The Tennessee Titans sit ready and waiting with the 30th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
The Titans most obvious need is WR, but the front office is notorious for avoiding this need with a first-round draft pick.
Three or four weeks ago, Percy Harvin of the Florida Gators would probably have been off of most draft boards way before the Titans got a shot at him. That was before his off-field concerns set in.
This morning it has been revealed that Harvin tested positive for marijuana in his February NFL combine visit.
Granted, I'm completely against the use of drugs. These guys are going to be looked up to by millions of young fans. However, what Harvin does in February doesn't mean he cannot change.
The Titans used a first-round draft pick on a guy named Albert Hayneswortha few years ago. Many questioned the call with so many personality questions that centered on his maturity and ability to stay focused in the NFL. Big Albert, while sadly on another team, has turned his career around and is a $100 million dollar man.
Percy Harvin is a talent, you cannot avoid that. You cannot avoid a 4.39 40-year dash time and his great ability to run routes. He also could have some of the best hands of the draft.
This guy should probably be going somewhere between picks 10 and 20, but with this new information, he could most certainly be available at 30 for Jeff Fisher to consider.
Why should we take him?
He has the potential to be a big time player. He can play tailback and wide receiver.
Think of all the reverses and options you could run with a weapon like that on offense!
Maybe he is a bust?
The Titans could take a look at a defensive back to add depth to the aging Nick Harper and the pro-bowler Cortland Finnegan.
I still like D.J. Moore out of Vanderbilt. A couple months ago I thought the Titans might consider him in the first round. Since then, his stock has fallen to a probable late second to late third round pick. I'd be just fine spending a late second round pick on the Vanderbilt standout.
Take a guy like Percy Harvin in the first round. He could have an immediate impact on offense even in 2009.
The Titans can still use our second and third round picks to secure some depth on defense. Yes, we could use a replacement for Albert Haynesworth, but the fact is there isn't anyone in the draft that will live up to Big Albert, much less at 30.
The fact is that Vince Young at some point (maybe as early as 2009), will be our QB again.
Consider an offensive tandem of Vince Young, Chris Johnson, and Percy Harvin. If the offensive line can play like they have the last couple of years, that combination of blocking and speed could really ware out an opposing defense.
If Percy Harvin is there at 30, the Titans need to take him.