2015 NFL Draft: Titans get C- for picking Marcus Mariota at No. 2

With the second pick in the 1st round of the 2015 NFL Draft, the Titans select Marcus Mariota.

That's precisely why Pete Prisco gives the Titans a C- for this pick, wondering "Why? Why not take the best defensive player? What if he doesn't beat out Zach Mettenberger?"

Mariota gives the Titans a "true" franchise quarterback (read: one who was drafted with a really high pick) but he's not guarantee to be an impact player for the Titans in 2015.

Despite what the Titans say, do not rule out a future trade with the Eagles

The Oregon quarterback is ripped for playing in a system but Ken Whisenhunt said previously the Titans could fashion a spread-style offense with read-option principles around Mariota. Assuming he can beat out Zach Mettenberger

Despite winning the Heisman Trophy in 2014, Mariota is one of the most polarizing prospects in the entire NFL Draft. He has everything you want in terms of a quarterback, from his arm strength to his athleticism to his decision-making, but no one’s confident in projecting him to the NFL because of the system he played in at Oregon.

Chip Kelly’s made a nice transition to the NFL but we’ve yet to see an Oregon quarterback take the leap. Particularly concerning is the lack of under-center snaps taken by Mariota during his college career — he was in shotgun literally 99 percent of the time at Oregon.

Marcus Mariota is going to Tennessee. (Twitter)

Mariota’s often compared to Colin Kaepernick, but a better comp might be a “taller Russell Wilson.”

Utilizing him in spread concepts out of the gate while mixing in the read option could result in immediate production, even with plenty of critics declaring Mariota more of a project quarterback than a sure-fire immediate starter.

Per Joel Correy, Mariota will get $14.234 million in total compensation for 2015, with a signing bonus of $13.799 million.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

Our Latest Stories
    24/7 Scores, News, Highlights
    FREE ON ALL YOUR DEVICES