The Titans held their pre-draft press conference on Tuesday and General Manager Ruston Webster shared some thoughts about the No. 2 pick that may give us a hint about what the team is prepared to do when they are on the clock on Thursday.
Webster said that he’s been in contact with a few teams about a possible trade, but that the Chargers are not among the clubs he’s spoken to about a deal and that no serious discussions have taken place at this point. The chances of a deal being made will likely have a lot to do with the Titans’ evaluation of the top two quarterbacks in the draft class.
Webster said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, that a franchise quarterback being available when you pick supersedes everything else that you might be able to do with the pick. Webster wouldn’t say whether he thinks that will be the case for Tennessee, but did offer that the team likes both Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota and that the Buccaneers’ selection with the top pick wouldn’t have any bearing on what the Titans did.
That much makes sense since the Titans likely joined the rest of us some time ago in the expectation that the Bucs will take Winston. It doesn’t clear up what they think about Mariota, however, and we’ll probably have to wait a couple more days to find out the answer to a question that will have a lot to do with how the rest of the first round plays out.