Tennessee Titans Mock Draft: 7 Round Predictions Post Week 1 of Free Agency
The Tennessee Titans didn't make as big a splash in free agency this season as they did in 2013 or 2012, but they took steps to address almost every need that they had.
Dexter McCluster and Leon Washington help with the kick return problem, and McCluster can also play running back or wide receiver.
Re-signing priority free agents Bernard Pollard and Ropati Pitoitua brings back two players that were a big part of 2013's great defense.
Charlie Whitehurst was overpaid, but he brings familiarity with the offense Ken Whisenhunt will want to implement.
Wesley Woodyard is an upgrade at inside linebacker, where the Titans were hurting, and lastly, Michael Oher returns to his home state to play right tackle.
With all those signings in mind, here is a new seven-round mock draft for the Titans.
Round 1, Pick 11: Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA
The Titans have addressed almost every need in free agency except for the need at pass-rusher, so it makes sense that they'd use their first pick to address it.
If Anthony Barr falls to the Titans, I have to think they take him. Barr didn't have a great combine, but he killed it at his pro day by running a 4.45-second 40-yard dash. That speed, combined with his great tape, ought to make him a coveted pass-rusher.
In the last two years (his first years playing linebacker), Barr has a total of 23 sacks, 41 tackles for loss, six defended passes and 10 forced fumbles. He's also the perfect size for the rush linebacker position in the NFL and would be joining a former coach in Lou Spanos.
Barr has through-the-roof upside, and with the defensive staff the Titans have they can get the most out of him.
Round 2, Pick 10: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
I think the Titans are fairly safe at corner. Between Tommie Campbell, Coty Sensabaugh and Blidi Wreh-Wilson, all of whom are very young, there's likely to be a starting-quality corner to play across from Jason McCourty.
Still though, with most other needs addressed in free agency, the Titans may spend an early pick on a corner. The best one who'll likely be around by their second pick is Bradley Roby.
Roby had a bad 2013, but in 2012 he was looking like a shutdown corner, and even with his lackluster year, he put up some pretty impressive numbers. For the season, Roby had three interceptions, 13 defended passes, two tackles for loss and 69 total tackles.
He also had a nice combine, posting a 40 time of 4.39 seconds and putting up 17 reps on the bench.
Adding Roby would give the Titans a very deep and very young group of corners, which will help when they have to play Andrew Luck and whatever rookie quarterbacks end up with the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Round 4, Pick 12: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
The Titans already addressed their right tackle situation by signing Michael Oher, but tackle is a position they still might look to in the draft since Michael Roos will be a free agent in 2015 and is getting near the end of his career anyway.
Luckily, in a very talented and deep tackle class, the Titans can find talented players late in the draft. Antonio Richardson would be a first-rounder were it not for concerns about his knee, so he's a steal this late on.
That said, Richardson looked like a first-round tackle all season with Tennessee, and the Titans wouldn't need him to play right away anyway.
If he can come back from his injury without hangups, the Titans could have themselves a starting-caliber tackle from the middle rounds, which would be a pretty great find.
Round 5, Pick 11: Mike Davis, WR, Texas
The Titans are pretty set at receiver as far as starters go, but they still need some depth.
Texas' Mike Davis has never gotten to 1,000 yards, but he was an important part of the Longhorns' passing game.
In 2013, he had 51 receptions for 727 yards and eight touchdowns. He also has some nice size and big hands, but he doesn't look particularly fast, and at 197 lbs, he could use a little more weight.
Even with those shortcomings, it's the fifth round, so expecting to find a starter is unrealistic. Davis could be a quality backup, and that's all that the Titans would need him to be. Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter and Nate Washington will be doing most of the catching.
Round 6, Pick 10: Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama
The Titans don't have a lot of great fits for the 3-4 defensive end position. Derrick Morgan and Ropati Pitoitua will likely start at those spots, but it's not a great fit for Morgan.
Beyond the starters, the Titans only have Karl Klug and Lavar Edwards who look like fits, and that's not a ton of depth. Morgan is nearing the end of his contract anyway, so the Titans will look for depth.
Ed Stinson was a favorite to be an early-round pick before the season began, but a less than impressive year at Alabama left him with only 1.5 sacks, a couple of tackles for loss and a single defended pass.
He had 41 total tackles and played well against the run, but he doesn't provide much from a pass-rush perspective. Still, he's got experience in the 3-4 scheme and the Titans need depth at the position.
Round 7, Pick 13: Alden Darby, S, Arizona State
The Titans locked up Bernard Pollard for the next couple of years, but Michael Griffin is only a year removed from his worst season and could always be a cap casualty, so the Titans may want to use a late-rounder on a safety.
Alden Darby could still be around that late in the draft and has some potential. He managed to come away with four interceptions and nine defended passes in 2013, and he participated in the East-West Shrine Game as well.
Beyond Pollard and Griffin, George Wilson provides some quality depth at the position, but Wilson will be a free agent in 2015 and is near the end of his career anyway. A late-round safety like Darby would be some nice insurance.
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