The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Florida State’s Jameis Winston with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, and the Tennessee Titans followed by selecting a quarterback of their own in Oregon’s Marcus Mariota.
Neither pick was a surprise, although it was a surprise to some at who was picking at No. 2. The Titans were involved in trade talks for weeks that reached a peak right before the draft. It wasn’t the Eagles, it wasn’t the Chargers and it wasn’t the Bears taking Mariota. It was the Titans, who say they’ll keep the quarterback.
Ruston Webster, Titans GM, told beat writer Jim Wyatt, “We’re not trading him.”
If neither gets traded and both start the season opener, they’ll play each other in Week 1, as the Titans visit the Buccaneers on September 13th.
Winston and Mariota are the first quarterbacks to go 1-2 in the draft since 2012 when the Indianapolis Colts selected Andrew Luck followed by the Washington Redskins trading up to draft Robert Griffin III.