COMMENTARY| The Titans are preparing for free agency at the moment, but it is never too early to look at the centerpiece of the offseason: the draft. With only three picks in the first four rounds, the Titans need to be able to fill needs while getting value. This is the best case scenario for Ken Whisenhunt's new team.
This mock will have a full first-round mock, but then only Titans picks in the second and fourth rounds.
1. Houston Texans- Blake Bortles QB, UCF
The Texans are set on taking either the second or third best QB which should be fine with Titans fans. Also, despite some of the team suggesting that they want Clowney, management hasn't wavered on its claim of desiring a QB in the first.
Matthews to the Rams is the "no-brainer" pick this year, at least at the moment. Matthews and Fisher have connections and the Rams need OT.
The Jaguars need a QB, and while I don't think Manziel is worth this pick, he fits what Gus Bradley wants if he is trying to replicate what the Seattle Seahawks are doing.
4. Cleveland Browns- Teddy Bridgewater QB, Louisville
The Browns may not get their guy, but they get the guy. Now that Lombardi is gone, they may not love Manziel and if they don't trade up they will be better for it.
Clowney will not fall out of the top five, and a he can be a cornerstone for the Raider defense for years to come.
6. Atlanta Falcons- Greg Robinson OT, Auburn
Robinson is young, talented, massive, and fills a huge need for the Falcons.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- C.J. Mosley MLB, Alabama
Lovie Smith had Urlacher in Chicago, now he has Mosley in Tampa.
8. Minnesota Vikings- Derek Carr QB, Fresno State
The Vikings have to get a QB, and Derek Carr is the last remaining "top-tier" QB.
9. Buffalo Bills- Mike Evans WR, TAMU
Watkins grades out higher, but with three small guys already starting for the Bills a big target like Evans is what the doctor ordered.
10. Detroit Lions- Sammy Watkins WR, Clemson
Possibly the steal of the draft, the Lions have Watkins and Johnson for the next four year and Matt Stafford will put up video game numbers.
This is not an indictment of Anthony Barr's talent or his fit, I just prefer Mack. While Anthony Barr has all the athleticism to become great in the NFL, Mack has paid his dues at the small school and knows what it is like to grind even when the world isn't praising you. Mack is an absolute finisher that gets after the quarterback every second of every snap, and he is a guy you never want to play against.
While offensive weapons like Eric Ebron, Jace Amaro, and even Marqise Lee were enticing at the end of the day this pick either has to be pass rusher or offensive tackle. With Matthews off the board it was a no-brainer.
12. New York Giants- Anthony Barr DE/OLB, UCLA
Pass rusher with elite potential, sound familiar Giants fans (JPP).
13. St. Louis Rams-Eric Ebron TE, UNC
Ebron is what the Rams paid Cook upwards of $50 million to be.
14. Chicago Bears-Taylor Lewan OT, Michigan
Say what you will about an "improved OL" for the Bears, but they still need help.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers- Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix S, Alabama
HHCD is a great copy of a young Polamalu will slightly diminished instincts, he is the answer the new NFL TE.
16. Baltimore Ravens- Marqise Lee WR, USC
The Ravens need someone they can trust on the outside, and they need someone that can make big plays on short passes.
17. Dallas Cowboys- Darqueze Dennard CB, Michigan State
Dennard was quietly outstanding in college, and the Cowboys need to upgrade their defensive backfield.
18. New York Jets- Jace Amaro TE, TTU
The Jets need a security blanket for Geno Smith, Amaro fits that bill perfectly and will be a mismatch for everyone except the Patriots Jamie Collins and the Dolphins Dion Jordan.
19. Miami Dolphins-Justin Gilbert CB, OKST
The Dolphins will need help on the outside if Grimes leaves.
20. Arizona Cardinals-Zach Martin OT, ND
The Cardinals have their QB, WR, and a great defense so now they need to focus on protection.
21. Green Bay Packers-Kony Ealy DE, Mizzou
22. Philadelphia Eagles- Louis Nix DT, ND
The Eagles don't really need much on offense and Nix is a steal here.
23. Kansas City Chiefs-Cyrus Kouandijo OT, Alabama
The Cheifs are going to let Albert walk and I do not like Donald Stephenson at all.
The Bengals might lose Michael Johnson, but if they pick up Jernigan then anyone one on the outside of that line will be great.
25. San Diego Chargers- Calvin Pryor S, Louisville
The Chargers need to upgrade their pass defense, and Pryor can be a tone-setter.
26. Cleveland Browns- Kelvin Benjamin WR, FSU
The Browns now have a talented QB, two lethal receivers, a good OL, and a talented defense. Great haul for them.
27. New Orleans Saints- Stephon Tuitt DE, ND
Tuitt is a better fit for the Saints than Will Smith was, and could be a great value pick here.
28. Carolina Panthers- Odell Beckham WR, LSU
Beckham will be a great return man and a very good number two for the Panthers. Finally Cam gets some help in the draft.
29. New England Patriots- Ra'Shede Hageman DT, Minnesota
I have written before that I think Vince Wilfork gets cut this offseason, and Hageman is the type of big-bodied athletic specimen I think BB will try to replace him with.
30. San Francisco 49ers-Allen Robinson WR, Penn State
The 49ers could use a speedster on the outside long-term, and Robinson could be that guy and possibly more.
31. Denver Broncos- Aaron Donald DT, Pitt
The Broncos need help on the inside and Donald is a force.
32. Seattle Seahawks- Ryan Shazier OLB, OSU
A freak athlete that who will entice Pete Caroll and the rest of that staff.
Round Two Titans pick- Dee Ford DE/OLB, Auburn
In round one Ford is too rich for me, but if he slips to the Titans in round two they should snatch him up. Ford and Mack could be a devastating combination of speed and strength on the outside and Horton would find a way to put them in great positions to succeed.
I expect the Titans to sign inside linebackers in free agency, or else Chris Borland would have been heavily considered for this pick.
Round Four Titans Pick- Ja'Wuan James OT, Tennessee
Tiny Richardson is the bigger name on the Tennessee offensive line, but James might end up being the better prospect. James is big and strong, and while he isn't the most nimble OT he is better than average. The thing that will hurt his stock is that he has never played LT, and he may never have that sort of potential.
Having said all that, James can be a very good right tackle and he can be exactly what the Titans need to replace David Stewart.
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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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