Tennessee Titans: What the Plan Should Be for Running Back Position in Offseason

Chad MintonCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2013

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 10:  Stepfan Taylor #33 of the Stanford Cardinal in action against the Oregon State Beavers at Stanford Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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It's no secret that the Tennessee Titans have had their fair share of drama at the running back position ever since Chris Johnson became the primary player at the position.

Johnson is still the primary guy heading into the 2013 season, but he needs some help if the Titans are going to become a more balanced offense.

There are plenty of possible suitors to put on a Titans uniform in the NFL draft, along with a few free-agency choices as well.

The Titans really need a player who works well in-between the tackles and is a good blocker in pass protection.

Jamie Harper was drafted in 2011 for that exact reason, but he really hasn't worked out so far. To add onto that, Javon Ringer will likely not return.

Darius Reynaud's value is mostly limited to special teams and not as a reliable option at running back.

That means that the running back position is a secondary need this offseason.

If the Titans choose to draft a running back, then Stepfan Taylor or Le'Veon Bell would both be good choices that they could get in the middle rounds of the draft.

Taylor would be the better choice due to how balanced he is in every aspect of running the ball. He won't burn you with his speed like Johnson will, but he seeks out contact to get those tough yards in the trenches.

That's exactly what the Titans need to improve their first down total that was 31st in the NFL in 2012.

Bell wouldn't be a bad choice either for the Titans. He would bring some great power to the run game as well, and he's also a decent receiver out of the backfield to give Locker another receiving weapon.

Both of these guys are prospects the Titans really need to consider drafting after they address their more drastic needs of offensive guard and defensive line in the first two rounds.

Even if the Titans want to wait until late in the draft, a solid prospect like Zac Stacy out of Vanderbilt will probably be available.

Adding a free-agent running back doesn't seem to be very likely at this point for the Titans. They have their eyes on bigger fish in free agency.

Coveted defensive free agents like Osi Umenyiora, Cliff Avril and John Abraham are all expected to be targeted by the Titans.

The offense may not be near the top of the priority list this offseason, but they have to set up this offense to succeed for Locker's sake.

If they go into next season with basically the same set of offensive tools, then Locker could end up really falling flat on his face.

Hopefully a nice complement at running back will keep Locker progressing into a solid quarterback for the future and make Johnson fresher from week to week.