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4 QBs the Titans Need to Target for Next Year After They Jump Ship on Marcus Mariota

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 19: Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans passes during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on September 19, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The 2015 Draft's "win-win" of top quarterback prospects in Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota is looking less and less like a win-win with every game. While Winston has been outright bad, Mariota has disappointed through bouts of success over the last few years, leading to some doubt over if he'll be back in Tennessee next year. Be it through the pro or college ranks, the Titans should look to these four quarterbacks if they decide to move on from Mariota.

4. Andy Dalton

CINCINNATI, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 15:   Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws the ball  during the game against the  San Francisco 49ers at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
San Francisco 49ers v Cincinnati Bengals | Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Dalton looks reinvigorated under new head coach Zac Taylor, but the Bengals are still going to be one of the worst teams in the league when the dust settles. While owner Mike Brown is loyal to a fault--look no further than Marvin Lewis--even he will realize Cincinnati could grab a franchise quarterback in this draft. If Dalton leaves, and the Titans part with Mariota, the Red Rifle could be on his way to Nashville as the starter.

3. Jake Fromm

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 7: Quarterback Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs throws the ball during the first half vs the Murray State Racers at Sanford Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Murray State v Georgia | Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Mariota is still a serviceable quarterback and the Titans have a good defense, so they're not going to bottom out and end up in Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert territory. This leaves Fromm as the next best option. While his arm strength leaves a lot to be desired, he is hyper-accurate and an efficient passer in rhythm, which should bring him into the first round conversation. If they miss out on Fromm, Utah State's Jordan Love or Washington's Jacob Eason could also work.

2. Nick Foles

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 08: Nick Foles #7 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in action during the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at TIAA Bank Field on September 08, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs v Jacksonville Jaguars | James Gilbert/Getty Images

Gardner Minshew mania is sweeping Jacksonville, which has to be awkward for Nick Foles. Foles, who signed an $88 million contract with the Jaguars in the offseason, now finds himself in danger of being Wally Pipp'd by Minshew, who has thrown five touchdowns against one interception this season. If the Jags decide on Minshew as their future, Foles could be on the move, and the Titans have the need at QB and cap space to pull off a trade.

1. Jalen Hurts

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs the ball during the second half of a game against the UCLA Bruins on at the Rose Bowl on September 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Oklahoma v UCLA | Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The Titans have a thing for running quarterbacks (Steve McNair, Vince Young, Mariota), and Hurts could be next in line. He is much more refined as a passer under Lincoln Riley, and is now being looked at as a serious NFL prospect after emerging as a pocket passer at Oklahoma. The Titans could look to build through the draft, and snapping up Hurts with a mid-round pick would be a brilliant idea.