Speaking at the NFL Rookie Symposium in Berea on Tuesday, Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota, who was selected No. 2 overall, was asked how much Kevin O'Connell helped him as he made the transition from college to the NFL:
"He did a great job for me. He provided me the information that I needed to hopefully make my transition [to the NFL] a little easier. He helped me with my 3-to-5-to-7 step drops; he did a great job."
If you recall, O'Connell worked as a private quarterbacks coach to Mariota, and right after he finished his obligation, the Cleveland Browns hired him as their quarterbacks coach. After his positive review of O'Connell, Mariota was asked about the Browns' interest in him with respect to the draft process, to which Mariota responded, "There was a lot of scenarios -- I never had any contact with the Browns."
That actually isn't much of a surprise to us. If you recall, there was no mention of Mariota on our pre-draft visit/interest tracker for the Browns. Cleveland was rumored to be tied to the whole Mariota situation, but most of that had to do with the Philadelphia Eagles wanting Mariota, which would set up a scenario for Sam Bradford to be shipped to Cleveland. Everybody stayed put on draft day, and Cleveland looks ready-to-roll with their quarterback situation involving Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel in 2015.