Tennessee Titans: Jake Locker Needs More Receivers

Pete WilliamsCorrespondent IMay 9, 2011

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 11:  Quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies passes against the Syracuse Orange on September 11, 2010 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Tennessee Titans has major needs to address at the wide receiver position when the lockout is lifted.

When Kenny Britt was injured in 2010, it was more than obvious how much the Titans needed receivers that could stretch the field to open up the running game.

The Randy Moss experiment didn't work out, and the Titans didn't address the wide receiver position in the draft.

In the following I have lined up some of the interesting options the Titans have.

1. The wishful thinking scenario: receivers that make the Titans challenge for the Division Title.

Santonio Holmes, New York Jets
Sidney Rice, Minnesota Vikings

Both Homes and Rice would take the Titans receiving corps to another level. They are both undisputed No. 1 receivers in they franchises. It would cost the Titans a boatload of money to get them, but owner Bud Adams is in win-now mode.

I don't think its very realistic that they will find a new home with the Titans. But there is a reason why the Atlanta Falcons went out of their way to get Julio Jones.

2. The realistic scenario: expensive receivers the Titans need to be playoff contenders

Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers
Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints
James Jones, Green Bay Packers

I think all three receivers are great options to play opposite Kenny Britt. They are all playing in great passing offenses, but could have trouble getting the next big contract with their existing franchise.

3. The dark horse scenario: receivers that could be very productive but is a gamble.

Mike Sims-Walker, Jacksonville Jaguars (injuries/consistency)
Santonio Moss, Washington Redskins (age)
Steve Smith, New York Giants (serious injury)
Steve Breaston, Arizona Cardinals (injuries)

All of these receivers could turn out to be very productive receivers for the Titans, but they all have different question marks surrounding them. However, when they play to their potential they could be very good weapons for Jake Locker.

4. The gambler's scenario: receivers that are either boom or bust.

Terrell Owens, Cincinnati Bengals (good production)
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Baltimore Ravens (experience)
Ricardo Lockette, Ford Valley St. (speed)

Just like with Randy Moss, the Titans could very well feel pressured to take a gamble on a receiver. All of the three receivers could make sense at some level, but also have substantial bust potential. 

5. The Development scenario: undrafted free agents with a twist

Darvin Adams, Auburn (good hands and hard worker)
Dane Sanzenbacher, Ohio St. (Great hands, fearless, coaches dream)
Terrence Tolliver, LSU (Great frame and speed)
DeAndre Brown, Southern Miss (Deep and red zone terror)

The Titans didn't pick a receiver in the draft. I think the could afford to take a chance on a couple of undrafted free agents. Adams and Sanzenbacher are the safer picks and Tolliver and Brown the high-risk, high-reward picks