Titans Mock Draft: Instant Contributors Tennessee Can Find in Every Round
If you look hard enough, then you'll find highly talented prospects who could be instant contributors for the Titans in the 2013 season.
The Titans will have six draft picks in this year's draft, and nearly all of them will need to be a pick that can make contributions right out of the gate.
These are the picks that would be ideal in achieving that goal.
Round 1: Chance Warmack, Guard, Alabama
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Yes, the Titans defense has a ton of holes in it. With that said, the offensive line has to be drastically improved for the Titans to become competitive again.
Chance Warmack is a rare talent that the Titans have a great shot at getting with the 10th overall pick.
Warmack can make an immediate impact on this offensive line, and that's good news for everyone involved. That's especially true for Jake Locker's development and for Chris Johnson.
If the Titans hadn't won two of their last three meaningless games, then a player on the defensive line would've been a possibility.
The Titans have to take the best available player here that fills an urgent need, and that will be Warmack.
Round 2: Eric Reid, Safety, LSU
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It's painfully obvious that the Titans defense has a ton of holes in it, so their second-round pick will be almost as crucial as their first pick.
The Titans could really go a number of ways here, but because they decided to play somewhat decent football down the stretch, a lot of the solid defensive line prospects will be off the board by this time in the second round.
Alex Okafor would be ideal, but he'll probably be gone when the Titans get their second pick of the draft.
That leaves Eric Reid out of LSU as a solid choice at the safety position with what many projections have him at right now.
Michael Griffin has looked terrible as of late, and Jordan Babineaux doesn't seem to be the future at strong safety.
Reid brings to the table solid tackling ability for a cornerback and great leadership qualities that the Titans really need.
It's time to get a dynamic guy lurking in the secondary again, and Reid would get the opportunity to compete for a starting position. It's my guess that he would win that battle and play alongside Griffin.
Round 3: Tank Carradine, Defensive End, Florida State
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The Titans will not be able to wait any longer to address their defensive line if the first two picks go offensive line and safety.
That means that the Titans will really have to search for the combination of value and immediate contribution.
Tank Carradine is a guy whose stock has dropped considerably since suffering a knee injury in the last game of the season.
With that said, Carradine could really prove to be a big steal for the Titans as long as he bounces back from his injury.
At this point in the draft, it would be a risk worth taking for the Titans. If it all works out, then Carradine could make a quick impact on the team's pass rush. He has a great physical frame and impressive strength at the position.
Round 4: Stepfan Taylor, Running Back, Stanford
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Stepfan Taylor is a great choice here if the Titans want an instant contributor to help out Chris Johnson next season.
We can only speculate as to why Jamie Harper hasn't worked out so far, but Johnson desperately needs some help.
Javon Ringer is also probably on his way out, as his latest injury could justify releasing him from the Titans' standpoint.
As for Taylor, he looked pretty solid in the recent Senior Bowl, and the only thing he really lacks is world-class speed. However, the Titans don't really need that.
Taylor could easily slip to the fourth round considering there aren't a ton of teams out there that are in dire need of a running back at the moment.
What the Titans need is a versatile guy who can come in and play around 10 snaps a game as a rookie. Taylor could do that and give the running game another dimension.
The Titans would also be bringing in a high-character guy that would make an immediate impact in that way as well.
Round 5: Leon McFadden, Cornerback, San Diego State
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Another great value pick would be here in the fifth round if the Titans went with Leon McFadden from San Diego State.
McFadden wouldn't necessarily be an instant starter, but the Titans have to build some depth in case Alterraun Verner walks after 2013.
Drafting McFadden would also give Mike Munchak some options in case Verner or Jason McCourty struggle next season.
After all, the Titans secondary was horrendous yet again for most of the 2012 season.
It's very conceivable for a guy with McFadden's talent to see plenty of snaps in his rookie season.
McFadden has great athleticism to go along with his solid ability to locate the ball in flight. He's tied for the most pass breakups in San Diego State history.
Round 7: T.J Johnson, Center, South Carolina
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It's going to be hard to find an instant contributor in the seventh round, but it is possible.
The Titans' current situation at the center position is pretty bleak. Expectations are pretty low for Eugene Amano's abilities at center, and Kevin Matthews looked horrible in his role at center in 2012.
T.J. Johnson brings strong durability and effort to the table. He also brings a ton of experience as he started all four years against some tough SEC pass-rushers.
The Titans could easily insert him into the starting lineup in Week 1 as long as he would show he was ready for the challenge in training camp and preseason.
This would be a nice seventh-round pick that could bring positive results in a quick fashion.