2013 NFL Draft: 5 Players Tennessee Titans Should Target on Day 3
With the first three rounds of the draft in the books, the Titans have solidified their offensive line by getting Chance Warmack with their first pick.
The Titans followed that up by taking wide receiver Justin Hunter, cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson and linebacker Zaviar Gooden.
Once again, the Titans shocked some people by taking a receiver so early, but Hunter will certainly add some firepower for Jake Locker.
Adding a cornerback was a must, but the pickup of Gooden was also a little puzzling.
With defense still needing to be the main concern on the final day of the draft, here are some prospects the Titans should target to keep what has been a productive offseason rolling along.
Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
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Alex Okafor has all of the physical tools to be a dominant defensive end in the NFL, and he has great strength to help him get into the backfield in a hurry.
The Titans still need to add some beef to the defensive line, and Okafor would be a steal at this point in the draft.
If you look up things on Okafor's character, all you'll find is positive things about the guy.
The Titans should definitely target Okafor in the fourth round if he slips to them.
Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford
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The running back situation for the Titans is still an uneasy one heading into next season.
Chris Johnson always seems to turn things sour, and Shonn Greene probably isn't a long-term answer.
Javon Ringer was released this offseason, and Jamie Harper really hasn't seen much of the field over his first two seasons.
Then you have Darius Reynaud, who is really more of a special-teams contributor than a running back.
It wouldn't hurt for the Titans to add some depth in case things with Johnson get worse over this upcoming season.
Stepfan Taylor is a strong north-to-south runner with solid field vision. His only downside is his lack of elite speed, but the Titans obviously don't need that with Johnson.
Overall, Taylor is just a well-rounded running back that does everything good enough to make him a safe prospect to target.
Taylor, or any running back that they would draft at this point, will not see a lot of snaps in 2013. However, they could end up being sorely needed when next offseason rolls around.
Shamarko Thomas, SS, Syracuse
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Adding depth to the safety position is still a need despite adding George Wilson and Bernard Pollard in free agency.
The Titans would be adding a hard-hitter who is great in run support if they were to draft Shamarko Thomas.
Thomas is smaller than ideal at the safety position at just 5'8", but he makes up for it with the way he punishes the opposition with his tackling.
He also has decent coverage skills and would be a good developmental player to come in for the Titans.
To add to all of this, Thomas would be an instant special-teams contributor who would make a positive impact.
Mychal Rivera, TE, Tennessee
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It's all about adding depth to the roster at this point in the draft, and adding a quality prospect at tight end is a smart idea for the Titans.
They lost a solid pass-catching tight end in Jared Cook, and in return signed a quality blocking tight end in Delanie Walker.
After Walker, the Titans have another primary blocking tight end with Craig Stevens. That leaves Taylor Thompson as the only other option at tight end, and he's still very unproven as he made the transition to tight end from defensive end in college.
Mychal Rivera would bring a pass-catching tight end back to the Titans, and he could easily turn in some quality production for the Titans during his rookie season thanks to his athleticism.
He does need to develop more, with the major concern being his ability to block.
The Titans have plenty of quality blocking tight ends. They need a guy who can go up and snatch the ball out of the air deep down the field. Rivera would bring that to the table.
Everett Dawkins, DT, Florida State
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Adding a quality defensive tackle should still be a priority for the Titans, even if he's a developmental project.
That's what Everett Dawkins would be, but he has the quick first step to make him a solid player at the next level.
Dawkins rotated a lot in Florida State's defensive system, so his numbers don't jump off the page by any means.
However, Dawkins has the quickness to make a difference as a rotational player for a team like the Titans. After getting coached up for a season or two, he could easily become a starter in the right system.