Ken Whisenhunt, the coach of the Tennessee Titans, believes Marcus Mariota would unquestionably be the Day 1 starter for his team. In an article by Jim Corbett of USA TODAY, Whisenhunt said, ”If we pick him at No. 2, you definitely think he can be the Day 1 starter.” Whisenhunt went on to say that, “In watching him at his workout with his teammates, they all gravitated towards him. So he’s got that leadership ability.”
Mariota is widely believed to be one of the top two quarterbacks in this year’s draft, along with Jameis Winston of Florida State. If experts’ assumptions are correct, and Tampa Bay takes Winston with the No. 1 pick, the Titans will have quite the decision to make come draft day.
Mariota provides the Titans with a unique opportunity, considering the Hawaiian might be the best dual threat prospect to come out of college — ever. On the flip side, the Titans already drafted a QB last year, Zach Mettenberger, who many believe that the team wants to give him another year to develop. If that’s the case, and the Titans don’t take Mariota at No. 2, he could land just about anywhere.
Other possible landing spots for Mariota include Washington, New York (Jets), St. Louis, Cleveland, and Philadelphia.
The only question that seems to linger on scouts minds, and this applies to Tennessee as well, is whether or not Mariota can master the fundamentals of being a drop back passer. His ability to run is a given, however, in a pro style offense Mariota will need to show complete mastery of footwork under center to one day earn a permanent starting job in the NFL.
Top photo from flickr.com
Caleb is a sophomore at the University of Oregon intending to double major in Journalism and Sports Management. He is the Managing Editor for FishDuck.com, along with being a lifetime Saints and San Francisco Giants fan, as Caleb fell in love with sports at a young age and developed that love into a passion for sports analysis. He is looking forward to cheering on the Ducks throughout his career at Oregon, and is always willing to talk sports with any fellow fan.
FishDuck Going to Articles on Monday and Tuesday Only…
Our off-season schedule begins, and we move from publishing articles seven days a week to Mondays and Tuesdays only. Same great group of writers, and we will have an article on other days on occasion.
The Our Beloved Ducks Forum (OBD) is where we we discuss the article above and many more topics, as it is so much easier in a message board format over there. At the free OBD forum we will be posting Oregon Sports article links, the daily Press Releases from the Athletic Department and the news coming out every day.
Our 33 rules at the free OBD Forum can be summarized to this: 1) be polite and respectful, 2) do not tell anyone what to think, feel or write, and 3) no reference of any kind to politics. Easy-peasy!
OBD Forum members….we got your back. No Trolls Allowed!