This is a very simple pick really. According to my mock, every defensive tackle/end that is worthy of the 16th overall pick is gone off the board, so despite having a great need on the defensive line especially since Kyle Vanden Bosch is now a Detroit Lion, I’m going to address the secondary issue.
The Titans were 32nd in defense when it came to passes attempted against them, 31st in passing yards allowed, and 30th in touchdowns allowed.
They were horrendous. With division rivals like the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans, who both have quarterbacks that threw over 4,000 yards last year, the Titans cannot afford to let their secondary be this weak.
When your head coach was a defensive back at USC when he played ball, you should have a great secondary. Jeff Fisher needs to roll up his sleeves and show that magic that he’s got because he may have his job at stake despite coaching the Titans for the past 16 years.
That said, while I think they will try to draft a defensive lineman in the draft, if all the good prospects are gone, I would draft secondary instead.
The best cornerback, Joe Haden, is already off the board, but the next best thing, Kyle Wilson, is just sitting around waiting for Roger Goodell to announce his name.
Kyle Wilson is probably the strongest cornerback entering the draft. When it came down to bench reps at the combine, Kyle Wilson had 25 reps while the next closest to him was Brian Jackson with 20. He’s got great strength and will support the run if they need him to do it.
I love this guy’s ability. The only bad thing about him is that sometimes he gambles with receivers on certain plays and can be fooled by the play action, and pump fakes, but he’s got something that every defensive backs needs to have.
He’s got great timing. I tried out for defensive back and I failed miserably because it is hard to locate where the ball is going to be and when you need to jump for it or stick your hands out to knock it away while making sure you don’t interfere with the receiver in front of you.
He’s got that jump. He knows when the ball is going to come overhead, and he’ll time his jump just right to get to that ball. That’s something that I don’t think you can teach.
Wilson has great hands and can intercept the pass. Great awareness of where the ball is, doesn’t let his past mistakes nag him, and very good footwork.
Excellent return skills. He can double as a return man while playing cornerback and has good awareness of the holes and how to follow his blockers.
His speed is very good. He runs around a 4.40-4.47 range, so he’s not the fastest guy, but he’s no slug. At the Broncos Pro Day, he ran a 4.42.
His problem is that he’s not the best tackler. I’ve seen him miss tackles, and I’ve seen guys fight through his wrap ups to get more yards. In order to be a great corner in this league, unless you’re Deion Sanders, you have to be able to wrap up and make the tackle when a quarterback gets one past you to the receiver.
No cornerback can deflect every pass, so tackling skills are a must. Wilson struggles with the big receivers as well, so Jeff Fisher, should he draft him, will have to toughen this guy up.
Starting cornerback, Nick Harper, is going to be 36 years old in September, so it is essential for Tennessee to pair somebody up with Pro Bowler Cortland Finnegan on the other side.
Finnegan and a Wilson that has reached his potential? Wow, no telling how much trouble that tandem could do to a team.
He had 159 tackles, 11 interceptions, two sacks, and a forced fumble in his career at Boise State. This past year he had 42 tackles (30 solo, 12 assists), three interceptions, and two taken back for touchdowns.
He took back three punts back for touchdowns in 2008, but teams zeroed in on him this year. You can tell because in 2008, he had only four fair catches whereas in 2009 he had 23. He’s a dangerous weapon not just against receivers, but in the open field.
When you really think about it, Wilson may be underrated in this draft because of such a need for front seven defensive players. This is the second best cornerback in this draft by not just my ratings, but by almost everybody else’s.