The Tennessee Titans may not have blow us away during the 2013 NFL Draft, but they did a pretty rock-solid job addressing almost all of their needs and found good value throughout the three-day festivities.
With this being a quarterback-driven league and arguably a make-or-break third year for Jake Locker, the Titans decided to give their starting signal-caller a better chance at success by using their first-round pick (No. 10 overall) on improving his protection with the addition of Alabama OG Chance Warmack and then traded up to the top of the second round (from No. 40 to No. 34) to select a local product and one of the most lethal receivers in this draft class by the name of Justin Hunter.
Right after the team selected Kendall Wright with the No. 20 overall pick in last year’s draft, we told you to expect an immediate impact from the versatile and lethal receiver in the Titans’ offense.
And Wright did just that with 64 receptions for 626 yards and four scores in 15 games (five starts).
Big things could be ahead for Hunter in his rookie season as well. The tall strider has the height, speed, hands and explosive leaping ability to take the top off of any defense, if he can overcome some of his mental mistakes.
Putting Warmack with holdover Fernando Velasco (with Brian Schwenke in the wings) and free agent addition Andy Levitre gives Locker more much-needed time to find his young, talented targets like Wright and Hunter (along with veteran tight end Delanie Walker) and also opens things up in the running game for Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene.
Tennessee added some talent and depth to the secondary with the addition of CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson in the third round (N0. 70 overall) and former Nevada corner Khalid Wooten at the end of the sixth round (No. 202 overall) and former Nebraska safety Daimion Stafford at the end of the seventh round (No. 248 overall).
Wilson will likely compete for the starting job opposite Jason McCourty. The tall, tough cornerback out of Connecticut has some solid ball skills and possesses impressive length and short area quickness.
The Titans didn’t really address the pass rush, but they did add some speed to the front seven by picking up Zaviar Gooden at the end of the third round (No. 97 overall) to pair with second-year linebacker Zach Brown.
Adding Lavar Edwards out of LSU in the fifth round (No. 142 overall) was also very good value.
Look for one of the top veteran 4-3 DEs still on the open market to take their talents to Tennessee.
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