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Tennessee has had a problem at Wide Receiver ever since Derrick Mason bolted for Baltimore some years ago.
Since he left there has been a void of talent at the position, with free-agents like David Givens falling way short, and drafted guys like Brandon Jones and Roydell Williams being let go.
However, Justin Gage emerged in the playoffs as the legitimate no.1 option, and free-agent acquisition Nate Washington (who was the slot guy in the Steel City) seems poised to start opposite him.
The slot position, though, is not solid and Tennessee would do well to find a safety valve for Kerry Collins for when Bo Scaife isn't on the field.
The Titans (much to your author's boundless joy) FINALLY drafted a wideout in round one, selecting Rutgers star Kenny Britt (pictured).
Despite Britt's talent and production at Rutgers, he doesn't have the prototypical size to play in the slot, and he seems to be more likely to take over as the eventual number one guy rather than play inside. Add to that the struggles that rookie WRs usually have, and Britt doesn't seem to fit the slot role well.
Chris Davis and Paul Williams have done precious little since they were drafted, and neither really has the speed to outrun corners in the way the slot receiver will be asked: both may struggle to make the roster.
That leaves second-year man Lavelle Hawkins and rookies Dominique Edison and Dudley Guice as the remaining options.
Out of these three, ex-Golden Bear Hawkins is the clear favourite. He's a smaller guy at just 5'11 and 190lbs., but he's fast, hard-working and has great hands. He had just seven receptions in '08, but he could fulfill a role for the Titans in the same way that Wes Welker does for New England or Mike Furrey did a couple of years ago in Detroit: run the shallow crossing routes and occasionally go deep to keep DBs honest.
I think the Titans' No. 87 is the leading candidate for the job, and I think the Titans will like his work ethic, talent and experience enough to give it him.
Likely position winner: Lavelle Hawkins