Tennessee Titans 2013 Mock Draft: 7-Round Predictions a Week into Free Agency
The recent free-agency period has really changed the draft priorities for many teams around the NFL.
The Tennessee Titans are no different.
With the Titans being so active in free agency so far, the upcoming draft can really solidify the Titans roster for the 2013 season.
Here's a fresh mock draft a week after the free-agent frenzy.
Round 1 (Pick 10): Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
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Adding a top-notch defensive end makes even more sense now that the Titans have signed guard Andy Levitre to a long-term deal.
Sure, the offensive line still needs some work, but it falls behind finding a strong pass-rusher in the first round as a top priority.
An explosive guy like Barkevious Mingo would help make this Titans pass rush a respectable one once again, and he has enough speed to really help the Titans in run pursuit as well.
Mingo will most likely be available at the 10th pick, and it really just makes a ton of sense for the Titans get such an athletic freak of nature.
Round 2 (Pick 40): Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
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The Titans need to stay focused on improving the pass defense with this pick and snatch up a cornerback in the second round.
It would be nice if Johnthan Banks would fall all the way to the 40th pick for the Titans, but that probably won't happen.
However, Darius Slay had a breakout season starting opposite Banks. This pick up makes sense for the Titans; they could designate Slay as a developmental project in case Alterraun Verner is not retained in free agency next offseason.
Slay has excellent speed and just needs to improve on his physicality to really become a solid starter in the NFL.
Round 3 (Pick 70): Shawn Williams, SS, Georgia
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The Titans keep the SEC trend going by adding some addition depth at safety, taking Georgia's Shawn Williams in the third round.
Williams would bring a hard-hitting presence to the Titans secondary. The guy is truly an impressive athletic specimen who has the potential to be a starter in the NFL in the very near future.
George Wilson may have been added in free agency, but he's on the back end of his career and is just a stopgap measure for the position.
You have to remember that Jordan Babineaux was lost in free agency, so the Titans need to get a promising strong safety prospect in this draft, and the third round would be a smart place to do that.
Round 4 (Pick 104): David Quessenberry, OT, San Jose State
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The Titans have made some vast improvement to their offensive line by adding Andy Levitre and re-signing center Fernando Velasco.
With that said, the Titans still need more depth up front after seeing what happened last season. It's also important to Jake Locker's development that this unit is deep in case of injuries.
David Quessenberry isn't getting a ton of buzz, but he has some impressive pass-blocking abilities that he showed off at the Senior Bowl.
The Titans don't need to aim for the stars here. They just need to add a solid prospect to begin prepping for the future.
Round 5 (Pick 135): Mychal Rivera, TE, Tennessee
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With all of the major weaknesses hopefully addressed by the fifth round, it wouldn't be a terrible idea for the Titans to get an athletic tight end like Mychal Rivera with this pick.
Rivera isn't much of a blocker, but he has the ability to really stretch the field for a pass offense.
The Titans aren't loaded at tight end even with the addition of Delanie Walker from the San Francisco 49ers. After Walker, the Titans are really thin at tight end. Craig Stevens is primarily a blocker, and it's still unclear whether Taylor Thompson is going to work out as a reliable option.
This would be a smart pick for the Titans, and Rivera could easily compete for snaps in his rookie season.
Round 7 (Pick 200): Dalton Freeman, C, Clemson
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Fernando Velasco was re-signed in free agency, but the Titans still need to get another center to add some depth.
The Titans could go in a number of directions with the 200th pick of the draft. Adding an athletic center like Dalton Freeman could be a steal in the seventh round.
Along with solid quickness for the position, Freeman also had 48 collegiate starts under his belt at Clemson. All he needs his to add more bulk to his frame, and he could really shine at the position.
By capping off the draft with the addition of another center, the Titans will have addressed all of their depth issues in this year's draft.