2013 NFL Offseason: Tennessee Titans
Draft Grades, Season Previews, Team Needs, Free Agents
Tennessee Titans (Last Year: 6-10)
2013 NFL Draft Grade: A-
Please note that the overall grade is not an average of all the individual grades. Other things are taken into account like team needs and goals.
Goals Entering the 2013 NFL Draft: Tennessee isn't going anywhere with Jake Locker, but this front office will be forced to stick with him for one more year. Adding some help around Locker at receiver, tight end and guard will help a bit, but it ultimately won't matter. Meanwhile, the defense is in shambles, so something must be done about that.
2013 NFL Draft Accomplishments: There are no more excuses for Jake Locker. The front office signed Andy Levtire in free agency and then drafted Chance Warmack and Brian Schwenke to completely bolster the offensive line. Justin Hunter, meanwhile, offers an upgrade at receiver. The Titans have done a tremendous job of placing talent around Locker. It's all on him now.
Tennessee's defense figures to be better as well. Blidi Wreh-Wilson was a steal in the third round, and he could start sometime soon. Zaviar Gooden gives the Titans some injury insurance at linebacker - something they didn't have last year. Lavar Edwards provides needed depth at defensive end.
I'm a big fan of what general manager Ruston Webster was able to accomplish this weekend. The issue, of course, remains Locker. If he can mature and cut down on his mistakes, Tennessee can compete for a playoff spot. I'm not too confident in that, however. If Locker stinks again, Webster could be fired - which would be a shame considering what he was able to accomplish in the 2013 NFL Draft.
2013 NFL Draft Individual Grades:
10. Chance Warmack, G, Alabama: C Grade
It's one thing to draft Jonathan Cooper in the top 10 because he can play center as well as guard. It's another to go with Chance Warmack, who can't be anywhere but guard. Once again, this is way too early to select a guard, but I'm not giving the Titans as poor of a grade as the Cardinals because they didn't have much of a choice. The front office needed to do something to help Jake Locker and Chris Johnson in order to keep their jobs, and Warmack is the best offensive talent on the board. It would have been nice if Tennessee could have traded down, but that may not have been possible.
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34. Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee: A- Grade
I love this move, as Tennessee surrendered a 2014 third-rounder to move here. Justin Hunter should have been taken in the first round. He's unbelievably athletic and has tremendous upside. The Titans had to find some weapons for Jake Locker because if he doesn't succeed, the coaching staff and front office will be fired.
70. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut: A Grade
There was some talk that Blidi Wreh-Wilson could sneak into the end of the first round, so you have to love the value here. The Titans were said to consider Dee Milliner at No. 10, but Wreh-Wilson isn't a bad consolation prize, as he will help fill a huge need at cornerback.
97. Zaviar Gooden, OLB, Missouri: B Grade
The Titans had to find some linebacker depth, and they're getting a pretty good talent in Zaviar Gooden. I had Gooden around this range - in fact, I mocked him to Tennessee's early fourth-rounder for weeks - so I like this pick.
107. Brian Schwenke, C/G, California: A- Grade
The Titans continue to bolster the interior of their offensive line, turning last year's glaring weakness into a strength. I like Brian Schwenke a lot and feel like he should have gone a round earlier.
142. Lavar Edwards, DE, LSU: B Grade
Tennessee had very little depth at defensive end going into the 2013 NFL Draft, so this pick makes sense from a needs standpoint. Lavar Edwards is also in the right range as a fifth-round prospect.
202. Khalid Wooten, CB, Nevada: B Grade
No surprise that the Titans drafted a second cornerback because their pass defense was so woeful last year. They liked Wooten, which is why I mocked him to Tennessee in the seventh round.
248. Daimion Stafford, S, Nebraska: B Grade
I expected the Titans to draft a safety earlier, but better late than never. Daimion Stafford fits the range, so this is a solid choice.
