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The Titans linebacking corp is generally regarded as being good, given the emergence of MLB Colin McCarthy and solid play by SLB Akeem Ayers. Both are rookies, which is a positive sign for the future.
However, on the weakside, aging Will Witherspoon has become somewhat of a liability. He is awful in coverage and weak against the run. He does offer some veteran leadership and can blitz, but he is entirely expendable.
Options at WLB
Draft Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College: Kuechly has all the tools necessary to be a stud in the NFL. At Boston College, Kuechly put up a ridiculous 102 solo tackles, 12 tackles for loss and three interceptions.
Kuechly has great instincts, takes good angles and holds up against the run. It is unlikely that he makes it to No. 20, but if he does, the Titans should take him and develop one of the best linebacking corps in the league for years to come.
Draft Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina: Brown is probably the most athletic LB in this draft. He has stunning speed and has a nose for the ball. He gets fairly deep into his drops and uses his speed to cover a lot of ground in coverage.
However, against the run, he has trouble shedding blocks and is easily blocked out of plays. He will be a work in progress but certainly still an upgrade over Witherspoon.
Sign Jonathan Casillas, LB, New Orleans Saints: If the Titans opt against spending a draft pick on a linebacker, Jonathan Casillas could be a solid pickup for the squad.
A report came out today that the two sides were meeting in Nashville. Casillas is a speedy linebacker who, like Brown, covers a lot of ground quick. Rarely a starter on the Saints' defense, it is unlikely that he gets suspended when punishments are handed down for the bounties.