Tennessee Titans Mock Draft: Latest 7-Round Predictions Heading into Bowl Season
With the Tennessee Titans currently in a tailspin, it's looking more and more likely that they're going to get very high draft pick.
The Titans continue to bring a weak pass rush, while the secondary has played better as of late with Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty.
Obviously, this Titans team is going to have plenty of weaknesses to address when April rolls around, and here's an updated mock draft as bowl season approaches.
Round 1: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
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The Titans once again failed to record a sack against the Houston Texans, and it was a big reason why Matt Schaub settled in early.
If the Titans are ever going to return to the top of the AFC, then this weak pass rush is going to have to drastically improve.
Kamerion Wimbley has just four sacks, which still leads the team. That's still not good enough, and it looks like the Titans might fall short of their sack total from last year.
If the Titans continue their losing ways, then they'll have the opportunity to take some pretty good defensive end prospects.
Damontre Moore out of Texans A&M would be a great pick in the first round. The Titans could use a high-motor guy like Moore on the defensive line.
It's still up in the air if Moore is going to return to school or not, but he's easily a top prospect if he comes out. If he does come out, the Titans have to go get him to make up for their horrid record that they'll likely finish 2012 with.
Round 2: Eric Reid, S, LSU
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If the Titans keep surging up the draft order with their current losing streak, then they'll have the ability to really start rebuilding their defense.
Once again Michael Griffin stunk up the joint against the Houston Texans, so safety is obviously a growing concern for the Titans.
Eric Reid has put together a great collegiate career as a critical part of a great defense in LSU. He's a hard-hitter in the secondary that is balanced in his skill set.
If the Titans pick early in the second round, then Reid may be a guy they can snatch up.
Third Round: Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas
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Jake Locker probably isn't taking his offensive line out to dinner anytime soon after that horrible performance against the Texans.
The truth is that this offensive line has emerged as almost as big of a weakness as the defense.
We saw in full effect how little depth this Titans offensive line is after both David Stewart and Steve Hutchinson left with injuries.
Kevin Matthews filled in and looked nowhere close to being ready to be a starter in the NFL.
Alvin Bailey has been a solid offensive lineman for Arkansas since 2009 and would really add some depth for the Titans.
Fourth Round: Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State
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With both Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty playing better as of late, the priority of filling this need falls back for the time being.
However, the Titans probably shouldn't wait any later than the fourth round to get a cornerback to compete for the starting role next season.
Leon McFadden is having a great season for San Diego State and is surging up the draft boards right now. He's already scored two defensive touchdowns and has the athleticism to make a huge impact in the NFL one day.
His only knock is that he's a little undersized, but he could be a steal for the Titans in the fourth round.
Fifth Round: Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt
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Chris Johnson may be putting up strong numbers, but the Titans still need another solid running back to take some of the workload.
Both Javon Ringer and Jamie Harper don't seem to be the long-term answers for the Titans in the future, and who's to say that Johnson won't gradually decline in his production next season?
The bottom line is that the Titans have to stay one step ahead of this possible problem by getting a running back this April, but it should come late in the draft.
Zac Stacy is a guy that isn't getting a ton of buzz in the draft, but he should be. Stacy has shown all year that he can get yards after contact, and that he has great intangibles.
Many projections have Stacy going in the seventh round, or even as a free agent. That means the Titans will have an opportunity late to get him.
Drafting a local product would not be a bad move here. Stacy's style of running tells me he has a future on an NFL team, and it should be the Titans if they're smart.
Seventh Round: Joe Madsen, C, West Virginia
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Nothing changes in the seventh round from the last projection.
The Titans need to start prepping up a young center because Fernando Velasco and Kevin Matthews don't seem to be the answers moving forward.
Eugene Amano also wasn't doing anything to impress anyone before being injured for the season.
Everything else will be addressed by this point, so go get a center and see if you can catch lightning in a bottle in the seventh round.