NFL Draft 2012: Tennessee Titans Should Go Defensive End in 2nd Round

Chad Minton@@chad_mintonCorrespondent IApril 27, 2012

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 22:  Defensive lineman Vinny Curry #99 of the Marshall Thundering Herd lines up against the Houston Cougars at Robertson Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Once again, the Tennessee Titans threw everyone a curveball with their first-round draft pick by taking wide receiver Kendall Wright from Baylor.

Despite having so many glaring weakness on the defensive side of ball, new Titans GM Ruston Webster decided to continue beefing up the offense.

Wright will definitely help the Titans put plenty of points on the board, but will they be able to stop anyone?

The Titans have to go defensive end with their next pick, which will be 52nd overall.

There still should be some viable defensive ends left by this point, including the possibility of Vinny Curry still being on the board.

If Curry slips to the Titans' grasp, then they have to jump all over the opportunity of stealing first-round talent in the second round.

Curry absolutely ate alive Conference USA opponents last season. You just have to wonder if those numbers translate to the NFL, but his raw pass-rushing skills should serve him well at the next level.

If taking Curry isn't an option, there will be plenty of other promising defensive end prospects still available.

The Titans have to eventually address the defensive line in this draft, and it wouldn't make sense to wait until late in the draft when it will be much more challenging to find a guy ready for the next level.

You're just not going to win very many games in the NFL if you can't put consistent pressure on the quarterback and also don't have a lot of depth to rotate your defensive line.

As it stands right now, the Titans would be in a world of hurt if they lost any of their defensive ends to lengthy injuries.

Dave Ball is still very much injury-prone due to his history of concussions, and Derrick Morgan has struggled to stay healthy during his two seasons for the Titans.

This must mean that the Titans are very high on newly acquired Kamrion Wimbley to solidify the position.

The Titans may have made themselves even more dangerous on offense with the addition of Wright at wide receiver, but they're still very average on defense until they add some depth.


High Rated Defensive End Prospects Still on the Board

  • Andre Branch (Clemson)
  • Ronnell Lewis (Oklahoma)
  • Vinny Curry (Marshall)
  • Derek Wolf (Cincy)
  • Tyrone Crawford (Boise St.)