After all the speculation on which teams might trade up to get Marcus Mariota, the Titans decided to keep their pick, taking the former Oregon quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago.
Marcus Mariota is the highest pick from Oregon since 1955. Congratulations and #MahaloMarcus. #ProDucks #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/cNljpAPEyE— Oregon Football (@WinTheDay) May 1, 2015
#WelcomeMarcus pic.twitter.com/dDmniXlpA3— Tennessee Titans (@TennesseeTitans) May 1, 2015
Reaction to the pick at the #TitansDraft party. pic.twitter.com/NDPZRmEdO2— Tennessee Titans (@TennesseeTitans) May 1, 2015
Mariota becomes the first Oregon quarterback to be selected in the NFL draft since Dennis Dixon was taken by the Steelers in the fifth round of the 2008 draft. The last time an Oregon quarterback was taken in the first round was in 2002 when the Detroit Lions selected Joey Harrington with the No. 3 overall pick. Mariota is also the highest-selected Duck since George Shaw went No. 1 overall in 1955.
Not that Mariota cares, but Roger Goodell botched the big moment at the podium. We don't know who Marcus Marioto is, but he sounds like he has tremendous upside.
YOU. HAD. ONE. JOB. https://t.co/Ij31WEj4US— LostLettermen.com (@LostLettermen) May 1, 2015
It's no secret Tennessee has been trying to find a quarterback to build the franchise around. Earlier mock drafts had the Titans taking USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams, but when looking at their depth chart, you can see how the Titans are desperate for a more solid option at the quarterback position. Currently, the Titans have Zach Mettenberger, Charlie Whitehurst and Alex Tanney as the quarterbacks on their roster.
Mariota and Jameis Winston, who went No. 1 overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, are on a collision course once again, this time in the NFL. Mariota will likely be Tennessee's starting quarterback when they open their 2015 season against Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay.
Last month, Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt said if Tennessee selected Mariota with the No. 2 overall pick, he would likely be their starting quarterback right from the beginning.
Of course, this pick ended all speculation that Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles would throw everything they had at the Titans for the chance at the former Oregon quarterback. When it was announced Mariota would be headed to Tennessee, Eagles fans were crushed.
Eagles fans after the Marcus Mariota pick pic.twitter.com/rcYNmUVO2U— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) May 1, 2015
To no surprise, the Titans were flooded with phone calls about trading for the pick, but in the end, felt too strongly about Mariota to deal the pick away.
Webster says he had a lot of trade offers, but "We just felt strongly about Marcus, and that's the way we needed to go."— Tennessee Titans (@TennesseeTitans) May 1, 2015
And in case you were wondering, yes, Mariota's jersey is already available for purchase online.