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Matt McGuire's 2008 NFL Pre-Draft Analysis
Tennessee Titans



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Tennessee Titans (Last Year: 10-6)

You must keep drafting well year after year when you're in a brutal division such as the AFC South if you want to compete. It was an early playoff exit last season, but still another impressive year for Jeff Fisher. Let's get one thing straight though - the receiving corps must be addressed in this draft unlike last year. I heard "Michael Griffin" and I couldn't believe they passed up on Dwayne Bowe. It was a bad draft pick because of whom they didn't draft (which was an obvious choice in my opinion), and they must make up for it this year. On to the Titans' draft range in the first round:

Lawrence Jackson: This defense could use an upgrade at end. This pick is a sleeper; I highly doubt it happens, but it's still in the No. 24 pick range.

Jerod Mayo: Ryan Fowler (104 career tackles) and Stephen Tulloch (92 career tackles) are absolutely horrendous talents, in my opinion. No play-making ability at middle linebacker on this defense; it would seriously welcome the speed and range of Tennessee product Mayo.

Wide Receiver: Hard to go wrong late in the first round with this receiving class. Devin Thomas, DeSean Jackson, James Hardy, Limas Sweed and Early Doucet would all be solid choices in the first round. Vince Young needs a weapon to prove himself and advance in the playoffs.

Even if the Titans go with a wideout in the first round, they need to keep drafting this position in the second or third round. This team has the worst receivers in the NFL, and one is simply not enough.

If they don't go with Mayo in the first round, then Dan Connor and Curtis Lofton are in their second-round draft range; Phillip Wheeler fits their defense and would make a lot of sense in the third round.

Calais Campbell, Jason Jones, Chris Ellis, and Jeremy Thompson can play defensive end in the 4-3 scheme, and are in Tennessee's draft range from the second to the fourth round.

Corner is also a need as well. Justin King, Charles Godfrey, Terrell Thomas, Tracy Porter and Tyvon Branch are options in the second and third round draft range.

Guard might need to be addressed with the loss of Jacob Bell in free agency. Eric Young, Sam Baker, Chilo Rachal, Roy Schuening, and Chad Rinehart are possibilities in the third to fifth round draft range.

Other than Alge Crumpler, there isn't much to speak of at the tight end position. Martellus Bennett, Brad Cottam, Jermichael Finley, Jacob Tamme and Chris Hopkins would be very impressive weapons for Young to throw to, and their draft range is from the second round to the fourth round.





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