COMMENTARY | Draft season has officially started for all 32 teams in the NFL and people are already forming strong opinions of what their teams do and don't need. The Titans have a plethora of needs, but if they are really going to transform into a playoff caliber team in one year they will need to grab good prospects in this year's draft.
These are the six players that are as close to "absolutely can't miss" prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Teddy Bridgewater QB, Louisville
Bridgewater has his detractors, and people fault him for not possessing that "wow" factor that Johnny Manziel (mobility) and Derek Carr (top-end arm strength) have in abundance. However, how many quarterbacks in recent drafts have been as accurate as the Louisville QB? At the end of the day the game is about getting the ball to your playmakers.
If the Titans could somehow land Bridgewater whether by trade up or an amazing fall, players like Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter would jump for joy. Bridgewater's impressive ability to lead receivers perfectly gives playmakers the best chance to use their athletic ability and produce after the catch.
C.J. Mosley ILB, Alabama
The 'Bama linebacker is one of the most well balanced inside linebackers in recent memory. Mosley covers passes better than Kuechly did in college, and his ability to come downhill and decimate targets in the run game sets him apart from most if not all the other linebackers in this year's class.
Will the Titans take him at 11? That seems very doubtful given the talented crop of pass rushers, quarterbacks and offensive tackles that will be available. However, no one could fault the Titans for taking a solid all-around player like Mosley if their top pass rusher, quarterback and tackles were off the board.
Jake Matthews OT, TAMU
Speaking of excellent tackles, Jake Matthews has the chance to be a great one. Matthews has elite bloodlines, size, strength, and technique and he will make a very good tackle for the next decade.
If Matthews falls to the Titans it would be a dream come true considering his experience at right tackle and how he could immediately come in and impact the offensive line. After Roos is past his prime he would also be a prime candidate to slide to left tackle giving the Titans dependable protection for the better part of a decade.
Eric Ebron TE, UNC
Ebron is exactly what the NFL is looking for in a tight end. What the junior from UNC lacks in blocking ability he more than makes up for in his ability to stretch the field and wreak havoc on bigger linebackers.
The Titans would be wise to add Ebron and make him the primary tight end. This would allow Delanie Walker to move to the number two TE/FB role. There both Walker and Ebron would be absolute nightmare matchups that almost no team is equipped to stop.
Jordan Matthews WR, Vanderbilt
The best quality that Matthews possess (besides his size and hands) is his incredible work ethic. Matthews actually asked the Senior Bowl representatives if they could send him film of the corners he would be matched up against.
Matthews seems like he will be a player that likely falls to round two, and will play with a chip on his shoulder for his entire career. Even though the Titans are stocked on wide receivers, it would be hard to entice a local guy with such outstanding attributes.
Steven Clark P, Auburn
This is a list of can't miss players, not players that will all be top-10 picks. Clark is the best punter I have ever seen at the college level and his ability to just force a ball to die wherever he wants to is borderline supernatural.
In addition, his kicks have excellent hang times and his ability to neutralize opposing returners will be talked about frequently once people really dig into special teams players. A Day Two grade is not out of the question.
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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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