Tennessee Titans Draft Needs
Tennessee finished up the 2012 season with a disappointing 6-10 overall record. Part of the problem was starting quarterback Jake Locker only played in 11 games. With the release of veteran backup Matt Hasselbeck, there’s no doubt that this is Locker’s team going forward. The Titans have been extremely active in the offseason, adding in several key players. The biggest signing came in offensive guard Andy Levitre. They also added in RB Shonn Greene, S Bernard Pollard, WR Kevin Walter, S George Wilson. Here’s a look at the five positions I feel Tennessee needs to target in the upcoming NFL Draft.
The Titans used their second round pick last year on outside linebacker Akeem Ayers and he showed a lot of promise in his first season. More help needs to be on the way, as Tennessee could use upgrades at both middle linebacker and at the other outside linebacker spot. One player they could go after with the 10th overall pick is Georgia outside linebacker Alec Ogletree. As far as middle linebacker is concerned, they should be able to find someone who can help right away with one of their picks in the middle rounds.
Tennessee spent a good amount of money on Kamerion Wimbley to come in and put pressure on the quarterback, but I think they overpaid. Wimbley is definitely someone who can help this team win, but the guy hasn’t recorded double-digit sacks since his rookie season back in 2006. Former 2010 1st round pick Derrick Morgan started to emerge late last year, but I still think more help is needed. If the Titans feel like this is as big of a need as I do, they shouldn’t have any trouble addressing this with their first round pick.
The Titans have two talented young corners in Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner, but if one of these two were to suffer a serious injury the Titans would be in trouble. I don’t except them to use an early pick on this position, but they should be able to add in someone in the 3rd or 4th round who can step in and be a viable asset in nickel and dime packages and start if needed on the outside.
The addition of Levitre was huge for the Titans after losing veteran Steve Hutchinson to retirement. That leaves Leroy Harris and Deuce Lutui as the likely two candidates to start on the right side. However, with this team relying so much on the ability of Chris Johnson in the running game, I think it would do wonders if they went out upgraded the right side in the draft. No one would be more happy than Johnson and newly acquired running back Shonn Greene if Tennessee was able to land either Alabama’s Chance Warmack or North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper with the 10th pick in the first round.
The addition of Kevin Walter gives the Titans a talented core of receivers that also features Kenny Britt, Nate Washington and Kendall Wright. However, the loss of tight end Jared Cook, leave Tennessee without a big target for quarterback Jake Locker to fall back on in the middle of the field. If the organization wants the offense to take the next step, they need to address this need with one of their four picks in the 2-4 rounds.
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