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....and how they relate to the Titans.
I used about 5-6 of the more respected analysts/mockers and summed up some of the information.....and then added in some of my opinion on how they relate to the Titans.
(in no particular order)
1. Luke Joeckel, OT - Generally lining up to be the consensus #1 pick. He's a really good player and projects to play LT. He really doesn't have a lot of weaknesses, however he isn't as highly rated as LT's that have been drafted in the past. First off, why would the Titans take an OT? You could argue that they will likely have to say goodbye to Stewart next yr, so they would have to find a replacement sooner or later.....but this staff has to win now.....so drafting a OT (unless they want to move them inside) is likely out as the #10 pick. They very well could target one later on in the draft.
2. Ezekiel Ansah, DE - Crazy mix of size and athleticism. He is this yr's version of Jason Pierre-Paul, however he isn't as nearly as polished. Ansah is raw, raw, raw. His athleticism alone is going to get him picked in the top 10 easily, however he has massive "bust potential" due to his lack of polish and experience. Could a team like the Titans (we've already established that the staff can't afford "project players") take Ansah at 10? Absolutely. Especially, b/c Ansah wouldn't have to start. Wimbley and Morgan would start leaving Ansah to be in heavy (mainly pass rush) rotation. GIven the needs of the teams that pick 1-9, Ansah will likely be well off the board before he gets to us. And there likely would be better options.......keep reading.
3. Geno Smith, QB - This yr's team and staff are going to rest everything on Locker's shoulders. If Locker plays really well and the staff gets to keep their jobs, then the Titans won't likely be picking a QB early in the draft for yrs to come. However, if the staff is let go then Locker probably will be replaced by the new staff. But not this yr. The Titans won't pick a QB with their first pick, so there's no benefit to talking anymore about this.
4. Dion Jordan, OLB/DE - Jordan is a lighter, taller, leaner, more polished version of Ansah. He's much more ready to excel early than Ansah, and so therefore has less "bust potential." He "could" play DE, but he is ideally suited for a 3-4 OLB. As a DE he is a little too lean and would likely be a pass rush specialist only and not do nearly as well in run stop. The likelihood that Jordan falls to #10 is very slim, but he could be an intriguing option. He's much more ready than Ansah, but would serve a similar role.
5. Sharrif Floyd, DT - Great motor, great pass rush DT, has wonderful athleticism and explosion. Could the Titans take a DT? Absolutely. We all saw what Big-Al was able to do to a line and defense. The problem here is two fold. Floyd's big weakness is his run stopping ability. He's not horrible by any means, but he's definitely not a well rounded DT. I also have a problem with "out of nowhere" prospects. For 1-2 yrs the analysts have been tabbing Star Lotulelei as the elite DT of this class. Floyd was projected as a 2-3rd rd pick. Over just the past couple of months he's jumped into the top 10? Why all the sudden is he so hot? I would tend to believe though, that if the Titans take a DT they would likely lean more to Star who is much better at run stopping.
6. Star Lotulelei, DT - Star is the 2nd coming of Big-Al.....without the issues. He did have the heart condition, but it seems all medical concerns have been put to rest. He does everything well. He's been eyed and examined by analysts for several yrs now and has never disappointed. He could improve his pass rush production, but this may be due to the fact that he has always commanded double teams. If the Titans take Star, I would not be disappointed.....except if they choose him over Warmack or Milliner.....but it wouldn't bother me as much as if they took some other players. The Titans had problems stopping the run or pass last yr. Commanding double teams would open up pass rush lanes and he would clog interior run lanes.
7. Eric Fisher, OT - Known for his nasty streak and work ethic, Fisher is a former TE that grew into an athletic OT. Some analysts feel he'll ultimately be a RT, but many feel he'll be a seviceable LT. Fisher to the Titans? Naw. See the comments under Joeckel.
