Titans 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 2 and Beyond
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Chance Warmack is a Titan. It's celebration time as the franchise has shored up the interior offensive line. There are eight picks to go and a lot of needs to fill. The first round had plenty of surprises, and a lot of players at need positions are there for the Titans' next pick and beyond. Let's mock.
2nd Round, No. 40: Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State
Tank dropped out of the first round.
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While my initial mock pick of Justin Hunter is still on the board, I'm going to make a bold switch and go with the Florida State defender. Minus the ACL injury, he'd be a first-round pick. Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley need a third guy to fill in. Carradine can get after the quarterback and has the size to hold up for all three downs.
3rd Round, No. 70: Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
The Titans get a new No. 1 wide receiver.
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Tavon Austin may have received the most press of any West Virginia receiver, but Bailey is good. He has Steve Smith measurables. Bailey had 114 receptions and 25 touchdowns as a junior. That's incredible production. Despite his size issues (5'10", 195 pounds), he has the flexibility to line up in the slot and outside. The Titans need a wide receiver who can start in 2014.
3rd Round, No. 97: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, UConn
Wreh-Wilson has the size the Titans are looking for at CB.
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The Titans are looking for a big cornerback who can line up outside, and at this spot, a compensatory third-round pick, Wreh-Wilson's the best option. There's talk about the defense playing more press coverage instead of zone, and the UConn defensive back can play that role. He doesn't excel in covering the slot, so he'll need to be an outside guy to make it in the NFL.
4th Round, No. 107: J.J. Wilcox, S, Georgia Southern
Wilcox is new to the position but took to it well as a senior.
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While the Titans are set at safety for the 2013 season, they need depth and players who can contribute in 2014. Wilcox didn't play defense until his senior year, but he caught on quickly, making 88 tackles.
He also was a very good kick returner. Wilcox earned a spot in the Senior Bowl and impressed there. It's possible that he takes Michael Griffin's starting job by the second half of his rookie year.
5th Round, No. 142: Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt
Depth at running back is a need.
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The Titans signed Shonn Greene to a big contract this offseason and owe Chris Johnson money until the next president takes over. Still, a third running back would help a lot.
Jamie Harper isn't the guy for the role, and Shonn Greene can play the short-yardage guy much better. Stacy played out of the shotgun and doesn't have much experience in a pro-style offense, but he is a good receiver, has enough speed if not elite quicks and has good size for the position.
6th Round, No. 202: Matt Stankiewitch, C, Penn State
It's time for the Titans to add some interior OL depth.
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If there's one thing to say about Stankiewitch, it's that he has a center's name. Fernando Velasco is on a one-year contract and there isn't another starting center on the roster, so it's time for some depth.
He has started at guard and center, which is a plus. He's not a very athletic player, but the Titans are looking for more straight-ahead types at the moment, so Stankiewitch is a fit.
7th Round, No. 216, Herman Lathers, OLB, Tennessee
Lathers can make the team as OLB depth.
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The Titans are looking for athletes on defense, and in that regard Herman Lathers delivers. He's a fast player with the ability to blitz. He is somewhat undersized for an OLB role. The Titans could use him to back up Akeem Ayers/Zach Brown, and he could help on special teams.
7th Round, No. 248: Manase Foketi, OT West Texas A&M
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Foketi will be a late-round draft pick in part due to his school, although he was a Kansas State Wildcat before transferring to West Texas A&M for his senior year. He has played left tackle for his entire college career, but a lack of quickness makes him more of a utility guy on the offensive line. He could develop into a swing tackle or a backup in the interior offensive line.