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Draft needs: Tennessee Titans

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With the NFL Draft approaching, we’re taking a team-by-team look at the needs of each club. Up next is the one with the No. 11 overall selection, the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have six total picks, short a third-rounder from last year’s deal with the 49ers to move up to take wide receiver Justin Hunter.

Quarterback: Jake Locker’s probably down to his last chance with the Titans, to show development and to show he can stay on the field.

The fact he’s still working his way back from foot surgery complicates things as he’s not able to do much to make an impression on a new staff now.

New Titans boss Ken Whisenhunt is smart with his passers, putting them in good positions to succeed. He could probably do so with Locker, given enough time.

But time’s a question, as they face a decision on Locker’s fifth-year option before it’s time to make their first pick. And they might simply not want to take time away from the next guy, if they’re not convinced Locker has a chance to be the long-term answer.

As much as someone to take snaps and throw passes, the Titans need a bit of an identity, and if Locker’s not going to be the guy, they need to find another guy soon.

They’ve been linked to a lot of the second-tier quarterbacks such as Zach Mettenberger and Jimmy Garoppolo, but it shouldn’t be a surprise if they use their first-rounder on one.

Cornerback: Losing Alterraun Verner in free agency was a tough blow for the Titans, and left a hole opposite Jason McCourty.

At the moment, Blidi Wreh-Wilson would probably start, but they need an influx of talent there.

The re-tooling of the defense to suit Ray Horton’s 3-4 system has been done through free agency, filling the front seven with solid, capable players. But they need some guys in the back who can cover.

Running back: No, they did not want to pay Chris Johnson.

Yes, they still need to run the ball.

Getting rid of the expensive and explosive star left the Titans with Shonn Greene, and they desperately need someone to go with him.

While there’s probably not a player worth taking in the first round at the position, it’s one they need to address earlier rather than later, because with questions about the viability of their quarterback, they could use the stability the running game provides.

For several reasons, Auburn’s Tre Mason in the second seems like a natural fit, with the strength to handle a heavy workload, and the kind of big-play potential that would help fill the void left by Johnson.

Offensive line: They signed Michael Oher away from the Ravens to take the right tackle spot of David Stewart, but given their recent investments up front, you can’t rule it out.

They’re solid up the middle with last year’s free agent prize Andy Levitre and first-rounder Chance Warmack at guard, but adding some depth behind Michael Roos and Oher at tackle should be a priority.

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3 Responses to “Draft needs: Tennessee Titans”
  1. atntitan says: Apr 26, 2014 12:31 PM

    I really think we can get carlos hyde rb from ohio state or tre mason from auburn in second round. Although i like mason would be nice to get another workhorse back from ohio state(see eddie george in his prime). Now what we do with the first pick will be interesting although anthony barr is a popular mock draft pick we have a slew of linebackers. Im thinking maybe we should go best corner here or maybe eric ebron if available. We need a tight end opposite delanie walker who would give locker an extra safety valve with all the receivers we have as well. And if manziel is available we have to pull the trigger. Locker/manziel > locker/fitzpatrick. A qb rb 1st/2nd rd…i would be pretty happy.

  2. bechillin says: Apr 26, 2014 2:08 PM

    A corner or someone special to add the front 7 are the priorities. But if Mike Evans is available why not have the youngest and potentially most explosive wr core in the league?

  3. titansbro says: Apr 30, 2014 12:21 PM

    Hell no to Manziel. Dude has bust written all over him. While he was great to watch in college, all those amazing broken plays he turned into good plays in college won’t turn out the same way in the NFL. There is simply too much speed on the defense for those plays to be anything other than big losses most of the time.

    I would like to see a pass rusher or a DB in the first & the opposite in the 2nd. If Aaron Donald falls they GOTTA take him. He will be a stud. It really hurts to not have a 3rd this year because that’s where I’d probably take a RB. But I think they can wait until round 4 & take Terrence West out of Towson. I love all the talk about that guy. As far as QB goes, wait it out & take the best available guy in round 5. I’m really not concerned with taking a QB anyway this year. I don’t really love any of them.

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