8. Chance Warmack, OG - Guard prospects like this come along every one or 2 decades. Elite potential. Probable pro-bowler every other yr during his career. Great size, athleticism, strength. Great work ethic, character. Well spoken in public. Probably the only downside to picking Warmack at 10 is that guards usually aren't taken this high.......well, 2 things: guard prospects aren't usually this good and with the rookie wage scale we don't have to pay through the nose for a rookie. Warmack to the Titans? You bet. He has probably the lowest "bust potential" in the draft.....he's about as sure of bet as you can get in the draft. He fills a need, would be an immediate starter, and has no downside. If he or Milliner are there at #10 and there aren't any crazy moves with picks 1-9, then Warmack or Milliner should be an easy choice.
9. Dee Milliner, CB - Elite combination of size, speed, athleticism. No character concerns. Great in press, good in zone, and great in man-up. If Milliner has a downside its his lack of producing INT's. He tends to get plenty of knock-downs, but he's not necessarily a ball hawk. He's more of a sure bet and would immediately start as one of the top 3 CB's. He would give leverage for contract negotions for ATV next yr......or would lessen the impact should we lose ATV to FA. No question the Titans would be happy to have him and he is well worth the 10th pick. But a) will he fall? (not likely) and b) do you take him over Warmack? That's where the debate begins. Personally I would rather have Warmack and get a CB later on in the draft b/c the amount of talent for interior linemen drops off much more than CB's. There are some really good looking CB's in the mid-rounds.
10. Xavier Rhodes, CB - Very intriguing size for a CB. He's a safety playing CB when looking at his size. I wonder if anyone has every thought of trying him as a safety? Work ethic, character, athleticism all are very good. He doesn't have the ceiling that Milliner does, but he is a great prospect none-the-less. His size lends excellent press ability, but isn't as fluid keeping up with quicker WR's. I wouldn't mind him as a Titan assuming Warmack and Milliner are off the board.....but if they are off the board, who fell? I would certainly take Rhodes over most of the DE prospects at #10. But if Milliner or Warmack are off the board, I would prefer that the Titans try to trade back 3-5 spots......Rhodes would probably still be there.
11. Jonathan Cooper, C/G - The more research I do into Cooper, the more I like him. He's more athletic and versatile (can play center) than Warmack, but is slightly less polished at almost everything. Warmack is so rare and good, that it makes Cooper looks like less of a prospect. While he may not be Warmack, he is definitely one of the better guards to come out of college in the last 5-7 yrs. If Warmack or Milliner are off the board, there is no shame at all for taking Cooper. Some analysts like him more than Warmack even due to his versatility. I don't. However, Munchak (who played o-line, coached o-line, etc) has forgotten way more about o-line prospects than all of us posters will ever know put together.
12. Lane Johnson, OT - Crazy athleticism for a tackle, but raw. He'll likely need a yr or two before he really comes into his own. Athletically able to be a LT, but may start at RT until the game slows for him. Known for his pass protection, but needs to work on his run blocking. see Joeckel for thoughts on OT's.
13. Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB - Does have some work ethic concerns. He's a pass rush specialist, but is still raw. He needs to work on his pass rush moves quite a bit. He's shorter and leaner than most DE's that are projected this high, but if he gains weight he can have just as high of potential. He'll need time though to develop. Thankfully he won't have to start for the Titans. He's also a run stopping liability at this point. He has plenty of enough potential to change this, but as of right now it is a drawback. At the end of the day he is much more suited as a 3-4 OLB and there are several nice DE's to have in the 2nd rd that have just as much potential and that are just as raw.
14. Jarvis Jones, OLB - The only concern is the spinal stenosis.....which has been cleared by every medical staff whom has evaluated him. He's this yr's version of Von Miller. Extremely athletic and has significant pass rush ability. He's not a liability in pass coverage, but that's not his forte. Why would the Titans take him when they already have Ayers Rock? Ayers was much better in yr 2, but was out of position way too often and missed way too many tackles. One analyst said that the reason why Ayers had so many tackles was b/c teams actually ran the ball in his direction. Why would anyone want to run to the strong side of the defense if not for they were looking to exploit his shortcomings. If you get Jones, you can turn Ayers Rock into a pass rush DE. Ayers is pretty much the same size as a Jason Babin who was a decent pass rusher for us a few yrs ago.
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