Titans Have Options Picking 11th
By Mike Edler
With the NFL Draft a little more than two weeks away, the Titans have a decision on their hands with the eleventh overall pick. The options are limitless sans the 10 players that go before the Titans select, but should they make the pick at all?
The Titans find themselves in an interesting spot where they would benefit more from having multiple role-player selections as opposed to a big splash player at eleven. Their mock drafts have seen a plethora of players go at eleven, including Anthony Barr, Justin Gilbert and Teddy Bridgewater. Football.com’s own David Seigerman has the Titans selecting Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, someone who should be able to fill the shoes Alterraun Verner left behind in free agency. Read Seigerman’s latest mock draft here.
I believe the Titans are close to being a playoff team with the addition of two or three quality starters, as opposed to anything one top-15 player could give. The 49ers, who have the 30th pick, come to mind as a potential trade partner. They are rumored to be searching for a replacement for Aldon Smith if the court system or the NFL drop the hammer, so why not the Titans? The 49ers could trade the 30th pick as well as their two second round picks for the rights to select UCLA’s Anthony Barr and use him as a potential heir if Smith should miss, or do, time.
The Titans would be in business at that point, holding a late first round pick and three second rounders. With those picks, the Titans could shore up the defensive front with a player like Auburn’s Dee Ford, then address the running back, cornerback and offensive tackle positions with LSU’s Jeremy Hill, Utah’s Keith McGill and Virginia’s Morgan Moses. Of course, as the draft changes, so must the Titans game plan. With four potential picks in the top 64 selections, the Titans could change their plan at any given point, but this is one possible scenario.
The idea of grabbing four of the top 64 players in the draft should interest the Titans, but talking about a potential blockbuster trade is much easier than actually pulling it off.
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