Report: Titans driving hard bargain for No. 2 overall pick

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Want the No. 2 overall pick from Tennessee?

Get ready to pay big.

That’s the Titans’ stance on the matter at least, per a published report.

According to Fox’s Jay Glazer, the Titans have let it be known that only “a HUGEEEE value” will get them to move the selection.

Per ESPN’s Bob Holtzman, Titans G.M. Ruston Webster has indicated that 3-to-4 teams have been in contact with Tennessee regarding the No. 2 pick, with Webster noting that some of the discussions have been “fairly substantial.”

Also, Webster said the Titans would prefer to choose in the top 16 spots of Round One, ESPN reports.

The Eagles, who have long been linked to Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, select 20th in Round One.

Who doesn’t love draft poker?

UPDATE 1 p.m. ET: According to Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean, the Eagles, Jets, Browns and Rams have all talked to Tennessee.

71 responses to “Report: Titans driving hard bargain for No. 2 overall pick

  1. This tells me the Titans believe Mariota is a franchise QB, and they’ll take him. The only way another team can get to him is if they’re willing to make a substantial offer.

  2. These smoke screens all coming out after every insider saying only the Eagles are actively pursuing scream desperate attempt to raise the value.

  3. The other teams number 1,2 and 3. And just just might be crazy enough to ask for next years number 1 as well.

  4. Any team that trusts their scouts and actually knows how to draft should be willing to trade down and get more picks. It’s the dumb ones who dont want to.

  5. They can be extremely demanding because they know someone is really going to want Mariota, most likely the Eagles.

    They can basically ask for the moon.

  6. Blame the trade value chart. And the John Elway draft from way back. Teams thinks the two top-ranked QBs in any given draft class are automatically worth multiple 1st and 2nd round picks to come up and get but really, they’re just not.

  7. The Jets have a quarterback need and the best starting point ammo (No. 6 and Muhammad Wilkerson) to move up in order to get Marcus Mariota. The Titans want that No. 6 pick. They don’t want No. 20 or any of those Browns picks.

  8. Chip won’t be there in 2 years so he may as well mortgage the future for Marcus on the off chance he’s the franchise savior. O SB rings in franchise history, what’s there to lose eagles fans?

  9. Tennessee gonna take the Eagles to the wood shed:

    Tennessee = Bruno played by Sasha Baron Cohen
    Chip Kelly = kid on wrong end of the “bike”

  10. bassplucker says:
    Apr 30, 2015 1:05 PM
    Blame the trade value chart. And the John Elway draft from way back. Teams thinks the two top-ranked QBs in any given draft class are automatically worth multiple 1st and 2nd round picks to come up and get but really, they’re just not.

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    Totally agree, Draft picks in the top of the first round are so over valued its crazy… you know since about half are busts or never live up to that value

  11. If Jets move up, its for Fowler. Seriously, hes the missing link on that D that has been retooled. Unfortunately, the offensive line and the WR corps needs to be retooled.

  12. Jnks10 said:

    “These smoke screens all coming out after every insider saying only the Eagles are actively pursuing scream desperate attempt to raise the value.”

    A couple hours ago, Bob Holzman at ESPN tweeted that according to a league source, the Titans are also having discussions with the Browns, Jets and Rams. I repeat: a league source.

  13. It’s gonna be funny when Eagles end up chilling at the #20 spot and all the hype is for nothing. If Titans drafted Mariota they would just make him a bust. I see so many huge draft prospects just become busts only due to the team that drafted them.

  14. Nothing wrong with that… the Rand were in a spot where Washington had a player they needed to have at number 2 and it worked out for the Rams all right.

    Especially if the Titans want to give Zak another season

  15. titansfan23 says:
    Apr 30, 2015 12:56 PM
    This tells me the Titans believe Mariota is a franchise QB, and they’ll take him. The only way another team can get to him is if they’re willing to make a substantial offer.

    I don’t think it’s that simple. If they move back, they also lose the ability to take Williams, or Copper or White, etc. They might get a great player if they exchanged with the Deadskins, but they (the Deadskins) just re-upped with RGIII. Even at number 6, the Jets pick, they would lose out on Williams (touted as the best player in the draft by many), or possibly Copper or White.

  16. Here is what happens. Nobody trades with Tennessee, they draft Williams, then Jacksonville will hold all the cards and make a mega trade with Philly.

  17. This tells me they don’t like Mariota and are trying to get the most that they can from Philly. If they liked Mariota as a franchise QB, theres no way they trade. You think Colts even took any calls for #1 when Luck came out?

  18. As a Titans fan, I want Marcus Mariota in Nashville. As a Mariota fan, I would much rather he end up with the Eagles or Rams, whose head coaches both know you don’t handicap a dual threat quarterback by refusing to allow improvisation. #WhisenhuntEqualsControlFreak

  19. Have a hard time seeing the Titan’s head coach adapting his playbook to fit the strengths of Mariota early on. He would be smart to evolve.

