COMMENTARY | The Tennessee Titans are heading into a crucial point in the Ken Whisenhunt regime: the first draft. The three-headed team of owner Tommy Smith, General Manager Ruston Webster, and Whisenhunt all want this to go as smoothly as possible, but the draft is unpredictable. These three trades could ruin the Titans' draft day plan, and throw a wrench in the big board.
Two of these trades would only slightly hurt the Titans, but one of them would be devastating for the division as a whole.
This is one of the two minor disasters that could happen in this draft.
Jacksonville moves up to finally get their franchise QB, Teddy Bridgewater to pair with their two young, talented receivers Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts.
The Texans would then take either Jadeveon Clowney or Johnny Manziel at three. Then with the third round pick the Texans could add a receiver like Jared Abbrederis or a tight end like Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Either way, both teams would have markedly improved.
This is the second minor disaster on the list.
This is bad for the Titans for a number of reasons. Firstly, both Matthews and Robinson have to be firmly in the mix for the Titans pick at number 11 if they should fall for one reason or another. Having Indy come in and "leap-frog" them would only make missing out on them more painful.
Secondly, Andrew Luck has been able to turn T.Y. Hilton into what Tavon Austin was supposed to be, imagine what he could do with the best receiver in this class. Watkins is absolutely slippery with the ball in his hands and if you get the ball in his general direction, chances are that he will come down with a spectacular catch.
Without Wayne, Luck looked lost and outright mediocre, but give him Watkins for the next few years and he would put up the numbers and record that everyone thought he would.
3. Houston trades Andre Johnson and a third round pick (possibly the one from Jacksonville) and grabs another top-10 pick.
This is the nuclear disaster for the Titans.
The Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Buffalo Bills are all possibly in the mix for a true #1 receiver with their first round pick this year, what more receiver has been more consistent than Andre Johnson?
Consider this. The scenario in option one takes place and the Texans grab Clowney with the third overall pick, and now have two third round picks. The Texans then trade Johnson and the third from the Jaguars (so really only Johnson) and move into the eighth overall spot. With the eighth overall pick the Texans take Manziel, Derek Carr, or Blake Bortles. Not only do they get a potentially elite defensive end/outside linebacker, but they also potentially grab a franchise quarterback. If both of those trades panned out the Texans would be back in control of the AFC South in 2014.
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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