2013 Mock Draft: Tennessee Titans
It's that time again.
Now, with another loss to a great Bears team, the Titans fall to 3-6. There are still several winnable games remaining on the schedule, but a top-10 pick is looking likely. For this mock, I have them picking seventh overall.
So what has changed in the last four weeks? Read on for my full seven-round mock draft for the Titans.
Round 1: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
The Titans could use either a top defensive end or a top corner with their first pick.
I have the top corner, DeMarcus Milliner, off the board before the Titans pick, so they end up having to choose between Damontre Moore and Johnthan Banks.
They'll select Johnthan Banks because the corner class isn't as deep as the defensive end class this year. Banks is also a stud.
I wasn't high on Banks at the start of the season, but now I have him nipping at the heels of DeMarcus Milliner as the top corner prospect.
Banks currently has four interceptions, another five defended passes, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble (which may have been the game-changer against Tennessee) and 37 total tackles.
He's the kind of big, physical corner that can shut receivers down and also make plays all over the field. He also did a better job of shutting Justin Hunter down than Milliner did, which helps his stock.
Round 2: Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State
I have the Titans forgoing shoring up the offensive line until later and settling for one of the very good defensive ends still sitting around at this juncture.
Cornellius "Tank" Carradine has prototypical size for a defensive end at 6'5" and 265 lbs. He's also been a sack machine, racking up eight sacks so far this season.
He also has eight quarterback hurries, nine tackles for loss, a forced fumble and 53 total tackles. This is all the more impressive when you remember than he was the backup for Brandon Jenkins until Jenkins suffered a season-ending injury.
Carradine is only around because there are so many even better pass rushers in the 2013 class, like Jarvis Jones, Barkevious Mingo, Bjoern Werner, Sam Montgomery, Damontre Moore and Alex Okafor.
If any of them stick around another year, Carradine will be a first rounder.
Round 3: Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas
Larry Warford would have been nice here, but he slipped by just a few picks earlier.
The Titans take Alvin Bailey as a consolation prize.
Bailey is about as pro-ready as offensive guards come. He started at guard in his freshman year and was a big part of Knile Davis rushing for over 1,000 yards and Ryan Mallett having a big year/.
He's tall for a guard at 6'5", but he's also quick with his feet.
He excels at both run-blocking and pass-blocking, and can start on the right side immediately, switching to the left when Steve Hutchinson's time is done.
Round 4: Jon Bostic, MLB, Florida
Yeah, you read that right. A middle linebacker in round four.
Colin McCarthy is great, but he's been injured a lot this season. The Titans need a reliable backup. Since there aren't really any starter-level centers or strong safeties on my big board that are available, the Titans may as well take a much needed backup.
Jon Bostic is a pretty solid. all-around player. He's a good tackler, decent in coverage and seems to be a leader, which is what the Titans miss when McCarthy is out.
Even if you limit it to stats, Bostic looks pretty good.
He currently has 51 total tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks, three quarterback hurries, two passes broken up, an interception and a forced fumble. Not a bad résumé.
It might seem strange to get McCarthy's backup in the same round as McCarthy, but when a player misses as much time as McCarthy has so far, his backup needs to be good.
Round 5: Chris Gragg, TE, Arkansas
Jared Cook has apparently requested a trade since he isn't seeing as much playing time as he thinks he should. I agree that Chris Palmer is under-utilizing him criminally, but even so, Cook is a free agent next year.
When someone with less than a year on their contract wants a trade, that makes it look unlikely that they'll re-sign with their old team.
The Titans may be looking for a tight end.
It's likely that, just a couple of weeks from now, Chris Gragg will be a much higher projected pick than this. He could fall this far coming off an injury. He'd be a big steal for the Titans.
So far this season, Gragg has only played in five games, but when he does play, he averages over 13 yards per reception. He also has three touchdowns on the season.
In his first game since an injury forced him to sit out for three games, Gragg had three receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown. He has since been injured again.
Gragg is a fast, athletic, pass-catching tight end, just like Cook was in South Carolina.
He could be a draft steal.
Round 7: Braden Hansen, OG/C, BYU
The Titans will have to eventually pick up an upgrade at center. Fernando Velasco is actually doing a pretty good job there, but he could be upgraded.
Hansen could be available in the last round and because he could play either center or guard, he could be valuable to the Titans. They will need more than one upgrade to the offensive line, if possible.
Hansen got dominated by Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, but so has everyone else that's gone against him, so that isn't really a big deal. Hansen is typically a good run-blocker and is decent in pass protection as well.
He could turn into either a reliable center or right guard down the road, so he'd be a good late-round pickup.