The Tennessee Titans enter the 2010 NFL Draft with many holes. The team's most pressing needs are at defensive end, cornerback, and outside linebacker.
The Titans should not even think about touching the offensive side of the ball for the first two days of the draft.
With the best running back and offensive line in the league, combined with an improved receiving corps and a re-inspired Vince Young, the offense should be the least of the front office's concerns.
For the first few rounds of the mock, I will give a "dream" and a "realistic" pick.
A dream pick is a player who is expected to be drafted before the Titans can pick him, but who would be the best option for the Titans if he were to fall.
It's definitely possible for those players to fall. The Philadelphia Eagles were able to draft two players in Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy just last year when no one expected them to be around by the time the Eagles picked.
A realistic pick is a player who is likely to be around for the Titans, according to the majority of draft "experts."
The Titans do not have a second round pick this year. They traded it during last year's draft to pick tight end Jared Cook in the third.
I am also assuming that the Titans receive an extra third round pick after losing Albert Haynesworth to free agency last offseason.
Dream: Derrick Morgan, Defensive End, Georgia Tech
Realistic: Jason Pierre-Paul, Defensive End, South Florida
Derrick Morgan will most likely be gone by the time the Titans are on the clock. As of now, he is the No. 1 defensive end on most draft boards.
Many have Jason Pierre-Paul going higher in the draft because they expect him to explode at the combine. As of now, JPP to the Titans isn't too hard to imagine.
Many fans may think cornerback is the Titans No. 1 need. The most talented cornerback in the league couldn't contain a mediocre receiver without a pass rush.
Dream: Javier Arenas, Cornerback, Alabama
Realistic: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Cornerback, Indiana of Pennsylvania
Javier Arenas is probably the most likely player to fall out of the three "dream" picks. With cornerbacks Kyle Wilson, Brandon Ghee, and Devin McCourty increasing their draft stock at the Senior Bowl practices, Javier Arenas could drop slightly.
If Arenas doesn't drop, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah could very likely be there for the Titans in round three. Like Arenas, Owusu-Ansah is a return specialist. Adding either of these players would eliminate the need for a corner and returner.
Dream: A.J. Edds, Outside Linebacker, Iowa
Realistic: Dekoda Watson, Outside Linebacker, Florida State
In a very thin outside linebacker class, A.J. Edds will almost definitely be gone at this point in the draft.
He would fit great with the Titans' future plans at linebacker.
Edds would complement his Iowa teammate Gerald McRath whom the Titans drafted last year. Edds, who is projected to be a strong side linebacker, would play opposite of McRath, who is best suited at weak side linebacker.
McRath did start quite a few games for the Titans this season in replacement of an injured David Thornton, who was the team's strong side linebacker. McRath was solid in relief, which opens up the opportunity to draft the extremely athletic Dekoda Watson to replace Keith Bulluck.
Austin Lane, Defensive End, Murray State
With currently only two defensive ends on the Titans roster, the Titans will need to draft more than one. Austin Lane would have the chance to play right away for a team like the Titans, who love to rotate defensive linemen.
Micah Johnson, Inside Linebacker, Kentucky
The Titans really don't have anyone after Stephen Tulloch that is an effective middle linebacker. Micah Johnson could be the biggest inside linebacker in the draft not named Rolando McClain or Brandon Spikes. Johnson might drop in the draft because of a recent knee injury.
John Estes, Center, Hawaii
The Titans like to draft versatile offensive linemen. John Estes can play center and guard. If the Titans aren't 100 percent confident that Leroy Harris can replace Kevin Mawae when the time comes, they may look for a center earlier in the draft.
Stafon Johnson, Halfback, USC
With Lendale White heading to free agency, the Titans are left with just two running backs. That means the Titans will pick a running back for the sixth consecutive draft.
If Stafon Johnson is there, I believe he would be a solid pick. The way I see it, out of all those running backs USC had on their roster, Pete Carroll gave Johnson the starting job. That has to mean something.