According to quarterbacks coach George Whitfield, the idea of the Browns trading up for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is a “very real” possibility.
“It’s a very real situation, it’s always going to be a business and bottom-line situation,” Whitfield told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “And here they are with two first-round picks, and there are some talented young guys in this draft again that can play quarterback, and if they make that decision to bring him in, that’s big for him to get a chance to go in and compete with Johnny.“
There has been a lot reports suggesting that the Browns could make the move up for Mariota, given that they’re armed with two first-round picks this year — No. 12 and No. 19 overall.
On top of that, new Browns QBs coach Kevin O’Connell has been working with Mariota for a number of weeks and is a familiar with him as anyone.
Jason Cole reports that the Browns are the hottest team after a quarterback this offseason and are willing to look to the trade market to upgrade at the position, so it’s clear that all options are on the table right now for Cleveland.
Former NFL executive Joe Banner reported earlier that “many” teams already have Mariota clearly rated ahead of FSU QB Jameis Winston.
If the buzz surround Mariota continues to grow in the coming months, there is a very real chance that the Titans could auction off their No. 2 overall pick for the right to take which ever quarterback is still on the board.
We’ll have more regarding the Browns and their search for a quarterback as the news is available.