The Tennessee Titans are in desperate need at several positions including at both left guard, center and right tackle on the offensive line while also needing help at corner, safety, wide receiver, inside linebacker and possibly running back.
With all those needs and the need to add better depth the Titans have a lot of work to do before the team ever sets foot on the practice field.
Free-agency will be a huge part of the process and we agree with Delanie Walker who said the Titans don't need another rookie on the offensive line. We believe Walker is correct and think the front office should look to find their answer at right tackle in free agency or on the current roster.
How can you find the answer at right tackle on the roster? That could mean moving Taylor Lewan from left to right and adding a veteran left tackle through free agency or trade. We don't like to deal in rumors, but one such floating about is that the Browns could be willing to move Joe Thomas who is one of the best in the league. If the price is right then the Titans should be willing to jump on that move.
If not then a suitable right tackle is still available and can be found in free agency
While we can't predict who the Titans will sign in free agency because those players must want to join the Titans, we will run this mock based on filling the needs the team has with just those seven draft selections.
NOTE: Our first choice is for the Titans to be able to trade down from the top spot to obtain more selections to help build the roster, but because it would be pure speculation as to which team(s) might want to trade we are wurking as if the trade was not made and the Titans are using the first pick.
Wihout further ado, here is out TitanRedZOne seven round Titans mock draft.
FIRST ROUND: Laremy Tunsil, OT/Ole Miss: .The Titans have huge needs at offensive tackle and cornerback and while we love Jalen Ramsey and would take him in the first round, he does not necessarily bring value enough to warrant the first overall selection. Tunsil does, thus he gets the top spot becauee he fills a position of dire need and he is a franchise left tackle that would allow Lewan to move to the right side and potentially give the Titans two future Pro-Bowl caliber tackles.
Tunsil is large- 6'6" 315- has great feet and moves well in space. Because of his strenght and quickness he can handle most rushers one-on-one. He has violent hands and jars people on first contact. When he locks on he has the strength to dominate defenders. He brings the most value to the Titans with the first pick.
NOTE: If the Titans trade for, or sign a left, or right tackle in free-agency then Ramsey would immediately move to the top of our list even though the experts might not think a corner is worth the top pick. We also like Joey Bosa but he is not a player at an area of most need and would be more of a luxury selection at this point though he could well be a great defender, but we feel filling a need is more important for this team at this time as corner is a weekness..
SECOND ROUND: Jeremy Cash, S/Duke: The Titans need a corner, but there is none ranked higher or with the upside we see in Cash at the top of the second round. At 6'1" 208, Cash often lines up near the line of scrimmage as a nickel cornerback, We like Cash's versatility and instincts in coverage, reading and anticipating well to drive on plays in front of him. He isn't shy about contact and will lowe his pads and driving through his target as a run defender. He plays with nonstop and hustle and is a violent hitter.
The best NFL prospect on defense for Duke in nearly 30 years, Cash underwent surgery in December on his right wrist, abruptly ending a senior campaign in which he was named the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year. A broken wrist required surgery in December, which will require medical checks by teams and could limit his ability to impress scouts during the pre-draft period. Still his value is ther as he is versatile near the line of scrimmage, projecting best as a run-supporting safety or even hybrid linebacker.
THIRD ROUND: O.J. Howard, TE/Alabama: Howard has not yet declared for the draft but we think he will and at 6'6 242 with incredible athletic ability, he would provide another weapon for Marcus Mariota. Pairing Howard with Delanie Walker at tight end would provide match-up nightmares for opposing defenses. His frame and athleticism are ideal for what NFL scouts seek in a tight end prospect, along with his fluidity, ball-skills and large catch radius. Did a better job asserting himself as a blocker in 2015.
He is a special athlete for his frame with speed to run away from linebackers and body control to attack the football. His tape can be underwhelming as he doesn't properly use his size andmust improve his route-running and physicality in fighting for the football in the air. His performance in the national championship game shows what he can do and while Clemson's secondary struggled in coverage allowing Howard to he wide open, still the athletic ability is mouth watering when put in an offense with Mariota, Walker and a hopefully improved Dorial Green-Beckham in 2016.
NOTE: Howard has not declared for the draft as of yet and he was projected as a third round selection prior to his performance in the national title game win for Alabama. Indications are that he is leaning toward entering the draft.
FOURTH ROUND: Eric Murray, CB/MINNESOTA: Murray,played boundary corner for the Gopher and didn't stand out in one particular category, but he is very well-rounded with good size (5' 11" 196), speed and physicality for the position. He plays with confidence and doe well in press, off and zone coverages He versatile as a reliable run defender and blitzer.
Murray hasn't receive much attention on a national level because his stats aren't eye popping, he is highly regarded by Minnesota coaches for his work ethic and competitive drive on and off the field. He also excels on special teams.
FIFTH ROUND: Daryl Worley, CB/West Virginia: Worley has excellent size (6'1" 109) and was voted first-team All-Big 12 as he finished the season ranked sixth nationally with six interceptions and thirteenth nationally with 18 passes defended. Both lead the Big 12 in 2015.
Worley could face questions about his mental ability as he suffered from academic issues late in the fall semester, but the physical talents are there and thus a value in the fifth round.
SIIXTH ROUND: Malcolm Mitchell, WR/Georgia: Mitchell possesses the an intriguing combination of size, agility, speed and ball-skills to be an elite game-changer at the next level, but is a work in progress as a route-runner. He's explosive out of his breaks and is tough to tackle, showing elusiveness and vision along with enough strength to fight through arm tackles and break away for the long score.
Splitting time between so many positions early in his career stunted his growth as a receiver, and most of his production at wideout came off of relatively simple routes in his freshman and sophomore seasons. There are injury concerns but the physical ability and potential make hime worht the risk in the sixth round.
SEVENTH ROUND: Antonio Morrison, LB/Florida: The unquestioned leader and tone-setter for the Gators defense. He is a light athlete (6'1" 229)but can quickly redirect and shows great burst towards the play, He has good balance on the move and the abilty to shed blocks and finish tackles in the open field.
Morrisonkeeps his feet well to work off blocks and displays outstanding awareness to recognize things quickly and react to the play before the ballcarrier can make a move.
He can play too intense at times and must learn to contain his emotions.. A knee injury suffered in bowl game following 2014 season will require significant medical checks, but he worked hard to return to the field in just six months, proving he love the game and is a competitor who is fierce and physical.