The Titans fielded one of the weaker safety tandems in the NFL last season in Michael Griffin and George Wilson. Griffin played hurt in 2014 and has been called the ‘heart and soul’ of the team by CEO Tommy Smith. That said, he was ranked 84th out of 88 safeties by Pro Football Focus last season and carries a cap hit of just over $8 million for next season. Wilson, a free agent, will turn 34 this spring. Dick LeBeau is used to having Troy Polamalu in the defensive backfield. He doesn’t have that in Tennessee.
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Andy Levitre hasn’t lived up to the six-year, $46.8 million contract he signed in 2013. With the Titans offensive line in flux, he’s a candidate to be replaced as well. Levitre is slated to earn $6.5 million in 2015 and although the Titans certainly can afford to carry his contract, they may decide to hit the reset button on the position.
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Whoever plays quarterback for the Titans next season is going to need people to block for him. Right now, the Titans lack quality and quantity across the line and especially at tackle. Michael Oher is gone. Michael Roos is a free agent. Tennessee will need a right tackle if Taylor Lewan moves over to the left side.
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The Titans have a stud in DT Jurell Casey, but they need an edge pass rusher to be able to put more pressure on opposing QBs. The draft offers the best options. They can take one of the elite linemen -- Randy Gregory or Leonard Williams -- with the second overall pick, or they can address the need at the top of Round 2. Either way, the Titans must give new defensive guru Dick LeBeau more talent to work with.
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The Jake Locker experiment appears almost certainly over. The Titans have alternated between indicating Zach Mettenberger is their guy and saying they're open to drafting a new QB. Smokescreen or not, the good news is that with the No. 2 pick, Marcus Mariota figures to be there if they want him. The NFL is a quarterback-driven league, and right now, the Titans don't have a franchise quarterback. Until they do, they need to keep looking.