With just over a week to go before the NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans are reportedly shopping the No. 2 overall pick – which could presumably be used on Marcus Mariota.
Is this a smart play for the Titans long-term, or is this just a poker play right now?
Well, as it turns out, it might be both.
“I would definitely dangle the pick if I had the No. 2 pick in the draft,” CBS Sports Network draft analyst Corey Chavous said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “If nothing else, you can at least find out what you (can) get for it – and maybe that’s a first-round pick next year. Maybe you get a second-round pick this year. So to me, I believe that both teams benefit, but certainly the team that has the No. 2 pick benefits more.”
While Jameis Winston to Tampa Bay looks like a foregone conclusion, it’ll be interesting to see if the Titans draft Mariota or if they trade the pick for, say, Philip Rivers, who could reportedly be on the way out in San Diego. Adding to the suspense is the fact that Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt was the Chargers’ offensive coordinator in 2013 – the year Rivers threw for 32 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions.
“I think if they could get Philip Rivers, they would go for that,” Chavous said. “I mean, why not? Because of the success they’ve previously had working together in San Diego, I don’t see why you would not try to potentially make that move if you’re trying to have an immediate turnaround. Now, who’s to say he even wants to go anywhere? It sounds like he just wants to stay in San Diego and finish everything out. And if I’m San Diego, I don’t get rid of Philip Rivers at any cost. I don’t. But at the end of the day, I believe they possibly could end up doing something like that.”
But why would you not give up Rivers at any cost? Granted, Rivers hasn’t missed a game in nine years and has thrown 25+ touchdowns passes in seven straight seasons, but he also has just one playoff win since 2009 and turns 34 in December.
“To me, they’re a team (that’s) been a little bit on the verge, and then this year they took kind of another step back,” Chavous said of the 9-7 finish. “You’re at the end of whatever you’re going to get out of him. If he’s willing to want to stay, you don’t know if you’re going to sign him past this year. Obviously you don’t have the extension or anything in place. But if you’ve got a legitimate chance to win in that division right now against a person who’s won in that division – which is Peyton Manning – your best shot is with him and not looking at three or four years down the road. If you bring in a rookie quarterback, I doubt he’s going to be as good as Philip Rivers, particularly the last two years. In 2013, he was the Comeback Player of the Year. So I just don’t think with the climate in your division (that) you can make that move.”