The 2015 NFL Draft is just a few days away, and there’s plenty of reason to be excited about the festivities in Chicago if you’re a Tennessee Titans fan. Here’s our breakdown of everything Titans fans need to know heading into draft week.
Titans Believe In Mettenberger, Won't Draft A QB?
The Tennessee Titans believe in quarterback Zach Mettenberger so much that they’ll likely pass on one of the top QB’s in the draft with the No. 2 overall pick.
Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt and GM Ruston Webster believe they “landed the steal of the 2014 draft” when they picked Mettenberger in the sixth round, and they view the former LSU star as a poor man’s Tom Brady, according to David Climer of the Tennessean.
Mettenberger was largely inconsistent in his six starts as a rookie, completing 59.8 percent of his passes for eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Titans Trade Talks For Philip Rivers Are Dead
Tennessee is in position to draft either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota, and they’ve been linked to veterans Jay Cutler and Philip Rivers in trade rumors, but they seem content on going with Mettenberger as their starting quarterback, according to ProFootballTalk:
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Peter King of TheMMQB.com explains that he doesn’t believe a trade will happen, calling it a “gut feeling” based on spending “lots of time calling around” the league. King nevertheless believes the Titans and Chargers will talk, but he doesn’t see a match.
King thinks the Titans would want more than Rivers in exchange for the second overall pick in the draft. And that’s likely enough to kill the deal on its own, given that the Chargers should want more than the second overall pick in the draft for a proven franchise quarterback — especially if that proven franchise quarterback will also be extending his contract as part of the trade.
So the possibility of a trade seems to be dead, assuming it was ever alive in the first place. It’s possible, if not likely, that the issue arose from the looming expiration of the quarterback’s contract.