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2014 NFL Draft: Predicting Which Offensive Tackle is Right for the Tennessee Titans

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COMMENTARY| The Tennessee Titans have a big decision to make in May, and it may end up being one of the defining moments of Ruston Webster's time as General Manager. Inside linebacker and quarterback will be among the positions discussed, but the Titans should take a long, hard look at the trenches as I explained here.

With David Stewart likely getting the boot due to injuries and a massive contract, the Titans will be in the market for a right tackle. The best options will be available in the draft, unless they are willing to shell out the $8 million per year it would take to bring in Jared Veldheer.

Four candidates stand out that would present great value for the Titans no matter who else was on the board in that round. Tennessee shouldn't hesitate to jump on any of these players and never look back.

1. Jake Matthews OT, Texas A&M

Round: 1

Why he might fall: The premium positions in the NFL are QB, DE, LT, and CB (generally in that order) and luckily for the Titans there should be a logjam of talent in the top-10. If a team like the Oakland Raiders or Atlanta Falcons prefers Greg Robinson from Auburn, the other players could push Matthews out of the top-10.

Why the Titans would want him: Matthews is a very good left tackle, but he could be an All-Pro at the right tackle position. Matthews compares to 2013 OT D.J. Fluker Alabama that ended up being drafted 11th by the Chargers, except Matthews is much more athletic and will never have trouble dealing with speed rushers.

2. Taylor Lewan OT, Michigan

Round: 2

Why he might fall: Off the field issues are hurting the image of Lewan in the draft community. In a deep OT class with prospects like Cyrus Kouandijo, Antonio Richardson, Zach Martin, and James Hurst all increasing their draft stock, teams may not want to take a chance on Lewan.

Why the Titans would want him: If you liked David Stewart when he was younger and healthier then you will love Lewan. The Wolverine tackle is an absolute mauler that plays with a mean-streak. Pairing he and Chance Warmack together for the next decade could make for a dynamic running game.

3. Morgan Moses OT, Virginia

Round: 4

Why he might fall: People are very split on Morgan as a prospect, and with teams six or seven offensive tackles likely being drafted ahead of him, that doesn't leave many teams needing a right tackle.

Why the Titans would want him: Morgan has a lot of talent, and is a player that could eventually take over for Roos at left tackle if he pans out.

4. Jawuan James OT, Tennessee

Round: 4

Why he might fall: When you talk about the Tennessee Volunteers offensive line, all people want to talk about is the amazing potential Antonio Richardson has. While I firmly expect that he will blow up the combined (rumored to be looking at 33-34 reps on the bench with long arms) he isn't the only talented Tennessee prospect. If people somehow view Richardson's success as a determent to James's draft stock it could push him down boards.

Why the Titans would want him: Aside from an impressive resume of experience and success, James is a solid player who can be a starter in the NFL. Will he wow scouts or GMs? No, probably not, but he is very good at what he does and as long as you don't leave him on an island with players like Clowney or Watt, there won't be an issue.

My favorite pick: While Matthews would be a great pickup, I would prefer the Titans end up with a pass rusher in round one (either Clowney, Barr or Mack) and a gritty right tackle like Lewan in round two. This gives the Titans the physical presence they need on both sides of the ball, and could elevate Tennessee to a playoff caliber team.

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Will Lomas is a lead blogger for draftseason.com and a staff writer for SBNation's Tennessee Titans website Music City Miracles. Will is also the sports editor for the Tennessee Journalist, the University of Tennessee's online news source.

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