The Titans could trade the second overall pick to the Chargers for quarterback Philip Rivers. Or the Titans could take quarterback Marcus Mariota. Or they could stick with Zach Mettenberger, as they reportedly plan to do.
Assuming they decide to stick with Mettenberger, what will they do with the second overall selection? Many think they’ll take USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams, beefing up the interior of the defensive line after keeping pass rushers Derrick Morgan and adding Brian Orakpo in free agency.
But the Titans need stars, too. Specifically, they need players who’ll sell tickets and jerseys and make the team interesting enough to merit something more than a perfunctory Thursday night game against the Jaguars.
And that’s prompting some to think that, as the draft approaches, the Titans could target a receiver with the second overall pick, with Amari Cooper and Kevin White being the primary candidates.
Sure, they could trade down and take a receiver. But if they don’t get an offer they like and if they have to make the pick, don’t be shocked if instead of Williams the Titans opt for a pass catcher who could either become a star on his own or help Mettenberger become a star.
Or, ideally for the Titans, both.