The Tennessee Titans lost a couple of solid contributors in 2013 NFL Free Agency, but the team more than made up for it with the additions of guard Andy Levitre, tight end Delanie Walker, running back Shonn Greene and strong safety Bernard Pollard, among others. Let’s examine the team’s updated needs heading into the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft (in no particular order).
1. Offensive Line
The addition of Andy Levitre will open up more lanes for Greene and CJ2K and give Jake Locker more time to find his receivers. But Tennessee still needs to add another guard and GM Ruston Webster has really stressed the team’s interest in overhauling the offensive line this offseason. Look for the Titans to target the top two interior offensive lineman in this draft class—Chance Warmack and Jonathan Cooper.
If Cooper or Warmack don’t wind up taking their talents to Tennessee, look for the team to pursue one of the top prospects available on the second day of the draft, which could include Kyle Long, Justin Pugh, Larry Warford, David Bakhtiari and Travis Fredrick.
2. Defensive Line
Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan were decent last season and the Titans feature a solid group of defensive tackles—Mike Martin, Sammie Lee Hill, Jurrell Casey and Karl Kulg—each of whom are 26-years-old or younger. And while fixing the secondary is also a priority, the Titans need to add more talent and depth in the trenches to improve from last year’s performance on defense, when they finished 24th against the run, 26th against the pass, 27th in total yards and dead last in the league in scoring. Luckily, Tennessee will definitely have the ability to find a remedy as this draft class features a plethora of 4-3 DE and DT prospects who would help to defend the run and get to the quarterback.
3. Defensive Back
The Titans’ options with the No. 10 overall selection aren’t limited to Bjoern Werner, Sheldon Richardson or the top two interior offensive linemen (though those all appear to be solid options). The team could also select one of the top two cornerbacks in the No. 10 spot.
Xavier Rhodes is expected to receiver heavy interest from the Dolphins and Buccaneers and would be a great pickup for the Titans to line up opposite Jason McCourty, who totaled 92 tackles with four interceptions and a forced fumble in his fourth season in 2012.
The addition of Rhodes or Dee Milliner—who would be sure-fire steal in the No. 10 spot—would also move Alterraun Verner over the nickel role, where he would likely be a better fit.
Day Two options could include Jamar Taylor, Darius Slay, Johnthan Banks, Robert Alford, Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Tharold Simon.
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