2012 NFL Draft: Tennessee Titans 7-Round Mock Draft Version 3
For those of you who haven't see my previous mocks, you may be interested to check them out here, and here. While some picks remain the same, the commentary on them will be different, so make sure to read and comment.
Let me know if you want me to list alternative picks for certain repeat players. Also, I don't want to change the players that would be great fits for us just for the sake of changing, but if that is what you want, let me know and I will only pick new players every week.
As a Titans fan, I am going into this mock pretty set on the idea that we need these positions: C, RG, DE, S, CB, WLB. My picks won't go in that exact order, so let me know what you think, and who you want in two-toned blue next year!
So without further ado, here are my picks, enjoy!
1. Peter Konz, C/OG, Wisconsin (Same Pick for Different Reasons)
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Peter Konz is the stud center for Wisconsin, and this is his second week on this list. Even with free agent center Dan Koppen visiting, I still think Konz would be worth the pick here. I would take Konz even if we signed Kopped—for the same reason I think the Jets may snatch him out from under us: continuity.
Nick Mangold is the center for the New York Jets and has been one of the best players at his position for many years now. If Konz gets drafted by a team that has a quality center, he will probably end up at a guard position.
There, he can mature and develop while being able to study under a seasoned veteran. Then when the team decides to let go of that veteran, Konz will be able to slide over and fill that spot with no problems.
Outside of left tackle, I believe that center is the most important position on the line. The center has to help the QB read the defense pre-snap and also echo the line calls down to the tackles. He is the leader of the line, and there is no one even close to Konz in this draft.
He is the best center, and he can be an immediate starter in the Titans' offense. With him at center (assuming Koppen doesn't get signed), the Titans can either put Amano in the mix for the right guard position, or they can cut him to free up some cap room. Either way it is a win-win.
This pickup may not be sexy, but the results will be. CJ will finally have an interior line that can match the amazing tackle play that we have had with Stewart and Roos for these last few years.
Not only that, but with inside defenders kept at bay, whoever wins the QB job will have more time to sit and read in the pocket. Either way, the result is a much more efficient and productive offense. For more on how great Konz is, here is an in-depth profile I did on his game tape.
2. Lavonte David, WLB, Nebraska (Repeat)
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This is the same information as the last mock, but for those who haven't read it, check out the talent that David brings to this class.
David is a playmaker and has first-round talent, so I only half-expect him to be here. However, if you have been watching free agency, you know that outside linebackers are somewhere around the seventh-most valuable position behind QB, DE, LT, X-WR, CB and C.
That makes me think that even if he is very talented, there is a good chance that teams will reach for a less talented CB or WR instead of taking BPA, which at this point would almost have to be David.
During his senior season at Nebraska, he was one of the most explosive athletes in the country. During that time, he racked up 133 tackles, 13 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, three FF and two INTs. Talk about being productive—what more could he do to prove his worthiness?
Well, look no further than how consistently he has been this productive. During his two years in JUCO, he recorded 216 tackles, 31 TFLs, eight sacks, eight forced fumbles and four INTs.
Imagine how productive he could be in a defense with the instinctive and talented second-year starters Colin McCarthy and Akeem Ayers.
3. Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt (NEW)
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Casey Hayward may be a relatively unknown prospect, but I am about to give him some praise.
First of all, I would like to take my hat of to him as a player. When you play at Vanderbilt and have to go against the opponents they did, it would be easy for a lesser player to lay down.
However, he showed tremendous heart and character to go out on Saturdays and try and stick with (in my opinion) the best WRs that college football has to offer. The best part about it is that he proved to be up to the challenge.
With his 15 career INTs and very solid coverage skills, it wouldn't be out of the question to think that Hayward may not be here at this point.
That being said, I think that he may still be around when the Titans pick again, and if so, he could be staying at home. The Nashville area knows Hayward well and I know many Titans fans that are clamoring to get this guy in Round 2 or 3.
He isn't a physical specimen, but he is 5'11", 188 lbs, according to ESPN. That height is more than acceptable for a CB. With the toughness and coverage ability that he has shown, I think he could earn the job as the starting nickelback out of camp.