*** 2013 NFL TEAM NEEDS BELOW COMMENT BOARD ***
The Titans suffered a ridiculous six losses of 21 points or more. After one of those ugly blowouts, owner Bud Adams threatened everyone's job. Well, barely anyone was let go. Mike Munchak and Jake Locker will continue to be Tennessee's coaching-quarterbacking tandem in 2013, which won't exactly excite the fan base.
- Two Safeties: Tennessee could not stop the pass in 2012. A big part of the reason was the play of safeties Michael Griffin and Jordan Babineaux. The front office has a five-day window after the Super Bowl to release Griffin before it has to pay him $4.5 million in 2013. If the Titans don't give him another chance, they'll have to find two new safeties. Signed George Wilson and Bernard Pollard
- Two Guards: Chris Johnson needs better blocking in front of him to truly return to CJ2K form. Left guard Steve Hutchinson was a disappointment in 2012 (he retired in March), while Leroy Harris is a sub-par lineman heading for free agency. Signed Andy Levitre and Rob Turner
- Cornerback: Another reason the Titans couldn't stop the pass was because they had no cornerback depth. Plus, Alterraun Verner will be a free agent next spring. DeMarcus Milliner could be Tennessee's choice at No. 10 overall this April.
- Center: Speaking of the interior of the offensive line, Fernando Velasco must be retained after a surprisingly solid 2012 campaign. Tendered Fernando Velasco; signed Chris Spencer
- Running Back: Chris Johnson is doing nothing but dancing around the line of scrimmage, looking for holes that aren't there. He did this in his 2,000-yard season, but two things have changed: 1) he no longer has the blocking and 2) he doesn't possess the same type of explosion. Signed Shonn Greene and Jalen Parmele
- Quarterback: Jake Locker has shown nothing to indicate that he can become a franchise quarterback. The Titans will give him at least one more year to prove himself, but they need to bring in some competition. Signed Ryan Fitzpatrick
- Defensive End: Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan both performed well this past season, but there's no depth behind them. An early draft pick could be used to remedy this.
- Tight End: Jared Cook is about to hit the free-agent market, but he never lived up to potential. Giving Jake Locker a reliable intermediate target can only help him. Signed Delanie Walker
- Fullback: Quinn Johnson is a free agent, but he should probably be upgraded anyway. Re-signed Quinn Johnson
- Kicker: Rob Bironas will be a free agent in March. Re-signed Rob Bironas
- Linebacker: Some depth is needed here with Gerald McRath, Will Witherspoon and Zac Diles heading for free agency. Signed Moise Fokou
2013 NFL Free Agent Signings:
Andy Levitre, G, Bills. Age: 27.
Signed with Titans (6 years, $46.8 million)
Andy Levitre is a stud guard who excels in pass protection. He also showed off his versatility, playing decently at left tackle in some games in 2011.
Bernard Pollard, S, Ravens. Age: 28.
Signed with Titans (1 year)
Bernard Pollard isn't particularly good in coverage, but he's awesome in run support and has a knack for knocking out opposing players - especially if they happen to be New England Patriots.
George Wilson, S, Bills. Age: 32.
Signed with Titans
George Wilson has been an underrated safety for the Bills over the years. He played well this past season, but was deemed expendable when he suffered a neck injury and 2011 fourth-rounder Da'Norris Searcy played well in his place.
Delanie Walker, TE, 49ers. Age: 29.
Signed with Titans
Delanie Walker doesn't play a big part as a receiving tight end, but he's a tremendous blocker.
Sammie Lee Hill, DT, Lions. Age: 26.
Signed with Titans (3 years, $11.4 million)
Sammie Lee Hill could start for some teams, as he does a decent job of pressuring the quarterback. He just hasn't had much of a chance in Detroit because he's been behind Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and Corey Williams on the depth chart.
Shonn Greene, RB, Jets. Age: 28.
