Tennessee Titans Mock Draft Roundup
Two extra weeks of waiting time before the 2014 NFL Draft takes place means two extra weeks of prognosticating, overanalyzing prospects and reading mock drafts.
So, to save you some time and a few tabs on your browser window, I'll put the draft choices some of the NFL's top draft experts have for the Tennessee Titans in one place for you to consume with ease.
In addition, I will offer up my own draft choice and analysis for each round of the draft.
Mel Kiper, ESPN: Justin Gilbert, CB
Todd McShay, ESPN: Teddy Bridgewater, QB
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: Justin Gilbert, CB
Rob Rang, Sports Xchange: Anthony Barr, OLB
Dane Brugler, NFL Draft Scout: Anthony Barr, OLB
Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated: Aaron Donald, DT
Don Banks, Sports Illustrated: Blake Bortles, QB
Evan Silva, Rotoworld: Louis Nix III, NT
Barr was the most popular choice amongst this group of experts, but taking a cornerback or quarterback is also neck-and-neck with Barr in popularity for the mock drafts that I came across.
Aaron Donald is a selection that doesn't make sense to me, because I don't see the fit schematically. As well as Jurrell Casey played last season, we cannot be sure he will succeed in a 3-4 defense. Donald is very similar to Casey and could just compound the issue.
Eric Ebron would be an intriguing prospect to be welcomed to the team as well, but I think the team has a few shortcomings on the defensive side of the ball that need to be shored up.
My Pick: Anthony Barr, OLB
Mel Kiper, ESPN: Zach Metteberger, QB
Todd McShay, ESPN: Stephon Tuitt, DE
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: Tre Mason, RB
Rob Rang, Sports Xchange: Tre Mason, RB
Dane Brugler, NFL Draft Scout: Carlos Hyde, RB
Evan Silva, Rotoworld: Carlos Hyde, RB
There's an obvious trend among the experts listed above, and it's clear to see that they believe the Titans will be one of the first teams to dip into the running back well.
I've made my belief that establishing dominant talent in the trenches is important to a team's success before. Stephon Tuitt would be a great start to bringing more players ready to play along the defensive line in a 3-4 defense.
I'm sure Carlos Hyde and Tre Mason will be quality running backs in the league, but the drop off in talent at the position from the second round to the fifth isn't as great as at "30" defensive linemen.
My Pick: Stephon Tuitt, DE
The Titans are without a third-round pick after trading it last year to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Titans traded their 2013 second-round pick (40th overall) and a seventh-rounder along with their 2014 third-rounder in exchange for the 49ers' second-round pick (34th overall), which they used to select wide receiver Justin Hunter.
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: Adrian Hubbard, OLB
Walter Football: Brent Urban, DE
Drafttek: Ryan Carrethers, DT
Running back is the team's most pressing need for the upcoming season, as there simply isn't enough talent on the team's current roster to establish the type of running back new head coach Ken Whisenhunt is seeking to platoon.
My Pick: Charles Sims, RB
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: Will Clarke, DE
Walter Football: Jawaun James, OT
Drafttek: Tom Savage, QB
The departures of Kenny Britt and Damian Williams have left the Titans receiving corp depth chart slightly bare. Brandon Coleman would bring rare size for the position to a team that could use some help in the red zone.
At 6'6", it would be very difficult for any defensive backs in the league to be able to out leap Coleman for a highly thrown pass.
My Pick: Brandon Coleman, WR
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: Tajh Boyd, QB
Walter Football: Devon Kennard, DE/OLB
Drafttek: James Hurst, OT
Bennett Jackson allows the team to restock at corner after letting Alterraun Verner go in free agency. Jackson is very raw, but is a solid man coverage corner, which is what Ray Horton typically wants cornerbacks doing in his defense.
The Titans can bring Jackson in and give him a redshirt rookie season, a la Blidi Wreh-Wilson.
My Pick: Bennett Jackson, CB
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: Jamie Meder, DT
Drafttek: T.J. Jones, WR
This is simply adding more big bodies to the rotation on the defensive line. The need for players capable of holding their own against two offensive linemen is imperative to the success of the team's defense.
Shamar Stephen has the size and speed to play anywhere along the defensive line, making him a very versatile defender that gives the team some flexibility in its roster decisions.
My Pick: Shamar Stephen, DL