The Tennessee Titans were predicted to finish last in the AFC South by most prognosticators. I would like to say I enjoy my crow medium rare with A1 sauce and/or horseradish (very underrated combination of flavors). The Titans were beastly at the line of scrimmage and physically dominated every game they played. However, with the loss of Albert Haynesworth, will they be able to defend their South crown?
Let's get to their draft range at No. 30 overall:
James Laurinaitis/Rey Maualuga: Stephen Tulloch could be severely upgraded in the first round. I think the Titans will be looking for better range, instincts and play-making ability at this position. Maualuga went to USC, which should get Jeff Fisher's attention as he is a USC alumnus as well. Laurinaitis brings credibility and leadership immediately to this defense. You can't go wrong either way.
Alphonso Smith/Vontae Davis: Nick Harper is going to be 35 next season and this team must get more athletic opposite Cortland Finnegan. Smith has the instincts and ball skills to change games, but his speed and size is very questionable. He was mediocre at the Senior Bowl. Vontae Davis has elite physical tools, but reportedly has a cocky demeanor (which is normal for corners) and a poor work ethic. He would be a great value at No. 30.
After the first round, Tennessee has a few needs. I just don't see this team going receiver with the addition of Nate Washington. Plus, it's not Jeff Fisher's M.O. He has only taken one receiver in the first two rounds since 1999 (Tyrone Calico).
Darry Beckwith and Jason Phillips are options in the second or third rounds at middle linebacker. Beckwith has first-round ability, but had fifth-round production last season. Questions surround his leadership. I am a big Phillips fan because of his instincts, toughness and underrated athleticism.
A defensive end might be added for depth on this roster. Watch out for the Titans to possibly reach for Paul Kruger in the first round, but they also might look for him in the second. Larry English would be an interesting value in the first round. Also look out for Lawrence Sidbury in the second or third rounds.
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