Tennessee Titans: Five Prospects Who Could Go 10th Overall in the 2013 NFL Draft
In recent history, there hasn't been as much uncertainty heading into an NFL draft as there is this year.
Most of the time, the first overall selection is for all intents and purposes made a few days to a week beforehand, with the holder of the pick and the prospect himself discussing—and most of the time agreeing to—terms before the draft even starts.
This year, that has not been the case. Thus, there is even more confusion than usual as you work your down the draft order in the first round, especially with the 10th overall pick, held by the Tennessee Titans. While guard is seen as their biggest need, people have also linked them to drafting a defensive end or defensive back, which are also needs.
Here are a few guys whom you could expect the Titans to select in tomorrow's draft.
Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
For a while, Warmack was the consensus pick for the Titans, who are in need of a guard after the retirement of Steve Hutchinson and the departure of Leroy Harris, who wasn't very good anyways.
Many see Warmack as the best guard prospect in years. He's considered to be a mauler in the running game, very similar to Titans tackle David "Big Country" Stewart, and would fit perfectly in the Titans run-oriented offense.
He is also a very good in pass protection, and protecting Titans quarterback Jack Locker is definitely a high priority after a season in which he struggled to stay upright.
Warmack definitely could start right away, especially in Tennessee where the position is considered its biggest need.
Jonathan Cooper, G/C, North Carolina
Cooper actually is my ideal pick for the Titans as I stated in my Titans seven-round mock draft.
His stock on some mock drafts has risen above even Warmack's. While Warmack is viewed as being the more physical of the two guards, Cooper is more versatile and athletic.
He is more of a pulling guard who can also play center, which may improve his draft stock. He also is a solid pass protector who never really struggled in that area.
With Cooper able to play both guard and center, two Tennessee's needs, he could end up being the 10th overall pick.
D.J. Fluker, T/G, Alabama
Titans running back Chris Johnson has struggled over the past few seasons, largely in part due to the ineptitude of the offensive line.
Fluker, like his Alabama teammate Warmack, is a mauler. He is an exceptional run-blocker who helped pave the way for many big runs from Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon.
Fluker's biggest flaw is in pass-blocking. He gave up a lot of inexplicable sacks last season, and that lead to his stock not being as high as those of Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel and Central Michigan's Eric Fisher.
The Titans have been rumored to have interest in taking Fluker with the pick, so that may be an indication of things to come.
It's very likely that certain teams may look to switch him to guard, and since the Titans don't actually need a tackle, Fluker may end up playing guard unless David Stewart is willing to move to the inside.
Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, DE, Brigham Young
One of the rising stars of this draft class, Ansah is a very athletic and fast defensive end prospect who is viewed by some as a top 10 pick, and others as a mid-first-round selection.
While he didn't really produce very much until his senior year, he brings a blend of speed, power and size that has vaulted him to the top of all defensive end prospects on many team's big boards.
He also is very versatile, having lined up as an outside linebacker and, at times, a defensive tackle in college.
There are concerns with comments he made in his sophomore season about his body being a "delicate flower" and questioning how much contact occurs in a football game.
Still, he may end up being worth taking with the 10th overall pick. The Titans don't really have any real threat at defensive end despite solid seasons from Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley.
Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Michael Griffin has been horrible for the past three seasons. With him having been inexplicably signed for a long-term contract last offseason, the Titans may be stuck with him for a while.
However, that doesn't necessarily mean that they can't draft a safety for the future with the 10th overall pick.
Vaccaro is a very scrappy safety, who is solid in run support and stout in pass defense. While he isn't really a flashy playmaker, he's a sure tackler and gets the job done.
The Titans like to run defensive packages that include three safeties. Even having signed both George Wilson and Bernard Pollard, the Titans would still look to integrate Vaccaro into those packages, especially if they switch Griffin to cornerback, a position he played his rookie season.
Vaccaro is also capable of playing corner as well, so he could end up being the sought-after nickelback the Titans need to play behind Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner.