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Xavier Rhodes with the 10th pick?

  • Charlie Campbell's recent mock draft on Walterfootball had this to say,

    "Based off of info from sources with the Titans, right now I think this pick will come down to Chance Warmack, Xavier Rhodes or Jonathan Cooper. DeMarcus Milliner won't get to No. 10, but the Titans love him. Desmond Trufant could also become an option since general manager Ruston Webster knows the Washington program well. Webster used to attend some Huskies' practices when he worked for the Seahawks and that was a big factor in the Titans selecting Jake Locker.

    Tennessee has to improve the talent in its vulnerable secondary and offensive line. The team signed Andy Levitre, but hasn't added a good cornerback.

    Xavier Rhodes (6-2, 210) has a special skill set. He is big, fast and agile; all while having good hands. Rhodes started 14 games as a redshirt freshman in 2010 and was the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year. He recorded 58 tackles, four interceptions and 12 passes defensed.

    Rhodes played well against Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles in 2011, and was fabulous at covering up Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd. Rhodes totaled 43 tackles, an interception and four passes broken up that season. Teams stayed away from him and attacked the Seminoles' other corners.

    Rhodes passed his biggest test of 2012 in late September. He didn't play a lights-out game in coverage against Clemson's dynamic duo, Watkins and Hopkins, but Rhodes was solid and kept either of them from big plays when he went against them in man coverage.

    Florida State mixed in zone and man assignments, so Rhodes did not have to go against Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins exclusively in man coverage. The junior Hopkins had 88 yards on five receptions, but 60 came on one touchdown reception against zone coverage where the safety failed to pick him up running down the field. Watkins had 24 yards on six receptions. Rhodes finished with three tackles and a pass breakup versus Clemson.

    The redshirt junior collected 39 tackles, seven passes broken up, three interceptions and a forced fumble this year."

    I happen to be a big Rhodes fan. I've even wondered if he can play safety at his size, but I wonder if taking him at 10 is a bit too high. Granted if Warmack, Milliner, Cooper aren't there, then things may be different. If they are gone then I think the Titans could move back well into the teens and get either Rhodes or Trufant.

  • Milliner is the only CB I would take at 10. There is quality depth at that position this year.

    We need to grab Warmack at 10 and then go DE or CB in the 2nd.