Contrary to popular belief, the Titans are not that far away from competing for a playoff spot in 2013. However, in order for them to achieve that goal, they’re going to need to have a successful draft class. It’s time to see what General Manager Ruston Webster and Head Coach Mike Munchak can do.
1st Round – 10th Overall – OG Johnathan Cooper, North Carolina
Yes, the Titans did sign free agent guard Andy Levitre in free agency. However, there is a still a glaring need at the right guard position. Rob Turner and Chris Spencer won’t be the answer to the Titans’ interior offensive line issues. Chance Warmack and Jonathan Cooper are. They’re both great fits with the Titans, but with Warmack projected to go before #10, the Titans will take Cooper and still be happy with their first round selection.
2nd Round – 40th Overall – ILB Kevin Minter, LSU
After Kevin Minter’s recent visit with the Titans, I believe they’re really interested in taking the LSU linebacker in the second round, and rightfully so. Titans starting linebacker Colin McCarthy missed 9 games in 2011 and 3 games in 2011, raising some questions of his ability to stay healthy throughout a 16 game season. And even when McCarthy played, he wasn’t very impressive. Minter will be good value at this pick.
3rd Round – 70th Overall – DE/OLB Sam Montgomery, LSU
Sam Montgomery has a valuable asset the Titans are desperately in need of: versatility. He’s great when you stand him up or when he’s playing at the line of scrimmage. Also, the Titans need to acquire more depth behind DEs Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley.
3rd Round – 97th Overall – WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
The Titans elect to add another wide receiver, despite already being pretty deep talent wise. But when you look at it, Nate Washington regressed in 2012 and. Kenny Britt will be gone after 2013. Adding Ryan Swope gives Jake Locker more targets to use on the offensive end.
4th Round – 107th Overall – CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut
Last year, the Titans selected CB Coty Sensabugh with their fourth round pick. Unfortunately, he wasn’t very good in the slotleaving the Titans wanting to find a corner that can play well in that spot. I may hate his name, but Blidi Wreh-Wilson would be a great pickup at this spot in the draft.
5th Round – 142nd Overall – FS Duke Williams, Nevada
He was primarily a strong safety for Nevada, but he’ll be a free safety for a team that is losing faith in Michael Griffin for good reason.
6th Round – 202nd Overall – RB Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt
This will be a great pick for the Titans. Zac Stacy was able to put up some good numbers behind a pretty bad Vanderbilt offensive line throughout the 2012 season, and he’ll fit right in with the Titans plans in the running game. Goodbye Jamie Harper.
7th Round – 216th Overall – QB Jordan Rodgers – Vanderbilt
Another Vanderbilt play stays in Tennessee as the Titans pick up a mobile quarterback that will compete with Rusty Smith for the third string QB spot.
7th Round – 248th Overall – DE Rufus Johnson – Tarleton State
Titans pick up a 6’6 268 pound defensive end that will compete for a spot in camp against Scott Solomon.
AFC South Mock Draft Schedule:
April 21 – Tennessee Titans
April 23 – Houston Texans