Tennessee Titans: Picking Kendall Wright Means It's Time for Jake Locker

Chad Minton@@chad_mintonCorrespondent IMay 1, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 26:  Kendall Wright #1 of the Baylor Bears runs the ball against Cornelius Douglas #2 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Cowboys Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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At first glance, the Tennessee Titans' first-round draft pick makes very little sense considering how many talented defensive prospects were on the board.

However, when you look more closely, it actually makes more sense than you might think.

Sooner or later, Jake Locker will become the franchise quarterback he was drafted to be, and the Titans are ensuring that he has plenty of weapons when that happens.

With the addition of Kendall Wright, the Titans have more than enough talented wide receivers and tight ends to make this passing game a very good one.

Wright is primarily a deep threat that will help the Titans stretch the field, something they haven't had in a long time.

You also can't forget about Nate Washington, who can also catch his fair share of deep balls.

That brings up Locker, who has an exceptional deep ball, especially outside the pocket.

If Kenny Britt can make it through a full season, then there's no reason why the Titans can't be one of the top scoring teams in the NFL. This should be the case whether it's Locker or the veteran Matt Hasselbeck.

You could even argue that Locker adds more points to the scoreboard because he's much more dynamic than the aging Hasselbeck.

What this really means is that the Titans are gearing up for Locker to become the starter at some point this season.

Hasselbeck has enjoyed a great NFL career, but it could be Locker's turn to start a great NFL career of his own.

He has all the tools around him on offense, while the defense is full of young talent that should continue to improve.

The Titans are going to lean heavily once again on young guys like Colin McCarthy, Karl Klug and Akeem Ayers to anchor this defense.

It also means that the Titans have a ton of faith in the recent addition of Kamrion Wimbley to the defensive line.

Wimbley has 42.5 sacks in his career, including seven last season.

That total would have been good enough to lead the Titans last season, along with Klug.

It would've maybe been more logical to address the defensive line earlier, but we do know that this offense will have no excuses heading into next season.

The Titans hit their peak with Hasselbeck last season, but can go even higher with Locker under center. He's the future of the franchise and can really make this offense tough to stop.

Adding Wright in the first round says that the time to start Locker is now.

In his senior season, Wright averaged over 15 yards per catch with the potent Baylor offense.

Wright can begin making an impact as a slot receiver in Week 1, while Locker can still rely on his athleticism to move the chains when need be.

Hasselbeck's days of scrabbling outside of the pocket are long and gone.

The question to whether the Titans will return to the playoffs will rest on the defense, but the offense couldn't be more set up for Locker to take the keys to the car from Hasselbeck in 2012.