With the draft coming up this week, what will the Tennessee Titans do with their seven picks?
Alabama's Dre' Kirkpatrick could be a nice fit for the Titans in the first round.
It is no secret that the Titans will be looking to bolster the depth and overall quality of the defense. New general manager Ruston Webster has admitted as much, though the Titans won't hesitate to add some help on offense as well where needed.
Tennessee's primary needs are at defensive end, where another pass rusher could help out free agent pickup Kamerion Wimbley and former first-round pick Derrick Morgan.
The Titans also need help at cornerback due to the departure of Cortland Finnegan as a free agent.
Here is the rundown of the Titans picks in each around as projected by TitanInsider.
1. (20th overall) _ Dre' Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama _ If Stephon Gilmore is still on the board as well, the Titans could choose to pick him over Kirkpatrick. But either way, the Titans will add a player who can come in and contribute right away at a position of need, since Tennessee is down to two starting corners in Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner.
2. (52nd overall) _ Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina _ The Titans are mostly addressing defensive needs, but a player with Jeffery's skills would be hard to ignore at this point in the draft, and with NFL playbooks becoming more pass-oriented, adding another weapon wouldn't be a bad idea.
3. (82nd overall) _ George Iloka, S, Boise State _ The Titans are looking for help at the safety spot, and Iloka has a rare size and speed combination not often found in defensive backs.
4. (115th overall) _ Malik Jackson, DE, Tennessee _ The Titans' needs at defensive end are well-chronicled, and after bypassing a need position through the first two days, Jackson brings another potential solid pass rusher on board.
5. (155th overall) _ Terrell Manning, OLB, N.C. State _ Tennessee wants to continue to add help at outside linebacker, and Manning, whose draft stock as slipped somewhat, could fill the bill. He has good size (6-3, 237) and possesses some pass rush skills as well.
6. (190th overall) _ Marcus Forston, DT, Miami _ Forston continues the Titans' desire to get bigger on the defensive interior. His 6-1, 301-pound body is plenty big enough and he has good athletic ability, though his college career was plagued by nagging injuries.
7. (227th overall) _ Derek Carrier, TE, Beloit _ Tight end isn't really a strong need for the Titans, but Carrier is a remarkable athlete who played on the Division III level in order to be able to play both football and basketball. Given how athletic tight ends are rewriting the way the passing game is used, Carrier is worth a late flier.
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