The rush of free agency is long past and the next thing to come along is the NFL Draft. Let’s take another look at how the Titans are being projected.
As the draft moves closer more than just Round 1 is being projected. Now these so called experts are diving into the second and third round as well. While these rounds are more guess work, it is interesting to see what the positions are at the very least. I usually break up the mock drafts by author, this time though I’ll be doing it by who they write for.
Mel Kiper: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama – This hasn’t changed at all. He’s been here with Warmack since the very beginning.
Kiper’s 2nd Round: Keenan Allen, WR, Cal – Allen is intesting because he is a bigger receiver at 6’2” and has very strong hands. He’s used to playing with subpar QB play in Cal so the transition to Jake Locker shouldn’t be a shock to him. I don’t mind this pick and I think the Titans could employ him in a Anquan Boldin type manner.
Todd McShay: Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida – McShay views Floyd as one of the best players in the draft. Many people disagree with him. McShay sees a disruptive force that can penetrate from the inside and disrupt opposing offenses. Others see him as a half season beast. I don’t like the position being picked. While he’s clearly better than anyone else the Titans have, I don’t see DT as being that glaring of a need.
McShay’s 2nd Round: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M – This is a pick I actually used when talking about a dream draft for the Titans. Moore could be a great addition especially if he acquires a work ethic. Those usually aren’t discovered this late in life but if he does….could be very nice steal for the Titans.
Rob Rang: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia – This I don’t understand at all. Don’t the Titans have Akeem Ayers and Zach Brown? Yep. Could Jones drop down and play some defensive end? Sure. Could the Titans employ him in a Von Miller
type of way? Sure. Do the Titans run a 3-4? Not at all. I think this is a case of Rang just simply not doing his due
Dane Brugler: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina – This pick is in the same line of thought as Warmack. Build the o-line and let Chris Johnson run. diligence on every team.
Pat Kirwan: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State – It’s an interesting pick, albeit a bit of a reach. The Titans do have Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty so they are set there but they also need a slot corner. Rhodes wouldn’t be that guy but it would allow Verner to drop into the slot where he is better. If the Titans trade out of this pick and draft Rhodes 7-10 spots later I’d love this pick. At 10, not so much.
Pete Prisco: Ezekial Ansah, DE, BYU – I love this. A lot. I think Ansah could be a freak type athlete that you see in Jason Pierre-Paul in New York. He’s only played football for two seasons so he’s only going to get better. If he lands here I might throw a party and buy a jersey.
Bucky Brooks: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah – I like Star more personnel wise than I do Floyd. I like Floyd more health wise. Star had a brief heart scare at the combine, which has since checked out, but it still scares me. Heart issues don’t just go away in a few weeks. What he is though is a dominant and disruptive force that could end up being a similar player to Haloti Ngata.
Akbar Gbajabiamila: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Gil Brandt: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
John McClain, Houston Chronicle: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Tyler Conway, BleacherReport: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU – Mingo is slotted here based on Kamerion Wimbley’s pervious season. I can relate but I think the pass rush as a whole needs work. Could one player make the difference. Probably not. Would Mingo, probably not since he’s better used in a 3-4 and not a 4-3.
Last But Not Least
I saved this one for last because I feel it is by far the most intriguing. Andrew Parsons for draftbreakdown.com put this one out about a week and a half ago and it is very intriguing.
1st Round: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia – I love this as I’ve talked about. It would give the Titans a superstar name on offense and give a fast offense even more speed.
2nd Round: Matt Barkley, QB, USC – Talk about a surprise pick. But I think it also comes down to the fact that there are many people who just don’t see Locker as a franchise QB for the Titans. It’s very possible Barkley has a Brady Quinn-esque slide and the Titans are able to nab him in the 2nd. I also can’t say I’d hate this pick, and I’m a Notre Dame fan.
3rd Round: Cornelious Washington, DE, Georgia – Washington is a big and athletic defensive end that could add a new dimension to the defensive line for the Titans.
3rd Round (comp): DJ Hayden, CB, Houston – Getting Hayden here would be a steal. He had a mini-stroke this past season during practice but has come back strong and could be a 1st round type if it weren’t for the health issues. A stroke isn’t something that just goes away but he has been medically checked out recently.
So who do you like? Don’t you like? Who would you like that (somehow) wasn’t mentioned? Let me know.