The Titans lacked any significant edge rush, they suffered from an unstable offensive line and, most importantly, they lacked a leader and a playmaker on the linebacker level of the defense. Luckily for the Titans, they should have some money to play with this offseason, and they have the 11th pick in the NFL draft.
With all of that in mind, this is the best possible way the top 10 draft picks could shake out for the Tennessee Titans:
1. Houston Texans - Blake Brotles QB, UCF
Why they would do it: There is some buzz about the possibility of UCF quarterback Blake Brotles being ranked as the No. 1 quarterback on some teams boards. If there is any team more likely to lean towards a Bill O'Brien coached team, I would be shocked. Brotles beat Penn State 34-31 in their matchup, and B.O.B has seen Brotles at his best. If he believes Brotles can run that offense, then he may lean in that direction in May.
2. Trade to Browns for a pair of 2014 (STL via Washington) - Teddy Bridgewater QB, Louisville
Why they would do it: The Browns have the weapons to be great offensively and they have a great defensive coordinator, but what they don't have (and what they haven't had in a long time) is a franchise QB. Many believe that Bridgewater is the top player in this draft, so if he falls to No. 2, don't be surprised if the Browns make a play for a quarterback like they tried to do with RG3 years ago.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Derek Carr QB, Fresno State
Why they would do it: The Jaguars can't go into another season with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne as the top two quarterbacks. Though Jadeveon Clowney would be appealing here, another bad year could spell trouble for Gus Bradley, and they won't get another chance at a quarterback as talented as Carr.
Why they would do it: Matthews is an outstanding run blocker, and he is the only blue-chip offensive line prospect this year. Rams head coach Jeff Fisher coached his father, Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, and Jake looks like he might be a very similar prospect. The Rams' offensive line is weak, and they have two excellent defensive ends, so having Matthews above Clowney on their draft board makes sense.
5. Oakland Raiders - Jadeveon Clowney DE, SCAR
Why they would do it: Clowney is the clear BPA here, and with Lamarr Houston likely leaving for free agency, the Raiders need to look strongly at defensive help. Clowney can come in and wreak havoc and sell jerseys and while the Raiders will likely have to wait until next year to find their quarterback, they will get one franchise player.
Why they would do it: The Falcons need help on the offensive line, but their entire defense could stand an upgrade. Barr is an athletic freak that can play either OLB or put his hand in the dirt and play DE, depending on what the Falcons want. With Cam Newton, Drew Brees, and (spoiler alert) Johnny Manziel all in division, they will need someone who can get after the quarterback.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Johnny Manziel QB, TAMU
Why they would do it: New Bucs head coach Lovie Smith will look for help at QB. While Mike Glennon showed some promise, he also didn't really take over the team like you would have liked and new head coaches like new quarterbacks. Manziel has been an outstanding college player and for all his flaws, he looks like a leader and a tough matchup for defenses.
Why they would do it: Another quarterback. This is a stacked class at the QB position, with loads of potential and no real outstanding prospect after Teddy Bridgewater. Hundley has some issues, but dealing with covering Adrian Peterson, Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings, Kyle Rudolph, and Hundley as a runner and passer will be a struggle for defenses across the league.
9. Buffalo Bills - Mike Evans WR, TAMU
Why they would do it: The Bills have loads of potential on the defensive and they have identified E.J. Manuel as the quarterback of the future. However, the one thing they don't have is a true No. 1 option in the passing game. Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods are both very good secondary options, but neither really stand out as a matchup problem. Evans reminds people of a mix between Vincent Jackson and Andre Johnson (high praise), and someone like that could really get the Buffalo offense going.
10. Detroit Lions - Sammy Watkins WR, Clemson
Why they would do it: The Lions have the best wide receiver in football on their team, but with him drawing true double+coverage every snap it would benefit the Lions to have another option at receiver. Nate Burleson was a decent No. 2 but nothing special, and when both Burleson and Johnson are covered, Matt Stafford makes terrible decisions. Drafting a dynamo like Sammy Watkins (think Tavon Austin, but better) would give Stafford another person to look at before he starts making poor decisions.
Who is left for Tennessee?
Best pass rusher: Khalil Mack OLB, Buffalo
Mack is possibly the most consistent pass rusher in this draft, and if the Titans move to a true Gregg Williams defense this year (with Jerry Gray likely gone), they should see their fair share of 3-4 looks. Mack is a guy that can line up opposite Ayers and just pin his ears back and get the passer.
Best middle linebacker: C.J. Mosley MLB, Alabama
The Titans need a young leader on the defense, and no one is a better leader than C.J. Mosely. The Crimson Tide 'backer is one of the most versatile defenders in college, and he should never miss a snap.
Best offensive tackle: Cyrus Kouandijo, Alabama/Taylor Lewan, Michigan/Greg Robinson, Auburn
Very tough call here, so I won't make it. CK and Lewan are both first-year plug-and-play starters at right tackle that might be able to go left tackle in a few years. That is exactly what the Titans need, considering that Michael Roos is still strong but is getting old.
Robinson is the best pure tackle available, but he is a redshirt sophomore and he may chose to stay at Auburn in a crowded offensive tackle class.
Best offensive weapon: Eric Ebron TE, UNC
For those looking for a comparison, Jared Cook was a poor man's Eric Ebron.
The Tar Heel tight end is a dynamic weapon who is so athletically gifted that he should step into the NFL as a mismatch for most defenses. Drafting Eric Ebron would allow the Titans to move Delanie Walker to H-back (moving fullback) and form possibly the best play-action offense in the league.
Other possibilities: Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State; Jace Amaro TE TTU; Ha-Ha Clinton Dix S, Alabama.
My Choice: Khalil Mack DE/OLB, Buffalo
Having Mack, Derrick Morgan, Jurrell Casey, and Ropati Pitoitua would be a very good defensive front. If the Titans could add a player like Michael Johnson or Greg Hardy in free agency then this pick would change to Mosley, otherwise pass rush is the way to go.
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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