Tennessee Titans 2013 Mock Draft: Predicting the First 3 Rounds
Predicting what direction the Tennessee Titans may go in the 2013 NFL draft isn't easy.
But I'll give it a go.
Mike Munchak is fortunate to have a relatively young team that only has a few holes to fill.
The Tennessee Titans had as good a draft as anyone in 2011, and I also liked the picks they made this year.
I've posted highlight reels for each draft pick so you can see why I like each player.
Round 1: Pick No. 21
Eric Reid, S, LSU
Michael Griffin is a good player, but he has only been franchised, and I'm not sure he is worth the money that it would cost to keep him.
I'd imagine he would be looking for Michael Huff money.
Eric Reid is better than Mark Barron and is the best safety prospect since Eric Berry in 2010.
Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu have overshadowed his ability, but I hope he steps up in a big way this year and shows his abilities.
Reid has great size at 6'2" and 210 lbs and has a great blend of athletic ability and smarts.
He is one of the hardest hitters in college football, and every receiver hears footsteps around them for the rest of the game following one of his hits.
As well as being great in run support, Reid also has great coverage ability. He is a true ball hawk in the middle of the field and uses his great hands to pluck balls out of the air even when it seems impossible.
Good tackling from safeties in the NFL seems to be a dying art, and that is why I think that Reid's value will skyrocket come next April.
Whether the Titans are looking for a safety capable of playing in the box or one who can sit back in the deep third of the field and prey on quarterbacks, they can't miss with Reid.
Reid is one of my highest-rated prospects for next year, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him go in the Top 10 if he has a stellar year.
Round 2: Pick No. 52
Khaled Holmes, C, USC
Holmes should be a first-round player, but I'm projecting him to fall here.
Peter Konz was the top-rated center last year, and he fell into the second round. David Molk and Michael Brewster also fell despite being highly rated before the draft.
Matt Barkley will help to get Holmes noticed. Most good quarterbacks have a reliable player in front of them who can be a consistent performer.
Jake Locker or Matt Hasselbeck will not have that with Eugene Amano at center.
Some of the criticism aimed at Amano is exaggerated, but there is no denying that the Titans need an upgrade at center.
William Vlachos was a UFA signing, but he lacks the ideal size and strength to hold up in the NFL. He does have great smarts and leadership, though.
Holmes has great athletic ability, but he also has great intelligence and leadership. Garry Paskwietz of ESPN.com reports that Holmes has the highest GPA of anyone on the USC roster.
Round 3: Pick No. 83
John Simon, DE, Ohio State
Kamerion Wimbley was a nice addition to the pass rush, but it wouldn't hurt to add another player to come off the edge.
Simon can also play defensive tackle, but I think he projects best as a defensive end at the next level.
Karl Klug is a prospect who shared some similar troubles. People weren't sure if he projected as a defensive tackle or a defensive end. They said he was too small, and nobody knew if he could cope in the NFL.
Simon has incredible strength. In high school at 6'2", 275 lbs, he was able to squat 700 lbs, according to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com. He can also bench press 225 lbs more than 40 times, according to Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch.
Simon could be more of a 5-technique in the 3-4 defensive scheme, but I like his versatility for the 4-3.
Simon has the talent to be a second-round pick, but I think that he could fall because of his size and Ohio State's inability to put him in the correct position to take advantage of his strengths.
But his relentless motor, developing pass rush and great run defense should be enough for the Titans to grab him.