Jason Cole of Bleacher Report spoke to a high level Washington source who indicated that the Redskins interest in Oregon QB Marcus Mariota “is real.”
According to Cole, Washington would be willing to move on from Robert Griffin III and go in a different direction at quarterback in the event Mariota is available to them by the time they’re on the clock.
However, Cole mentions that the Redskins are not interested in trading up to get the Heisman Trophy winner, which means the only way he ends up in Washington would be if he fell to them at No. 5 overall.
Everything is likely to come down to what the Titans do with the No. 2 overall pick. Many have suggested that the Titans could take USC DL Leonard Williams with their first-round pick, but HC Ken Whisenhunt mentioned n Tuesday that taking Mariota is an option they’re at least considering.
Tennessee could always auction off their No. 2 pick to a team looking to trade up for Mariota such as the Browns or the Eagles.
There’s also the possibility that even if Mariota gets by the Titans at No. 2 overall, the Jaguars or the Raiders could field offers for their pick given that there is such a big drop off at quarterback after Mariota and FSU QB Jameis Winston.
As of now, the Jets, Buccaneers, Titans, and Chargers have scheduled private workouts with Mariota, but more teams could be added to this list in the coming weeks.
During his three years at Oregon, Mariota threw for 10,796 yards while completing 66.8 percent of his passes to go along with 105 touchdowns and just 14 interceptions.