The Tennessee Titans were one of the teams everyone had pegged in the 2013 NFL Draft with their selection of Alabama guard Chance Warmack. This year, it seems to be everyone picking a guy from UCLA by the name of Anthony Barr for the Titans, someone to upgrade their pass rush and give them a guy who is scheme versatile.
Well, I’m not 100 percent sold that the Titans are taking Barr, but it’s also hard to see them passing up on him. In my latest mock draft, I had the Titans taking a different defensive player, one who has arguably the hottest name in draft circles right now. Here’s how they could build a draft around him as their first round pick.
1. First Round, 11th overall: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Big, long, athletic corner prospect with speed. Fuller is one of the hottest prospects in the draft right now and has ascended to the top player at his position on some boards.
2. Second Round, 42nd overall: A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
With a new head coach usually comes a new quarterback. The Titans pass on perhaps a more pressing need of a pass rusher to get a guy like McCarron who could be their QB of the future.
3. Fourth Round, 112th overall: Trevor Reilly, LB, Utah
Waiting until the fourth round and getting a hard worker like Reilly is a great ‘get’ for the Titans. This is a player who can rush the QB with his hand in the dirt or standing up as a linebacker.
4. Fifth Round, 151st overall: Craig Loston, S, LSU
Adding depth at the safety position, the Titans snag a player in Craig Loston that has some starting potential in the NFL after a solid career at LSU.
5. Sixth Round, 186th overall: Rob Blanchflower, TE, UMass
Solid all-around TE prospect who is coming off of injury that could be a real sleeper here in the sixth round for the Titans. Adds more competition to a position for the Titans that isn’t set in stone by any means.
6. Seventh Round, 228th overall: Rajion Neal, RB, Tennessee
The Titans could go RB earlier than the seventh round with their last pick, but getting a local prospect like Neal is not a bad idea considering he is a bruiser with good size at 5’11″ 220 pounds and excellent burst.