2010 NFL Draft Needs: Tennessee Titans

Victor SpurrierContributor IIFebruary 10, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 03:  Arrelious Benn #9 of the Illinois Fighting Illini advances the ball against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 3, 2007 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Illinois defeated Minnesota 44-17.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Titans started off terribly despite high expectations, but Vince Young put together a great finish to the season.  The Titans might be able to push that momentum into next season but need to build through the draft to do so. 

A top wide receiver would be a huge addition, another DE would be nice, as would another DT.  Outside Linebacker will be a need, and an upgrade at corner or safety would be nice as well. 

Wide Receiver

This years draft class has a very underrated receiving class, and the Titans need receivers to help out Vince Young. 

If Dez Bryant is on the board (which I highly doubt), it will be a great pick.  Arrelious Benn is a very talented receiver, but was plagued with mediocre, if not just bad teams for two of his three college years which has put him a little under the radar. 

Gilyard, LaFell, Damian Williams, Jordan Shipley, and Goldan Tate could all be upgrades for the Titans.  Gilyard, LaFell, Williams and Tate all fit in as a No. 2 receiver, Shipley as a three, and Benn or Bryant as a No. 1.

Defensive End

Jevon Kearse is aging, and William Hayes is good but not great.  The Titans need to put more pressure on the quarterback. 

Carlos Dunlap can do whatever you need, and with his size and speed combination could be a force.  The last DE's I can think of that ran like that are Dwight Freeney (266lbs, 4.38), Julius Peppers (290lbs, 4.6), and Mark Gastineau (280lbs, 4.6). 

Supposedly Dunlap runs a 4.6 which would put him in that class physically.  If he can perform anything like those guys he'll be a great player, if he's available. 

Derrick Morgan, Brandon Graham, Jerry Hughes, and Greg Hardy would be great consolation prizes.

Defensive Tackle

Jovan Haye is good but not great, and Tony Brown just doesn't cut it for me. 

Suh, and McCoy will be off the board.  That leaves Arthur Jones, Jared Odrick, Terrence Cody, and Brian Price as the top options. 

All of those guys are solid Defensive Tackles, and all would fit nicely on just about any team.  All are also size upgrades over Haye, and Brown.  Adding a top DT will help push the pocket and put more pressure on QB's.

Outside Linebacker

Thornton is too rigid, and very overrated, and 31.  Bulluck is 32.  That's all there is to it.  The Titans at the very least need to add a rotational OLB, if not a possible starter. 

Sean Weatherspoon out of Missouri could be a great fit here.  Weatherspoon is a player that can play inside or outside.  This allows him to spell Tulloch in the middle, and spell both Bulluck and Thornton.  If he plays well he could possibly start by seasons end, and again at the very least be a fourth Linebacker. 

Navorro Bowman could also be an interesting pick.  He is an elite outside linebacker that could succeed Bulluck as the cornerstone to the Titans defense.

Corner Back

23rd ranked pass defense.  Need I say more?  The Titans need to upgrade their pass defense especially if they want to beat the Colts

Rod Hood, Cortland Finnegan, and Nick Harper just aren't a good enough top three.  Finnegan is solid but the other two need upgrades. 

If Haden somehow slips like Marlin Jackson did a couple of years ago he would surely be the pick.  Assuming Haden is off the board Patrick Robinson, Kyle Wilson, or Javier Arenas could be options.


A coverage safety is what the Titans need.  Berry won't be there.  Major Wright maybe, or Deunta Williams could be options.  Safety is a need, but there won't be a coverage safety worth a first round pick still on the board. 

The Titans need a lot of help on defense