It may have been a nice win on Monday Night Football against the New York Jets, but the Tennessee Titans could have hurt their chances at getting a stud defensive end in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft.
The Titans would have the 10th pick overall if the season ended today, which means that guys like Damontre Moore and Jarvis Jones will be long gone when the Titans get their first pick.
However, one area that continues to show weakness for the Titans is their offensive line. It has been exposed through the number of injuries they have suffered.
The Titans still need to take a defensive player with their first-round pick, but taking an offensive line prospect would not be a bad idea in the second round to get deeper at this position.
Injuries are a part of the game, and the Titans have not been prepared to deal with injuries to their offensive line.
The Titans should strongly consider going after a guard in the second round, and Gabe Jackson from Mississippi State would be a good pick early in the second round of the draft.
Jackson is projected to go in the third round, according to CBSSports.com, but Jackson has enough upside to go in the second round if a team needs him bad enough.
Throw the Titans in that category.
After addressing both the defensive and the offensive line, the Titans would need to address safety in the third round.
Eric Reid was listed in a previous mock draft of mine, but he'll be long gone by the third round.
With that said, Shawn Williams has been great for Georgia this season despite its vaunted defense not living up to expectations this season.
Williams is a good open-field tackler and has exceptional ball skills. The Titans need to move Jordan Babinueaux out and try for Williams in the third round at strong safety.
The last three rounds should stay the same for the Titans in this mock draft, with San Diego State's Leon McFadden being taken at cornerback to give this unit some much-needed depth.
One thing that has lacked for the Titans in the running game is that Chris Johnson is clearly not a power back. The Titans could use a change-of-pace guy to help out Johnson between the tackles.
Zac Stacy, which is a local product out of Vanderbilt, would be a great choice in the fifth round for the Titans. He is a strong downhill runner that could very well be a steal in the fifth round.
What position should the Titans target in the first round?
The Titans should cap off their draft by taking a center, because Kevin Matthews is clearly not the answer going forward.
Titans Mock Draft
Rd 1: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Rd 2: Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State
Rd 3: Shawn Williams, SS, Georgia
Rd 4: Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State
Rd 5: Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt
Rd 7: Joe Madsen, C, West Virginia