The Jacksonville Jaguars currently hold the No. 3 overall pick in the draft and a lot of how the rest of the draft shakes out could be molded by what the Tennessee Titans do with the No. 2 overall pick. If the Titans choose not to select a quarterback, it could put the Jaguars in a position to potentially trade down in the draft and there are now rumblings that someone like the Cleveland Browns, who own two first round picks, could be looking to move up.
From all accounts I'm hearing the Cleveland Browns are the front runners and working hardest in the hopes of acquiring the quarterback. Early last week I was told the asking price from the Tennessee Titans was both of the Browns first round picks as well as their choice in the second round, to which Cleveland replied no. Understandable Tennessee would have a high asking price at this point and even more understandable the Browns would say no. I'm told the Browns may be willing to part with both first round picks for Maroita but want to hold on to the second round choice to draft a much needed receiver.
It sounds like the Browns understand that, if these reports are true, that teams will be looking to acquire both picks No. 12 and No. 19 in a move for Cleveland to come up and get Marcus Mariota. If the Titans are demanding that much more, which the Browns apparently scoffed at, should the Jaguars swoop in and make a deal for just picks No. 12 and 19 for pick No. 3, if Mariota falls?
It's an interesting scenario for the Jaguars and for some reason, this year more than ever I actually feel like the team will move off the No. 3 overall pick. The big question is for what, exactly.
In this scenario, I think I probably would take No. 12 and No. 19 for the switch, and that's it. It's likely you'll land one of the edge pass rushers at No. 12, and it seems like a lot of them are kind of bunched together ability wise. There's not a drastic difference between the likes of Vic Beasley, Dante Fowler, Bud Dupree and Randy Gregory. One of those is likely to be there at No. 12. Then at No. 19, you can land the likes of potentially Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Landon Collins, DeVante Parker or whatever else you think you can swing there and still have pick No. 36 to play with.
Thankfully the NFL Draft is just 10 days away, so this will be all over soon.