Then, he could possibly force Verner to the NB so that Hayward can show off his man-to-man coverage skills full time as the No. 2 CB.
4, Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma (Repeat)
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Another repeat pick with the same info. If you haven't read, this is a good chance to familiarize yourself with a possible future star in the slot.
This should almost be classified as a 2013 pick, because that is when it will truly have an impact.
Broyles was a key piece in the Oklahoma offense this year. When he went down with a knee injury, that fine-tuned machine screeched to a halt, and it really exposed some flaws in Landry Jones’ game (in the top-three QB category).
Broyles hasn't had his pro day yet, but if he can show that he is on track to pick up his 2011 pace, then he would be a steal in Round 4.
He could be an amazing slot corner in the Tennessee offense. The best part is that if Jake Locker is relegated to bench duty for another year, he could start building chemistry with his emergency option/dump-off receiver in Palmer’s offense.
Best case scenario for Broyles is that he is able to step into a rotational role at the midpoint of the season. Shortly before or thereafter, Locker gets promoted to a starting role. The WRs would be Britt at X, Washington at Z, Cook at Y and Broyles in the slot. Their respective backups would be Williams, Hawkins, Stephens and Mariani.
Not a bad rotation, right?
5. Ryan Davis, DE, Bethune-Cookman (Repeat Small School Stud)
Please take a moment to watch the video of pure talent above.
For those of you that watched the clip, how impressive is Davis?
He not only has impressive statistics, but he also looks the part on film. His rush skills are great, he is flexible, strong and quick and he uses a variety of techniques to get to the quarterback.
The thing that makes him worth this pick is that his run defense is equally impressive. He flashes great inside rush ability paired with elite instincts, which show up when he plays the read-option. For my full thoughts on him, here is a post.
At the next level, I would be shocked if he wasn’t at least a rotational player on any team. For a DE-needy team like the Titans, he would be so valuable.
In fact, I liked him so much that I have been asking around about him. While I haven’t gotten any juicy answers from inside sources, I have found out that people like him and say that he would probably be available here but not much later.
6. Mike Daniels, DT, Iowa (Comeback Player)
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Back by popular demand and because he is very deserving: Mike Daniels
This Iowa guy is a high-motor player that knives into opposing backfields and wreaks havoc. However, he doesn't get the hype to match his production.
Sound familiar? It should if you are a Titans fan, because this guy has a lot of Karl Klug in him.
From a play standpoint, these two are almost twins—Daniels keeps his pads down and keeps his motor going at all times. Even though he has so much upside, scouts seem to be missing him when they talk about some of the top defensive linemen this year.
Well, that plays right into the Titans' hands.
While defensive tackle is not a huge need for the Titans, it can help establish some continuity next year when we rotate defensive lineman. Two groups (Klug and Casey, and Clayton/Smith and Daniels) could rotate in and continue the relentless interior rush that championship teams need.
7. Janzen Jackson, CB/S/ST, McNesse State (Repeat)
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Jackson may be the toughest pick in this year’s draft for any team, and he is the pick I am least comfortable with in my draft. He has huge upside, he has elite physical tools and when he puts it all together, he looks like a starting caliber NFL safety.
However, he does have his dark side both on and off the field. He has had his issues with drugs in the past, and there is no reason to think that they won’t continue when he signs his contract.
On the field, he can forget his responsibilities and freelance, hoping to land the “highlight hits” on ball carriers.
When you think about it, you just have to figure out if you think that you can put a chip on his shoulder and get him to play with a controlled rage, or if you will get a guy that will be cut a month after you sign him.
I think that if you can get him in a strong locker room (which Hutchinson, McCarthy, Babinueax, Hasselbeck, Roos and Stewart are trying to create), then he could definitely make it through a season. With that much time in the system, I think you can figure out whether he will be a great special teams player or if he could be a starting safety.
Also, healthy competition with Antonio Allen for the empty safety spot next year could be great for both parties.