Mock draft season is heating up with just a month away from the 2015 NFL draft.
Everyone knows Jameis Winston is going No. 1 overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so it's no surprise Todd McShay's latest on ESPN has him going No. 1 overall.
however, McShay has another quarterback going No. 2 overall to the Tennessee Titans, even though they've done everything to suggest they're ready to roll with Zach Mettenberger in 2015. He doesn't just think the Titans will take Mariota though, and lists out three options for Tennessee. Take Mariota at No. 2, trade with a team like the Jets or Raiders to move back, or take USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams.
Here's his breakdown of Mariota going No. 2:
The Titans could very well take Mariota, even though he doesn't fit the pocket passer prototype that head coach Ken Whisenhunt has had success with in the past, because Mariota would provide good mobility from the QB position behind an offensive line that really struggled last year. 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.
Rounding out the top 10 are Amari Cooper (Jaguars), Leonard Williams, (Raiders), Dante Fowler (Washington), Randy Gregory (Jets), Kevin White (Bears), Shane Ray (Falcons), Brandon Scherff (Giants) and DeVante Parker (Rams.)
For a guy with the talent of Williams to fall to Oakland may end up being the steal of the draft if it happens. He's the No.1 overall prospect on many scouts, analysts and bloggers' big boards.
Oakland needs to surround second-year QB Derek Carr with weapons. But defensive end is arguable the team's second-biggest need, and Williams is an excellent value here as the best all-around defensive player in the draft. He's an impact performer against the run and the pass, and has the versatility to play multiple roles along Oakland's defensive front.
The Browns, owners of two first-round picks, go with Miami OT Ereck Flowers and Washington DT Danny Shelton.
The Saints, also owners of two first-rounders, go Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson and Clemson OLB Vic Beasley. Both teams have the ammo with two picks to move up in the first round, but McShay has them staying put for now.