Tennessee Titans 2013 Mock Draft: Building the Perfect 7-Round Draft
The Titans have brought 10 new players into the fold this offseason and are still looking to sign some more. The team's still been looking at receivers with the skills to excel in the slot and aren't done revamping the interior of the offensive line.
With all the new blood being infused to the roster, a lot of the Titans' needs have either been filled or reprioritized. It's tough to call safety a need with two veterans already being brought in. There's still a hole at right guard, but there's no need to rush a pick there.
What the Titans' free agent frenzy has set them up to do is sit back and take the best player on their board for each of their selections. It's a privilege that most teams drafting in the top 10 aren't able to say.
Round 1: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
The Titans' top two needs appear to be guard and defensive end, and, as I've made clear time and time again, I don't see them going offensive line with the 10th overall pick. General manager Ruston Webster has added the big bodies he's been seeking on the defensive line, but he still needs to help improve the pass rush.
Mingo can come in and help provide some added pass rush in a situational role. With the signing of Ropati Pitoitua on Monday, Tennessee finally has added some monstrous size to the unit to improve the team's run defense.
However, last season's big free agent signing, Kamerion Wimbley, was a bit underwhelming in his first year with the team and is soon to hit the age-30 benchmark of every player's career.
Mingo has major upside to become an exceptional pass-rusher with his freakish athleticism and long, limber frame. The Titans would be wise to find the future right end now while they can develop him.
Round 2: Larry Warford, G, Kentucky
With their second pick, the Titans fill the hole on the right side of the offensive line with a big, road-grading type of player in Larry Warford. Warford has unusual agility for a man his size. He weighed in at 333 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Warford has the talent to slide into the Titans' starting lineup from week one and open up huge running lanes for what is sounding more and more like a run-orientated offense in 2013. His only struggle in college was keeping his weight down, but with the veteran presence on the team's offensive line, he should be able to keep that in check.
Round 3: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
Aaron Dobson offers some intriguing playmaking ability to go with his tall frame. Nate Washington appears to be on the outs in Tennessee, or so it seems, making adding another receiver to the team a must.
Dobson definitely isn't going to take the top off of any defenses with his 4.55 40-yard dash time, but he makes up for that with his brilliant ball skills.
The Titans could use another big, athletic target on the outside should yet another injury or off-field incident force Kenny Britt out of the lineup.
Round 3 (Compensatory Pick): Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
The 5'11" Ryan would add size and physicality to a defense that had some tackling issues in 2012. His quickness (top-five Combine performer in the 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle) bodes well for the next level.
Tennessee needs someone capable of playing on the outside in nickel defense packages so Alterraun Verner can kick inside to cover the slot. He's also adept at handling zone coverage schemes and excels at going after the ball, racking up seven interceptions from 2011 to 2012.
Round 4: Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
Yes, I know, another receiver. The Titans have placed an emphasis on finding another receiver to bring on to the roster and, other than Steve Breaston, they've all been of the slot variety. The Titans' interest in slot receivers suggests they would like to add more short passes to the offense to help with Jake Locker's accuracy and move Kendall Wright to the outside.
Ryan Swope possesses all the tools necessary to fill this void. Swope does a great job of sinking his hips before making cuts and generating a lot of pop out of his breaks. His biggest strengths are his short-area quickness and his quick, reliable hands.
He shows absolutely no fear of going over the middle and is built like a running back. His only injury concerns came back in 2011 when he may have suffered a concussion.
Round 5: Jelani Jenkins, LB, Florida
With the departure of Will Witherspoon, the Titans will need to add depth at "Will" behind Zach Brown. Jenkins doesn't possess prototypical size or strength, but he does a great job of slipping blocks and making plays in coverage.
He could prove to be useful in nickel defense, where Akeem Ayers and Colin McCarthy both struggle to defend the pass. While this would be a rather limited role with the team, it does still offer value that can improve the league's most porous defense in points last season.
Round 6 (Compensatory Pick): Daimion Stafford, S, Nebraska
Daimion Stafford adds more physicality to the team's safety group that is fast becoming more aggressive. He has good range and can fill the alley aggressively. While the Titans' safety concerns might have been assuaged for the upcoming season, George Wilson is only signed for two years and Bernard Pollard will play on a one-year pact.
Safety will be a priority again soon enough.
Round 7: Chris Thompson, RB, Florida State
The Titans decide to bring in some competition for Jamie Harper as the team's third running back while offering something different from both CJ2K and Shonn Greene. Thompson is an explosive big-play threat with home run speed.
He is dangerous in the open field and has great vision to make cutbacks.
Round 7 (Compensatory Pick): Will Campbell, DT, Michigan
Will Campbell has all the looks of someone who should be a solid contributor at the NFL level, but his collegiate stats say otherwise. His size is his biggest asset, but he will need to work on his effort and consistency to make the roster.