It’s almost that time of year, when owners, coaches, general managers, and the rest of the front office lock themselves in a room and heavily debate which players to draft to improve the team. This room is called the “War Room” for a reason. Everyone in this room is heavily opinionated and has become attached to a prospect that they don’t believe the team can do without.
In this segment, we will put ourselves in the war room and go over the picks we believe teams need to make when they’re on the clock. We’ll cover all 32 teams, but today’s segment is dedicated to the: Tennessee Titans.
The Titans’ most pressing need is quarterback, without a doubt. The Vince Young era failed miserably, and the wheels are falling off of Kerry Collins. Although Rusty Smith is waiting in the wings, the Titans’ statements made this offseason make it seem as if the Titans don’t believe in him as the long-term answer. At the offensive skill positions, the Titans are pretty much set. They could use a young lineman or two to develop, but the line won’t start to become a weakness unless the Titans go a year or two without addressing the line in the draft. On defense, the Titans desperately need to generate interior pressure with a top-notch defensive tackle, and would be well-suited also adding some speed to their outside linebacking corps. If they can hit on a quarterback, defensive tackle, and outside linebacker in this draft, they’ll be pretty competitive in 2011.
Tennessee Titans Mock Draft
Round 1, Pick 8: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn: The Titans’ defense, the foundation of their success in the 2000s, never was the same after the departure of Albert Haynesworth. To fix this problem, the Titans could choose to draft Fairley, who is an exact clone of Haynesworth – a disruptive pass-rusher who is the subject of questions about consistency and concerns of being a dirty player.
Round 1, Pick 24: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada: If the Titans want to address their need at quarterback without sacrificing too many picks to trade up for Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert, they could trade back into the first round, one pick ahead of Seattle, to nab former Nevada Wolfpack quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick is mobile, reads defenses well, and can make more than enough throws to be the Titans’ quarterback of the future. Without the expectations and fan demands caused by taking a quarterback in the top 10, the Titans can afford to sit Kaepernick behind a veteran such as Carson Palmer or Donovan McNabb until coach Mike Munchak deems Kaepernick ready to start.
According to the widely circulated draft trade value chart, this pick would cost the Titans their second and third-round picks, as well as their fifth-rounder (the 142nd pick in the draft). Addressing their two biggest needs would in the first round would be well worth this cost.
Round 4, Pick 12: John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin: A former lineman like Munchak will drool at the thought of adding Moffitt to his team. Moffitt doesn’t have great speed, but blows defenders off the ball and is massively strong. Definitely a raw prospect, but will benefit greatly from the tutelage of Munchak, a Hall of Fame left guard.
Round 6, Pick 10: Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama: McElroy is pretty pro-ready, intelligent, and will be a good value pick this late in the draft. Quarterback is a position of dire need for the Titans, and they should don’t seem to have a lot of confidence in Rusty Smith, so they should develop McElroy behind Kaepernick and McNabb/Palmer/Collins.
Round 7, Pick 9: Jabara Williams, OLB, Stephen F. Austin: Williams drew some buzz to his name with an impressive pro day that included a 4.58 in the 40-yard dash. It won’t be hard to convince Bud Adams to draft a fast player from the state of Texas, so Williams may be who the Titans turn to to add some speed to their outside linebacking corps. Additionally, he should be able to contribute on special teams as well.
Round 7, Pick 50: Baron Batch, RB, Texas Tech: Batch is a versatile back who can come out of the backfield on passing plays and spell Chris Johnson from time to time. While he shouldn’t be needed to contribute much, he would help provide depth in the event that the small-framed Johnson gets hurt.
That’s how it played out in our Mock of the Tennessee Titans “War Room”