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Tennessee Titans Draft Preview

Posted on: April 24, 2011 4:30 pm


   2010 record: 6-10, fourth place AFC South

2011 draft rundown

   Nine total picks (round): 8 (1), 39 (2), 77 (3), 109 (4), 130 (4), 142 (5), 175 (6), 212 (7), 251 (7) 

Top needs:

   Quarterback: The Titans have weapons on offense, but know they will be stuck in neutral until they decide upon what direction they will go at quarterback. The Titans will sign a stop-gap veteran, but more important, they are doing their homework on the quarterbacks in the 2011 draft class to find their future at the position. Early candidates include Missouri's Blaine Gabbert, Washington's Jake Locker, Nevada's Colin Kaepernick, Florida State's Christian Ponder and Texas Christian's Andy Dalton.

   Defensive end: New defensive coordinator Jerry Gray wants the Titans to be bigger at the end position in order to be able to line up over tackles more, rather than split out wide. That means they might have to look for a defensive end in the draft to go with last year's first-rounder Derrick Morgan, whose rookie year was cut short by injury. That change in philosophy might help explain why the Titans weren't eager to sign Jason Babin to an extension, despite 12.5 sacks.

   Linebacker: This is yet another area that is in transition and needs to get not only younger but bigger and faster. Stephen Tulloch could be a free agent, while Will Witherspoon leveled off after a strong start and Gerald McRath did not show the improvement expected in year two. Rookie Rennie Curran looked too small to make an impact, though he had a knack for tackling in college. A game-changer, sort of like Keith Bulluck in his prime, is sorely needed here.

   Safety: The Titans want Michael Griffin to take a step forward both in his play and in leadership. They also are laying the ground work to find the eventual replacement for Chris Hope, who is entering the final year of his deal. Depth is a concern in this area, as the team appears down on Vincent Fuller, while youngsters Robert Johnson, Nick Schommer and Myron Rolle are complete questions marks due to lack of experience.

First round focus

   8th overall

   --Even though new head coach Mike Munchak made his living on the offensive line, the Titans are looking for size in their defensive line and general playmakers on that side of the ball. Finding a defensive end with size at the eighth pick won't be a problem, but if quarterback Blaine Gabbert falls down the board more than people project, they'll jump at the chance to secure his services. 

Five names on Titans' board
  --DE J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
  --DE Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson
  --DE Cameron Jordan, California
  --DT Nick Fairley, Auburn
  --QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri 

--Contributed by Senior Analyst Chad Reuter

Category: NFL Draft
Tags: Tennessee, Titans

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:20 am

Tennessee Titans Draft Preview

lb first..
but nobody deserve a pick so high...better trade down

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