  20. titansfan23 says:
    Apr 30, 2015 12:56 PM
    This tells me the Titans believe Mariota is a franchise QB, and they’ll take him. The only way another team can get to him is if they’re willing to make a substantial offer.

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    Or, more reasonably, this tells you that Tennessee doesn’t like the offers so far and are telling other teams to step up their offers.

  21. I think they will not get what they want, and then either be forced to draft him to either trade later or keep him. BIG risk. When your not winning you need to take the best player in this spot outside of QB. Browns already offered 2 # 1’s. Run with it, 2 solid players in the top 20 vs 1 stud at 2.

  22. This means absolutely nothing. Of course that’s going to be Tennessee’s stance. Do you expect them to come out and say they’re willing to take a mediocre offer for the #2 overall pick?

  23. Eagles best move to not budge on their offer let Tennessee show their cards and see who they take at #2.

    Please don’t trade Cox, he is better than Leonard Williams.

  24. Jets better not be attempting to move up for Mariota. Mariota is not worth it.
    I don’t want to lose Wilkerson either. Better impact player.

  25. tennesseeoilers says:
    Apr 30, 2015 1:10 PM
    Jnks10 said:

    “These smoke screens all coming out after every insider saying only the Eagles are actively pursuing scream desperate attempt to raise the value.”

    A couple hours ago, Bob Holzman at ESPN tweeted that according to a league source, the Titans are also having discussions with the Browns, Jets and Rams. I repeat: a league source.

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    Yea and Benjamin Allbright said he reached out to all teams with a little passive interest and they all said theres only 1 team aggressively going after Marcus Literally only one were his exact words. Then all the sudden its “leaked” their asking for a lot, then a ton of teams are going after them, then the owner may force them to draft marcus, then they make just stay there for marcus. There is a reason these “reports” are all coming out now. The titans don’t have the bidding war they were hoping for.

    And don’t try to sell me they actually want marcus. They pushed out locker because he wasn’t a true pocket passer and gave a 6th round pick a shot instead. They don’t want a spread Qb they wouldn’t know how to maximize his value. Hence why they are trying to drive up the price with all these reports 1 after the other. The jets would look silly signing fitzpatrick and draft geno to turn around and spend a lot for Marcus, The rams similar after going after foles so they might be interested but you can’t give up a lot after just trading for a qb, the browns traded up for Johnny football and it blew up in there face so I don’t think they are going to give a kings ransom plus it’s obvious they want bradford instead, The chargers were never in the mix that was a contract negotiation ploy, and the redskins just had the RG 3 mess plus have 3 qbs signed. There are teams that have interest if the price is cheap, but no one is willing to give up a lot but philly. Now tenn seeing that is trying to act like there is this crazy market.

  26. Tennessee may already be set with a 6-5 QB in Mettenberger, so why not field offers and rebuild with a number of picks, plus maybe getting another franchise player from Cleveland such as Gurley. Take Gurley plus a slew of picks from Cleveland (forget Philly) and presto.

  27. I’ve thought this whole time: “All this talk about Philly, and Cleveland et. al. trying to get their franchise QB at #2.”

    Doesn’t Tennessee need that position, too? Why would you ever pass up except for “crazy” compensation? And why – alternatavely – would any team offer “crazy” compensation for less than Andrew Luck? Mariotta is not Luck.

    A deal should not happen at #2. Not for “crazy” and I hope my Browns don’t move up.

  28. This is the one day in the year when the NFL bottom teams 1-5 think they are important. Give them their day of inflated ego. Guess what, tomorrow they are back to reality and a 4 win or less team.

  29. the Rams got 3 first round picks and a second for #2 pick that DC used to land RGIII; that should be the floor for the Titans this year as well…

  30. Its interesting to see the difference from one year to the next. Last year TeddyB fell to 32, my guess is that if he’d come out this year (even with the same bad pro day), he’d be a top 5 pick.

    AP and the #11 for the #2 pick.

    Vikes then trade #2 to Philly for their #1, #2 and demarco murray.

  31. They’d better loosen up a little bit or they’re gonna be stuck with that second pick

  32. ” IF ” the Browns do anything with Tenn. to acquire this pick…

    …I am blaming Jimmy “the Gent” Halsem and his Tennessee roots. Even Ray Farmer has to know better than to give up (2) #1’s this year, and (1) next year.

    The Browns 2016 #1 pick is Waaaaaay too valuable to include. Haslem better climb down off his high-horse…or Browns fans are gonna thrown him off!

    Ray Farmer, Mike Pettine: Chill the hell out, let it come to you this year. NOTHING WRONG WITH KEEPING #12 & #19 to improve the team for a one-year try out with Manziel & McCown pairing. Nothing, not with a solid Def, improved run stopping and new play-making RB –or– WR .

    So “Just sit-tight!”

