2010 NFL Draft: Tennessee Titans Team Needs

Taylor SmithAnalyst IApril 19, 2010

SEATTLE - JANUARY 03:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans carries the ball during the game against the Seattle Seahawks on January 3, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Tennessee Titans began the 2009 season as the league's most disappointing team, starting 0-6 on the heels of a great 13-3 season the year before.

Kerry Collins was subsequently benched as the quarterback, and former first-round pick Vince Young was inserted into the lineup.

The results were tremendous for the Titans, as they went 8-2 after the QB change, but it was too little, too late, as they missed the playoffs.

Young was surprisingly effective in his re-emergence as the starting quarterback, and he, when combined with Chris Johnson, gives the Titans one of the most versatile backfield combinations in the entire league.

The defense, which was one of the best in the league in 2008, took a huge step back in '09 , and most of their top draft needs will be on that side of the ball.


Biggest Needs: Return specialist, OL Depth

With a solid group of playmakers in place, the Titans' main area of focus for their offense in the draft should be with patching up the offensive line.

Kevin Mawae, while still one of the top centers in the league, isn't getting any younger, and Tennessee is going to need to start looking for a guy to take over once he leaves.

Florida's Maurkice Pouncey is the top-rated center prospect, but he's a first-round talent that the Titans aren't going to be taking with their top pick, the 16th overall selection.

Some of the lower-rated O-line prospects include John Jerry (Mississippi), Matthew Tennant (Boston College), J.D. Walton (Baylor), Jon Asamoah (Illinois), and Selvish Capers (West Virginia). 

These are guys that could be had in the second to third-round area.

Kenny Britt and Mark Jones were also sub-par in the return game last year, so the Titans should be looking for a playmaker in that area with a pick later in the draft, as well.


Biggest Needs: DE, CB, LB, DT

The Titans have already signed defensive end Jason Babin this offseason, but should be looking for even more help with the pass rush through the draft.

The consensus appears to be for the Titans to be focusing on adding a defensive end with a very high pick, and several mocks have them taking Jason Pierre-Paul or Everson Griffen in the first round.

Another area of major need is at the corner, where it's possible for Tennessee to have a pick of the litter with the 16th pick.

If Florida's Joe Haden were to fall that far, it would be very difficult to pass on him.

He's an incredible cover talent with superior instincts, allowing him to seemingly stay a step ahead of everybody else on the field.

If Haden is gone, though, the Titans are almost surely headed towards taking a defensive end.

Defensive tackle is also a need area, but it isn't as dire as some of the other positions.

There's a nice crop of DT's available, but most of the highest quality will be gone by the time the Titans should be looking to snag one.

They've already signed veteran Will Witherspoon to play weakside linebacker, but uncertainty with the rest of the linebacking core could also lead the Titans to draft one in the middle rounds.

Another Florida player, Brandon Spikes, is a possibility in the third round, as is Thaddeus Gibson from Ohio State, Eric Norwood from South Carolina, and Navarro Bowman from Penn State.

The Titans are certainly candidates to return to the AFC playoffs in 2010, and, if they can add some help up front on defense, shouldn't be getting off to any 0-6 starts again.

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