As the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft approaches, several of the top draft analysts have posted their final mock drafts to help hold us over until the real thing.
On the eve of the draft, many of these analysts suddenly have swayed away from the Titans selecting a guard with the 10th overall pick and instead have them taking Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner.
A selection that seems all too familiar to last season. Leading up to the 2012 draft, seemingly all the prognosticators had former Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick wearing two-toned blue to start his career.
Mike Mayock of NFL.com, Scouts Inc. and Todd McShay of ESPN are all under the belief that Dee Milliner will fall to the Titans. The other option that has been opined to be the Titans' first-round choice is North Carolina guard Johnathan Cooper.
Those, of course, aren't the Titans' only two options when their selection finally rolls around. The other likely positions of choice appear to be defensive tackle and defensive end.
However, in order to better solve who the Titans might end up taking with their first pick, we need to consider how the people in charge will be deciding to draft.
Let's not forget that only a few short months ago, owner Bud Adams was publicly discussing the top of whether he would be firing coach Mike Munchak.
Adams' desire to win now has not faded, as proven by his willingness to spend freely in the free-agent market. Munchak and GM Ruston Webster have to think about the potential of the talent they select, along with their ability to contribute immediately.
Dee Milliner is a prospect that for some time now, hasn't even been projected to fall past the Cleveland Browns at No. 6. The real question, though, has to be "how big of a need is cornerback for the Titans next season?"
In my view, the answer is: Eh
I've been staunchly standing my ground as someone of the opinion that the Titans simply wouldn't take a guard because history says so. Looking at things now, I've come to the opinion that Johnathan Cooper has to be the pick unless two or three prospects remain on the board.
If Mike Munchak wants to keep his job, he's going to need a lot better production from Chris Johnson and Jake Locker. Filling the last hole on the team's offensive line helps solidify what should be a run-heavy offense.
The one-two punch of Johnson and Shonn Greene could quickly prove to be a potent rushing offense and take a lot of the pressure off of Locker's shoulders.
The prospects that I can see the Titans passing on a guard for are as follows: Ezekiel Ansah, Shariff Floyd and Star Lotulelei.
More so than solidifying the offensive line, the Titans need playmakers on defense, and the latter prospects offer immediate matchup problems for their opponents.
In the end, I think either Floyd or Lotulelei will end up being the picks due to the potential for Larry Warford, Kyle Long and Justin Pugh to be on the board in the second round.
Here's to yet another exciting NFL draft. Enjoy.
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