Football fans are going through a shortage of football; half of it is now gone, as the college football season ended last week. The NFL is also in its closing weeks. What happens after these events for fans?
The NFL draft, where college football fans and NFL fans unite. The Titans may be the best team in the NFL, but they could always fill a few holes. In my first slideshow, I will present the five most pressing needs of the Titans this offseason, and which rookie may be able to help out.
The man above, Nick Harper, is 34 years old. He's young, but not in the world of football. Harper might not last much longer, so another defensive back would be helpful. Cortland Finnegan is a Pro-Bowler, and if he is given a good enough teammate this secondary could be dangerous with its youth.
My suggestions would be B.J. Moore of Vanderbilt, Trevard Lindley of Kentucky, and Alphonso Smith of Wake Forest, judging by where they are drafting.
The man above, Kevin Mawae, is one of the most respected players in the NFL. Let's face it; he's a great center. However, he is 37 years old, and his back-ups, Eugene Amano and Leroy Harris, are too busy playing left guard to back him up.
Considering there are two centers in particular in this draft that are very good, now may be the time to get Mawae's back-up, and eventual replacement. The guys I would take would be Alexander Mack of California, Jonathan Luigs of Arkansas, or Max Unger of Oregon.
As I mentioned on the last slide, Eugene Amano is a back-up center and maybe long snapper, but not a substantial left guard. He is part of a great Tennessee offensive line, but is definitely the misfit, surrounded by giants David Stewart, Kevin Mawae, Jake Scott, and Michael Roos.
But luckily for the Titans, this the second consecutive rich draft of offensive linemen. Potential guards they could go after are Duke Robinson of Oklahoma, Herman Johnson of LSU, or Trevar Canfield of Cincinnati. If nothing else, this pick will add some depth of the line.
I know this comes up every year and everyone is probably sick of hearing it, but I think Tennessee is one first or second round receiver away from having a decent wide receiver corps. Justin Gage, pictured above, and Brandon Jones are solid No. 2's to build around, but there isn't a number one on the team.
Luckily, the 2009 class bails them out. Obviously, Tennessee won't draft high enough to nab Michael Crabtree, Jeremy Maclin, or Percy Harvin (if those guys even come out), but they can still settle for others like Darrius Heyward-Bay of Maryland, Kenny Britt from Rutgers, and Juaquin Iglesias of Oklahoma.
Jevon Kearse, "The Freak", has been a fantastic defensive end in his NFL career. However, he's 32, and he's not the same Freak. Plus, Kyle Vanden Bosch hurt his groin, as well as the defensive line. Dave Ball is a good back-up, but not exactly an every down guy. Tennessee could use an end to replace Kearse soon.
This class is stacked with rising defensive ends, like Everette Brown of Florida State, George Selvie of South Florida, and Brandon Graham of Michigan that Tennessee could take in their spot of the first or second round.