It’s draft time. We’ve had our experts tell you who will be drafted, but now it’s time for you to throw on your GM cap and vote which player should be drafted where. Each day we will present an argument for each player and why the respective team should pick them. Then, it’s up to you. You make the pick. The next day, we will compile the results and you can see who is off the board. Disagree with all of the options? Be sure to write in your pick below in the comments section. Ok, let’s get into it. The Tennessee Titans wrap up our series with the 10th pick and are on the clock.
The Tennessee Titans didn’t just sit around after finishing 2012 with a 6-10 record. That’s good, because there were holes aplenty with this team.
So, what moved did they make. For one, they opened up their wallet and gave free agent guard Andy Levitre a six-year, $46.8 million contract, then bulked up their offensive line with guard Robert Turner and center/guard Chris Spencer.
They also did the smart thing after tight end Jared Cook left for the Rams by landing Delanie Walker from the 49ers. They also gave a free-agent deal to running back Shonn Greene, who can be paired up with star runner Chris Johnson.
However, the biggest additions might have come in the secondary, as they snatched up safeties George Wilson and Bernard Pollard.
Will all these signings solve all the Titans’ problems? Well, no. A team that finished 6-10 can’t just hope that a couple signings will cure all that ails them. Some smart draft picks will have to be made if head coach Mike Munchak will have a chance at keeping his job in 2013. Let’s see who you will choose for them with the 10th overall pick.
West Virginia WR Tavon Austin
Kendall Wright is the standout among the Titans’ receivers, but do they have a legitimate threat opposite him in the passing game? Kenny Britt, Kevin Walter, Nate Washington and Damian Williams may not have the ultimate upside that Tavon Austin offers. Sure, Austin doesn’t have size, but his speed and explosiveness can stretch a defense and can turn into a legitimate downfield threat for young quarterback Jake Locker. Forget all the recent scuttlebutt about Tavon’s low Wonderlic score … this guy can play and be an immediate contributor in the NFL.
LSU OLB Barkevious Mingo
The Titans do have a need for an outside pass-rusher. Mingo can provide just that for the Titans, despite his relatively small size. He was listed as a linebacker at LSU, but he played with his hand on the ground a majority of the time. It’s not a stretch for him to do the same on the next level.
Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes
The Titans could use some help at cornerback. Rhodes, at 6-2, 210 pounds, can help provide depth for a defense that allowed the most points in the league in 2012. He has the speed (4.39 in the 40) to keep up with the elite receivers and has the strength to get physical in coverage. He can also be a factor in the run game as he’s not afraid to get in there and hit.
Florida DT Sharrif Floyd
There’s always somebody who inexplicably falls in every NFL Draft. Make sense that this trend would hold in a fan mock draft. Surprisingly enough, Floyd is STILL available at No. 10. Do the Titans have a need at defensive tackle? It depends how much faith the team has in starters Jurrell Casey and Karl Klug. Regardless of that, many NFL teams preach drafting based on the best available, not on need. Floyd is unquestionably the best player available at this spot. Will you decide to pull the trigger here?
North Carolina OG Jonathan Cooper
You can never have too many linemen. Cooper might be “just a guard,” his talent is undeniable. Does he have strength? Well, he bench-pressed 225 pounds 35 times for NFL scouts, so we’d say yes. Does have experience? He made 47 career starts for the Tar Heels as he passed up a chance to come out early to stay for his senior season at North Carolina. Cooper was a consensus All-American and was a finalist for the Outland Trophy. Cooper is about as close to a slam-dunk as you can get.