Tennessee Titans Mock Draft: Post-Free Agency Predictions for Every Round
The Tennessee Titans began the offseason needing three interior linemen, a new tight end, an upgrade at safety, a new third defensive tackle, better depth at defensive end and a second running back.
At the end of free agency, they've signed Andy Levitre, tendered Fernando Velasco, signed Delanie Walker, George Wilson, Bernard Pollard, Sammie Hill and Shonn Greene.
That leaves them with way fewer needs to satisfy in the draft, but there are still plenty of directions they could go, just in the first few picks.
With that in mind, here's a new mock draft, adjusted to reflect who the Titans have added or lost in free agency.
Round 1: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
The Titans are rumored to be showing interest in Jonathan Cooper, according to Tony Pauline of nfldraftinsider.net.
I'm not a fan of taking a guard in the top 10, but Cooper isn't limited to just that position. He can play center, left guard or right guard if needed, and unlike Chance Warmack, he has elite athleticism.
If the Titans are going to spend this high of a pick on an interior lineman, it has to be one who can do it all.
Cooper has shown finesse as a pass-blocker, but also helped clear the way for Giovani Bernard to rattle off nearly 2,500 rushing yards in two seasons.
Cooper can do it all, plus he's a former wrestler, which is something that the Titans seem to value in their draft picks.
Round 2: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
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Just a month ago, I mocked Johnthan Banks to the Titans in Round 1, but his stock has tumbled since then. If he falls to the Titans in Round 2, he'll be a steal.
Banks was one of the best-looking corners on the field through most of the season, but he fell off a little in the second half while playing through an injury. A bad combine made his stock fall, while guys like Desmond Trufant, Jamar Taylor and Robert Alford have risen.
Banks had four interceptions, seven broken-up passes and a game-changing forced fumble this season, along with 62 total tackles. He's faced many of the best receivers that this draft class offers, including Cordarrelle Patterson, Justin Hunter and Quinton Patton and has held his own against all of them.
He'll be ready to start immediately if the Titans obtain him.
Round 3: Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn
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Like Banks, Corey Lemonier was considered a first-round selection once upon a time, but a disappointing season has dropped his stock into the second day.
He's still a great player with a lot of upside, though, so if he's still available by the time the Titans pick in the third round, he'd be a quality pickup.
Lemonier showed his athleticism at the scouting combine by running a 4.53-second 40-yard dash, one of the fastest times amongst defensive linemen, along with 27 reps on the bench.
For comparison, Ezekiel Ansah ran a 4.62-second 40 and only managed 21 reps.
It doesn't hurt Lemonier that his former defensive line coach, Tracy Rocker, currently holds the same position with the Titans, making him a pretty good fit for the team.
Round 3 Compensatory: Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma
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The Titans will almost certainly use an early-round selection on a wide receiver, and Kenny Stills is likely to be one of the best available this late in the draft.
Stills had a productive career, despite playing with Landry Jones. In three seasons, he has over 2,500 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns. He obtained 959 of those yards and 11 of the touchdowns in 2012.
Where Still really separates himself from the remaining receivers is speed. Stills ran an unofficial 4.28-second 40-yard dash at the combine, with a still impressive 4.38 seconds as his official time.
He also had one of the best broad jumps (124") among receivers, so that's all the more reason to like what he has to offer at this point in the draft. With Kenny Britt a constant injury/arrest concern, the Titans can't have enough deep threats.
Round 4: Chris Faulk, OT, LSU
The Titans are set at tackle, but that won't last long. Both Michael Roos and David Stewart are in the twilight of their careers, and Stewart is coming off of a pretty serious injury, so there's no telling how well he'll play in 2013.
Chris Faulk was once considered one of the best tackle prospects in the class. Then he suffered a season-ending injury, which has made his stock fall to the mid rounds.
However, looking at his tape, whoever lands him will be getting a steal. Faulk is quick, powerful and polished, and he has all the measurables you look for from a left tackle, standing 6'5" with an arm length of 34.25."
He has the tape and the size to play the position. The only question is his health. That risk is worth it when the potential reward is a left tackle of the future in the fourth round.
Round 5: Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford
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The Titans are set at outside linebacker with Akeem Ayers and Zach Brown, but they badly need quality depth at the position, and that's where Chase Thomas comes in.
Thomas was a solid linebacker for Stanford in both 2011 and 2012. In those two seasons, he accumulated 16 sacks, four broken up passes, 33 tackles for loss and 123 total tackles.
At 6'3" and 244 pounds, Thomas looks a lot like a poor man's Ayers and could do anything Ayers can from a scheme standpoint. Having him on the roster would greatly improve the Titans if they were to lose one of their star linebackers.
Round 6 Compensatory: Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky
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If you just looked at the numbers, you'd think Quanterus Smith wouldn't be available this late in the draft, but he very well might be. After a productive season against low-level competition, he's had a run of bad luck.
Before a bowl matchup with consensus top-10 selection Eric Fisher, Smith suffered an injury, robbing him of a chance to show what he's got against elite tackles.
His injury has, so far, kept him from offseason workouts as well, keeping him from raising his stock. However, he has a strong résumé. He had 12.5 sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and 38 total tackles in 2012.
There's a chance he could recover and become a productive player, and the risk with a sixth-round pick is low.
Round 7: Prentiss Waggner, CB/S, Tennessee
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The Titans already addressed the safety position in free agency by adding George Wilson and Bernard Pollard, but they may need a long-term answer at the free safety position if Michael Griffin doesn't improve from last year.
Waggner is a project, but he's a local one, so the Titans could snag him at the draft's end.
Waggner had a disappointing season in 2012, with only two interceptions and four broken up passes, but some of that failure can be attributed to, perhaps, the worst overall defense in the history of the program.
Waggner was a second-team All American in 2010 after he returned three of his five interceptions that season for touchdowns. It's possible that with some better coaching, he could tap into his potential and become a productive player.
Round 7 Compensatory: Everett Dawkins, DT, Florida State
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The Titans have addressed pretty much every position of need, so it wouldn't shock me to see them use a selection on a position they don't really need if the value is there.
In this example, that player is Everett Dawkins. The 2013 draft class features a super-talented group of defensive tackles, and it stands to reason that at least a few of them will fall further than expected.
Dawkins was part of a very talented defensive line group at Florida State and managed 0.5 sacks, a couple of hurries and 26 total tackles, but he's a better player than those numbers indicate.
The Titans have all the defensive tackles they need in Jurrell Casey, Mike Martin, Sammie Hill and Karl Klug, but it never hurts to have good depth, and if a good player is there, why not take him?