  33. If the Titans set the price too high, and no one meets it, they either select Mariota for themselves – not the best scheme fit if you ask me – select Mariota and hope a team offers a trade later – not the best way to get value – or select Leonard Williams – and watch the Jaguars reap the rewards of the Titans’ greed.

    The Jaguars would jump at the chance knowing they could fill OL, WR, plus Edge Rusher positions with one move (trade with Eagles).

    Your move Tennessee…

  34. This is the smartest thing I’ve seen the Titans do in years. I’m not a fan of theirs by any means, but yeah, make them pay.

    Glad I’m not a fan of any of those teams mentioned in trade talks. Giving up the shirt on your back for the SECOND best QB in the draft has historically not gone well (RG3, Ryan Leaf, etc., etc., etc.)

  35. Titans’ beat writer Jim Wyatt (The Tennessean) reports that the Rams talks with Titans amount to “nothing meaningful.”

  36. Agreed, the Eagles are bidding against themselves…the Chargers are 100% OUT…the Rams are about 90% OUT…trading down…
    The Browns suck, have a million holes to fill and aren’t going to mortgage their whole draft and pull the plug on the Johnny Football experiment based on him starting TWO games for god’s sake…so they are OUT…the Eagles should simply state, this is what we’re offering, this is ALL that we’re offering, draw the line in the sand, and if TN demands more, tell them to take a hike….

  37. They may be doing this to drive the pricetag up even though they don’t necessarily want the pick. If they prefer to trade it they better be careful or people will just decide it’s not worth it and Tennessee will be stuck with the pick.

    It could be that they want the pick but will give it up if someone comes up with a (stupid) deal like Washington did for RGIII. I’m not sure anyone is going to do that.

  38. Wisenhut thinks hes some genius because he had warner throwing to fitz, that being said I would trade outta that pic if I was the titans hell no to Rivers too hes a interception machine

  39. Cleveland wanted Bradford so bad that they would trade their #19 pick just to get a guy who injured his knee twice, 13 million dollars cap hit and won’t resign with them. If I’m a Brown fans, I would just lose my mind and switch allegiance. Tennessee should ask for two #1s and #4 in 2015, a #1 in 2016, Fletcher Cox, Michael Kendricks for that second pick. If not, draft Mariota and build your team.

  40. I wouldn’t be surprise if Jets made deal with Titan for 2nd pick… However the deal and draft will turn out this way.

    Jets trade Mo Wilkerson, their this year 3rd pick, and next year 3rd pick

    for

    Titan 2nd pick, and next year 1st pick.

    Draft-

    Jets 2nd pick, Williams, 6th pick, Mariota..

    Jets will be winner in this draft and will be set for long time without losing farm..

    Titan will be getting super savy Mo in their defense for years to come.

  41. Remember the Redskins traded 3 first rounders and a second just to move from number 6 to 2 and selected RGIII. Philly try to move from 20 to 2? Titans can ask for whatever they want.

  42. Not to rain on everyone’s’ parade but the Titans can grab Mariota at 2 and then trade him after the pick is in. Nothing even has to be done tonight. I’m sure they’ll want to do something before they go through the dog and pony show of a press conference.

  43. Enjoy a mess at QB Tennessee. Keep your #2. Titans set for another high draft pick next year.

  44. there is chance TB changes mind and takes MM which makes all this moot. or Tenn, observing how much demand there is for MM, decides to keep 2ndpick and take MM. or cleve moves up. they are best position to be trade partner as they already have 2 first rounders. if they want MM, they won’t trade with eagles to enable eagles to move up and trade with Tenn. cleve will effectively block eagles.

    TB,. Tenn or cleve. book it.

  45. A HUGE VALUE!?

    That’s actually pretty funny.

    Maybe the Vikings would trade Adrian Peterson straight up for the pick.

    After all, they insist they would have to blown away to make a deal.

    Two sides with outsize expectations — pretty funny.

  46. “Also, Webster said the Titans would prefer to choose in the top 16 spots of Round One, ESPN reports”

    Umm……yeah, no kidding. If the Titans settle for a deal that sees them not drafting in the Top 16, their fans should march on team headquarters with torches and pitchforks no matter what else they wind up with.

    I understand they need a lot of help, but that is too far down to go to amass picks.

  47. titansfan23 says:
    Apr 30, 2015 12:56 PM
    This tells me the Titans believe Mariota is a franchise QB, and they’ll take him. ”
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    Not necessarily. Remember it’s all about demand. The Titans may very well think Mariota or Winston are complete duds but they know OTHER teams desperately want that #2 pick to get a QB or some other player. Thus they are asking for the moon hoping that some other desperate team will bite.

  48. Interesting that there is absolutely no talk about any team trying to get the Buc’s #1 in order to draft Winston.
    Seahawks are w/o a first round pick this year. Big deal. They got Jimmy Graham who is worth the next three years #1 picks.

    GO MARIOTA. The NFL can use a major dose of everything that is good about you, lad.

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