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Here's the current Titans draft big board heading into the second round:
1. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
The Titans have the offensive line to protect their quarterback. Now they have to make sure they actually have a reliable quarterback to protect.
For all we know, Jake Locker will put up great numbers in 2014 and put this quarterback discussion to bed. With the track record for Locker not promising, the Titans have to go get the best quarterback on the board.
Derek Carr is hands down the best quarterback available after the first round of the draft. If he falls to the Titans, they have to take the strong arm of Carr.
Carr could sit behind Locker in 2014, and then the Titans can make a decision next year on who's the guy moving forward.
2. Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Even though the Titans do need a running back, they also need another pass-rusher. They missed out on Anthony Barr, but they can still get defensive end Kony Ealy.
Rob Rang of CBSSports.com has Ealy's athleticism as "jumping off the tape." The Titans need another guy like that rushing the passer in their new hybrid 3-4 defense.
The main defensive ends on the Titans roster are Derrick Morgan and Ropati Pitoitua. That just doesn't cut it.
Ealy would be a steal at the 42nd overall pick.
3. Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
It may be a reach here, but the Titans can't be shy about getting the guy they want in the second round with no third-round pick available.
There's no telling what kind of talent will come off the board in the third round. It would leave the Titans in a bad place when they finally pick again on Day 3 of the draft.
Jeremy Hill is the best fit for the Titans out of the draft class. He may not be the best running back, but he's the best for the Titans. He has a great blend of power and speed. You just have to be willing to let go of some of his issues off the field.
4. A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
If the Titans really want a quarterback in the second round, then A.J. McCarron is the next-best choice after Derek Carr.
Zach Mettenberger was originally the choice here. That should no longer be the case thanks to back issues and a diluted urine sample that has been reported by Josh Sanchez of SI.com.
The Titans can't afford to take a risk on another injury-prone quarterback. They have enough problems with Jake Locker.
This is why McCarron may fit in here. It may be a reach, but you have to fill the need while it presents itself to be filled. McCarron has great intangibles and would work behind Locker for at least a year. It would give the Titans a Plan B for the future at quarterback.
McCarron also has shown that his leadership qualities should earn him the opportunity to polish his game on an NFL roster. He's not a Week 1 starter in 2014.
This by no means should be their top choice in the second round. However, it may be their only choice that fills a need.