A look ahead: Titans rebuilding in Tennessee
The Tennessee Titans have been relatively quiet this off season under new head coach Ken Wisenhunt and company. They did sign running back Dexter McCluster from the Chiefs, Michael Oher OT from the Ravens and Marcus Dixon, DE from the Jets, which were interesting additions to their roster. However, with a team in need of rebuilding, those were not huge moves in the free agent market compared to other teams.
The other day they announced that they would not take the one year option on their QB Jake Locker who has struggled with injuries in his first three seasons with the Titans. This clearly puts the writing on the wall for Locker, and with their backups being 9 year veteran Charlie Whitehurst and one year player Tyler Wilson, one has to think they are going to use the draft to choose a signal caller.
Of the prospects at QB in the NFL Draft, the Titans have held or attended workouts for Derek Carr – Fresno State, Jimmy Garoppolo – Eastern Illinois and Zach Mettenberger – LSU in the past few weeks. They were also in attendance at Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M’s pro day last month, and have shown interest in Teddy Bridgewater – Louisville and Aaron Murray – Georgia at this position.
The Titans have the #11 pick in the upcoming draft, and they have the number #10 pick in the second round and four other picks in rounds 4-7. The likely first two round picks for them will be at QB, FS or OLB.
At the safety position they have been taking a look at Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, FS – Alabama and Calvin Pryor, FS – Louisville. If they want Pryor, they might have to make him their choice in the 1st round, but Dix might be there in the 2nd.
In the outside linebacker position they have been recently at the workouts of both Anthony Barr, OLB – UCLA and Shaquil Barrett, OLB – Colorado State. They have also been looking at C.H. Mosley, ILB – Alabama. It is likely any of these candidates could be available in the 2nd round by the time the Titans pick, so this might point to Tennessee choosing a QB in the first round.
The quarterbacks that might make a good fit for Tennessee are Derek Carr and Blake Bortles of Central Florida. Both have good arms, and could take over for Locker if he goes down from injury early in the season again. Additionally, they are rugged enough that they could win the starting position. Titan’s Guard Chance Wormack has voiced clearly that he would like the team to draft his former teammate A.J. McCarron, QB – Alabama, whom has also been under consideration in Tennessee.
In late rounds of the draft, look for Tennessee to pick up a receiver and perhaps another offensive lineman. The Titans are in a re-building mode this year after back to back losing seasons. They are also in a competitive division with Indianapolis leading the way, and the Texans and Jaguars who are rebuilding as well. The 2014 season should be interesting to see how they fare with their off season moves, and the players they sign in the upcoming NFL Draft.
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