For weeks — maybe months — we’ve been hearing that the Bears have interest in Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. As is the case when NFL Draft fever is in the air, smoke screens and rumors have been floated around. Would the Bears consider trading Jay Cutler at or before the draft? Would they select one of the top two quarterbacks in this year’s class — Mariota or Jameis Winston — if one of them fell to their pick at No. 7 overall? Should they bypass other areas of need with that pick to take a risk on a QB?
Apparently, the Bears may not be faced with that dilemma.
According to SI.com’s Peter King, the Tennessee Titans, with the second overall choice, look like a candidate to either select Mariota or trade the pick to someone who wants him.
My philosophy is for the Bears to either take a pass rusher, a wide receiver like Amari Cooper, or trade out of the pick to accumulate more assets. Here’s hoping they’re not one of the candidates to trade up for Mariota.