Mock Draft Monday: ESPN's Todd McShay Projects Mariota to Titans at #2


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Another Monday brings with it another slew of mock drafts for fans to dive into. Here are all the updates from NFL Draft Analysts around the country with what they predict the Titans will do with the second overall selection.


ESPN's Todd McShay]( released the fourth version of his mock draft and no longer has the Titans selecting USC DL Leonard Williams. Instead, McShay is going with Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.

"He has rare athleticism from the position and elite intangibles, but he needs to improve his footwork and anticipation as a pocket passer to win consistently in the NFL," McShay said.

McShay added that the Titans have three options with the pick. Taking Mariota, Williams or trading the pick for the right price. He named the Jets and Rams as the two teams likeliest to move up. has three new mock drafts from Bucky Brooks, Lance Zierlein and Charles Davis. All three have the Titans going with Williams.

"The Titans need a disruptive defender with the explosive athletic traits to play multiple positions in Dick LeBeau's 3-4 zone blitz scheme," said Brooks. "Williams should wreak havoc as the designated 'bull in the china shop' along the frontline."

"The combination of Jurrell Casey and Leonard Williams would be a formidable duo for Andrew Luck to deal with within the division," Zierlein said.

"The best player in the draft is the selection, even though the Titans have made noise about taking QB Marcus Mariota," said Davis.


Bleacher Report's Matt Miller]( put out a new seven-round mock, complete with compensatory picks. Miller agrees with McShay, saying the Titans will take Mariota with the second overall pick.

"Mariota has gone from clear-cut No. 1 pick to developmental player, and there's some truth to both. He is talented—athletic, accurate, smart and a high-character leader—and has big upside potential when you look at his work ethic and quarterback traits. He may not be what Ken Whisenhunt historically looks for in a quarterback, but the league is changing and the Titans need the franchise quarterback they haven't had since Steve McNair."

In the second round, Miller says the Titans will address their void at right tackle by taking Oregon's Jake Fisher with the 33rd pick. Miller has Tennessee going with Louisville CB Charles Gaines (third round), William & Mary WR Tre McBride (fourth round), Penn State LB Mike Hull (fifth round), Utah OL Jeremiah Poutasi (sixth round) and Syracuse FS Durell Eskridge (sixth round from Patriots) with their final five selections.

The whole team of Rob Rang, Dane Brugler and Pete Prisco still believes the Titans take Williams.

SB Nation's Dan Kadar has changed his mind away from Williams and now has the Titans selecting Mariota.

"As we get closer to the draft, the interest in Mariota seems to be intensifying. While there is a difference in interest and curiosity, I'll assume the former," Kadar said. "So many teams are sending so many people to interview and work out Mariota, there has to be a high level of interest there. Because of that, it's becoming hard to see him get past the second pick in the draft. Whether it's actually Tennessee making the pick is another story."

Walter Cherepinsky of updated his five round mock. He has the Titans taking Mariota, Pittsburgh OL T.J. Clemmings, Arizona State S Damarious Randall, Louisville G John Miller and Western Kentucky CB Cam Thomas in the first five rounds.

Also at, Charlie Campbell has a five-round mock draft. Mariota, Florida State CB Ronald Darby, Colorado State OT Ty Sambrailo, Arizona State OL Jamil Douglas and Alabama FB Jalston Fowler are Campbell's five predictions.

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