The Titans draft board is probably about as complex as it can get right now. There are so many different directions they can go thanks to not having one clear-cut position that needs attention over the others.
We do know that they have to address two key offensive positions: quarterback and running back.
However, they're missing one key piece on defense that will be available when their turn comes up at No 11.
1. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
The idea of taking an outside linebacker who can rush the passer was way more of a need prior to free agency and the signing of Shaun Phillips.
With that said, he isn't enough to make this pass rush as formidable as it needs to be. The Titans need a guy who has a high ceiling, and that guy is Anthony Barr.
He may be a risk, but every player in the draft is a risk. The Titans would be getting an athletic freak who could make an impact as early as Week 1 and eventually turn out to be a regular Pro Bowl type of player.
No other player makes more sense at 11th overall than Barr. The team can wait to address every other position until the second round or later. He should be on the top of Tennessee's big board.
2. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
The Titans can't dismiss the possibility of taking a quarterback in the first round. It's probably unlikely, but Derek Carr is the one guy who would justify a high selection. If you like a guy enough and he fits your system, it doesn't matter if it may be a reach. In the end, you have to get the guy who fits your team when you have opportunity to take him.
One thing that is for certain is that stability at quarterback is critical for success in today's NFL. It's safe to say that the Titans aren't stable at quarterback right now with Jake Locker.
It has been reported by Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean that the Titans have shown extended interest in Carr as possibly being their top choice at quarterback.
Again, the Titans find themselves in a weird spot with the 11th pick. A lot of "star" talent will already be off the board. If these top two guys aren't available, then the Titans should trade that pick to a team that needs it more and gain more draft picks in exchange.
3. Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
If the Titans decide to trade their 11th pick to a team that finds more value in it, then a guy like Kony Ealy is very possible. He would add another moving part to the Titans' pass rush and would fit in nicely at defensive end.
According to Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com, Ealy is a "worst-case scenario" if the Titans decide to trade back to later in the first round.
He makes more sense than any other defensive lineman who rates in the first round, such as Timmy Jernigan or Aaron Donald.
However, it's up for debate if any of these guys make sense in the first round for the Titans. Out of all of them, Ealy should be at the top.
4. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
The Titans already have solid replacements for Alterraun Verner. It's not at the very top of the big board, but they might still add a highly rated cornerback prospect such as Darqueze Dennard.
He is a balanced and physical player. He looks to have a bright future in the NFL and be a safe pick. His selection would make the cornerback position a crowded one, with Coty Sensabaugh and Blidi Wreh-Wilson also pushing for starting roles.
If the Titans like him enough to add some healthy competition to the position, then they could pull the trigger on Dennard. He's a safe pick compared to some of the others.
5. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Don't discount the possibility of the Titans taking an offensive tackle just because it's not an immediate need. Michael Roos is entering a contract year, and Michael Oher could easily be a one-year guy under his contract. That means that this position could become a major weakness heading into next season.
The Titans may decide to look ahead and cover themselves for the future if a few of their top choices aren't available on their big board.
Since no position must be addressed in the first round, don't be surprised if the Titans take Taylor Lewan to be the future at offensive tackle. He has a great mean streak that will translate well to the NFL.
This wouldn't be a flashy pick by any means, but it could end up being a brilliant one when we look back at this time next year.
6. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
Clinton-Dix is another guy who deserves a spot on the big board because he would offer protection at safety following next season.
George Wilson is aging and entering the final year of his contract, and Michael Griffin has been a streaky player over his career. Bernard Pollard is locked up for a couple of seasons, but there's not much after them.
John Glennon of The Tennessean wrote that the Titans could take a guy who may not make an immediate impact in his rookie season but shows a ton of value for the long-term future.
Clinton-Dix would fit into that strategy if the Titans see enough value in him for the long haul. Patience is obviously the key if they end up taking this route.