By Enrique Cervantes
The focus of the entire time leading up to next week’s NFL Draft has been Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. He’s been linked to every single team, overshadowing Jameis Winston.
One of the biggest connections to Mariota is the San Diego Chargers, who already have a franchise QB in Phillip Rivers.
The speculation began when Rivers said he wants to play out the final year of his contract and has no intentions of moving with the team to Los Angeles if it happens. Then, the Chargers held a private workout for Mariota, and everything became even crazier.
The Chargers currently have the 17th overall pick, and a lot would have to happen for the Bolts to move up and nab Mariota.
This involves the team that owns the second pick: the Tennessee Titans. The head coach, Ken Whisenhunt, happens to be the former offensive coordinator for the Chargers.
If head coach Mike McCoy and general manager Tom Telesco make this move, the Chargers fanbase will explode.
Since being drafted back in 2004, Rivers is one of three major quarterbacks that have yet to make it to the Super Bowl, let alone win one. The other two are Eli Manning of the New York Giants and Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both have won twice already.
This is one of the things that has hurt Rivers’ resume.
He hasn’t been able to win it all, and it keeps him from being named an “elite” QB. Both the Titans and the Chargers have no future starter either on their roster, so going after Mariota makes sense.
If the Bolts select Mariota, both him and the fanbase will have to wait at least a year or two before he becomes the starter. Any of the other teams that pick him will immediately make him the starter from Day One.
That’s the biggest reason why Mariota to the Chargers works for both sides.
The Chargers will have their replacement for Rivers once he’s gone (whether he retires in 2 years or gets traded to move up in the draft), and Mariota can take some time to develop and tune his game up a little more.
However, this happening is just as likely as the Philadelphia Eagles moving up in the draft. Both teams have too many pieces to move, and it’s highly unlikely he’ll fall that far in the draft.
But seeing his number eight in powder blue would be a great sight.
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