COMMENTARY | The offseason has been going remarkably well for the Tennessee Titans.
First, they fire Mike Munchack who, while a great person, was in over his head in Tennessee. Next, they hire one of the best and most experienced coaching staffs in the league led by Ken Whisenhunt and Ray Horton, who have seven Super Bowl appearances between the two.
Now, it looks like the Texans are trying to help the Titans out by leaning towards taking one of the lesser quarterback prospects in this draft. According to this tweet from Matt Miller, Russell Lande has said, "According to trusted sources, the Texans are initially leaning towards taking Bortles or Manziel with the top pick."
What does this mean for the Titans' draft?
This will have a huge impact on the Titans' draft. If that tandem is brought in, then it will heavily influence the Titans' draft-day strategy, and it is very likely that the Titans will draft the best available offensive tackle, which could be a big mistake.Houston Texans- Blake Bortles QB, UCF
2. Cleveland Browns (via trade)- Teddy Bridgewater QB, Louisville
3. Jacksonville Jaguars- Johnny Manziel QB, TAMU
4. St. Louis Rams- Jake Matthews OT, TAMU
5. Oakland Raiders-Jadeveon Clowney DE, SCAR
6. Atlanta Falcons- Greg Robinson OT, Auburn
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Anthony Barr DE/OLB, UCLA
8. Minnesota Vikings- Derek Carr QB, Fresno State
9. Buffalo Bills- Mike Evans WR, TAMU
10. Detroit Lions- Sammy Watkins WR, Clemson
11. Tennessee Titans…
This leaves the top five players on my Titans big board as:1. Khalil Mack DE/OLB, Buffalo
2. C.J. Mosley ILB, Alabama
3. Taylor Lewan OT, Michigan
4. Eric Ebron TE, UNC
5. Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix S, Alabama
Mack and Mosley are clearly the best candidates left, and it is hard to imagine passing on Khalil Mack in this spot. Mack is a dominant player and will change the completion of the Tennessee defense.
What does this means for the future of the division?
This also means that the No. 2 pick will become a lot more valuable to teams like the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers who have the ammunition to move up. If someone does move up to take Bridgewater and the Jaguars are committed to taking a quarterback as I outlined here, then the two best players in the draft could both be in another division.
This likely means that Andre Johnson and Nuk Hopkins will spend next year being underutilized, and we saw where that got to the Texans last year. This also likely means that the Jaguars will be pigeon-holed into taking the third-best QB on the board.
While I like Manziel more than most, he is not the guy I would pick with the third overall pick. However, as I said, the Jaguars are committed to taking a QB and would be out of luck here.
All of this coupled with the fact that the Indianapolis Colts were swindled out of their first-round pick, means that there is a good chance that the Titans will be the most improved team in the AFC South next year. New coaching and better players may make the Titans a dark-horse candidate for the division title in 2014.
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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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