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If McCarthy gets hurt, can they play both Brown and Gooden? If they play 34 10-15 snaps a game as they have said they will, Gooden or Brown could play the weakside ILB with the other on the edge. Right? In their base 43, are middle linebacker and weakside linebacker really so different?
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Overviewing the Tennessee Titans' 2013 draft
#10 D.J. Fluker -- plays RG and blocks JJWatt with LONG arms and power. Also, provides tackle insurance and moves outside in the future.
#40 Margus Hunt -- I think they'd rather have a strong-side end to let Morgan move around some.
#70 Jamie Collins or Zaviar Gooden -- athletic linebacker who provides depth for McCarthy's injuries, Ayers moving to DE, and Special Teams.
#97 Sanders Commings -- If there is one position they would most like a dirty, competitive guy with anger issues, it is CB. Big, so fits the press CB idea they are supposedly hoping to add.
#107 Le'Veon Bell or Marcus Lattimore -- RB3 is probably open. Someone with the talent to be RB1 in 2014 makes sense. I like Schwenke here too.
#142 Barrett Jones -- big enough, smart enough, and moldable for Muchak and Matthews.
#202 Quinton Dial or Kwame Geathers -- might make the team, might not. 3rd Bama guy or 2nd Georgia guy, but I went to UTK so...
#216 Joseph Faria -- I like your pick, maybe beats Taylor Thompson or confirms that we have something in Thompson.
#248 John Boyett -- Might beat out Robert Johnson or Markelle Martin.
I liked Floyd until I fell in love with the idea of Fluker as the anti-JJWatt. Plus they really don't have room for a DT with Hill, Casey, Pitoitua, Martin, and Klug.
Here's my guess for the top of the Titan's draft board: Jordan, Fluker, Floyd, Ansah, Mingo, Warmack, Cooper, Lotulelei, Milliner in that order. Last week I had: Jordan, Ansah, Floyd, Lotulelei, Milliner, Warmack, Cooper, Mingo, Fluker.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on My seven-round Titans mock
@ThomasGower @jckblr Here's what I hope is their draft strategy (and it seems you agree): 1st rouund -- a defensive difference maker, 2nd or 3rd round -- an interior O-lineman who can win a starting job before the end of his rookie year. (Both helping the win-now efforts). But if all the best defensive difference makers are gone before #10, take the guard then and the best player available the rest of the way.
Here's my draft board:
Jordan, Ansah, Floyd, Lotulelei, Milliner, G (Cooper or Warmack)
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Evaluating the top guards in the draft from a Titans perspective
Tom, how about trying for a top ten on the Titans draft board? Who do they like that they probably can't get at 10 but will jump at the chance to pick if they should fall? On Kiper's new draft widget, if you give the Titans all of the first 15 picks, they take 10 players ahead of Warmack. Kiper's Titan's draft board seems to go like this: Ansah, Floyd, Milliner, OT (Fisher, Joekel, Johnson, Fluker, Watson), Jordan, Cooper, Warmack, Austin, Lotulelei, Eifert, Mingo. This could be some kind of technical error, but what do you think about picking a highly rated tackle? Could Fluker or Watson play right guard? Could David Stewart play right guard? With a rookie at right tackle? Also, do we want Ansah? If the Jags and Lions pass on him, we might see him fall to 10. It also seems like their best chance of trading back is if Fisher and/or Johnson is still available at 10 and someone wants to jump in front of the Chargers. Last question, it seems like Jordan won't be available at 10, but if he were, how does a TALL and ATHLETIC 34 OLB translate to being in the mix as a blind side edge rusher and occasional SAM for the Titans? ESPN Sport Science claims he only has 4% body fat, which means he might actually have just as much muscle on that 6'6" frame as Ansah has. Being too small is one of the reasons I think they won't draft Mingo.