Signed with Titans (3 years, $10 million)
Shonn Greene is just your typical Big Ten plodder. He's just an average starter, but given all of the talent running backs in the NFL at the moment, he should be a backup.
Ropati Pitoitua (RFA), DE/DT, Chiefs. Age: 28.
Signed with Titans
Ropati Pitoitua has served as a solid rotational defensive lineman for the Chiefs. He's solid in run support and tallied two sacks in a game against the Chargers.
Jalen Parmele, RB, Jaguars. Age: 26.
Signed with Titans
Jalen Parmele didn't look half-bad in two brief stints against the Texans and Titans, rushing for a combined 125 yards on 32 carries. Unfortunately, he tore his groin in the latter contest, so we haven't seen much of him.
Rob Turner, C/G/OT, Rams. Age: 29.
Signed with Titans
Rob Turner had a decent 2012 campaign for the Rams. He played center and guard, and he's capable of lining up at right tackle as well.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Bills. Age: 30.
Signed with Titans (2 years)
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for a career-high 3,832 yards in 2011 and maintained a 23-16 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2012. Those numbers look solid, but Fitzpatrick is more of a very good backup or just a spot starter. His weak arm should prevent him from landing another starting gig.
- Chris Spencer, C, Bears. Age: 31. -- Signed with Titans (1 year)
- Kevin Walter, WR, Texans. Age: 32. -- Signed with Titans
- Moise Fokou, ILB, Colts. Age: 28. -- Signed with Titans
Tennessee Titans Free Agents:
Salary Cap: TBA.
Rob Bironas, K, Titans. Age: 35.
Re-signed with Titans (2 years, $6.6 million)
Rob Bironas connected on 24-of-30 attempts in 2012 - the first time he didn't drill at least 84.4 percent of his kicks since 2007. He'll likely rebound; he hit 6-of-7 tries from 50-plus in 2011.
Fernando Velasco, C, Titans. Age: 28.
Tendered by Titans (2nd round)
Fernando Velasco seemingly came out of nowhere to be a very effective center for the Titans in 2012. He also played some left guard.
Jared Cook, TE, Titans. Age: 26.
Signed with Rams (5 years)
Jared Cook has tons of potential, but has never developed. He hauled in 49 receptions for 759 yards in 2011, but regressed this past season. That could be blamed on poor quarterbacking though, so some team should take a chance on him.
Darius Reynaud, KR, Titans. Age: 28.
Re-signed with Titans (1 year)
Darius Reynaud scored three special-teams touchdowns this year - two in one game against the Jaguars.
SenDerrick Marks, DT, Titans. Age: 26.
Signed with Jaguars (1 year)
SenDerrick Marks isn't particularly good at anything, but he's not really bad at anything either. He's a serviceable spot starter.
Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Titans. Age: 38.
Signed with Colts (2 years)
Matt Hasselbeck's days as a starter are long gone, but he proved that he can still be a very capable backup. He threw seven touchdowns to five interceptions in eight games last season.
- Deuce Lutui, G, Titans. Age: 30.
- Leroy Harris, G, Titans. Age: 29.
- Gerald McRath, OLB, Titans. Age: 27.
- Leger Douzable, DT, Titans. Age: 28.
- Kevin Matthews (RFA), C/G, Titans. Age: 26.
- Jordan Babineaux, S, Titans. Age: 31.
- Javon Ringer, RB, Titans. Age: 26.
- Ryan Mouton, CB, Titans. Age: 26.
- Quinn Johnson, FB, Titans. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Titans
- Will Witherspoon, OLB, Titans. Age: 33.
- Jarius Wynn, DE, Titans. Age: 27. -- Signed with Chargers
- Zac Diles, ILB, Titans. Age: 28. -- Signed with Chiefs
- Keyunta Dawson, DE, Titans. Age: 27.
- Kyle DeVan, G, Titans. Age: 28.
- Dave Ball, DE, Titans. Age: 33.
- Mitch Petrus, G, Titans. Age: 26.
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