In the last couple of years during the timeframe prior to the NFL Draft, Tennessee Titans' General Manager Mike Reinfeldt has displayed a tendency of dropping subtle hints in regards to the franchise's draft-day plans.
Based on recent history, I've come to the conclusion that if you're looking for what possible direction the Titans will be venturing towards on draft-day, it would be wise to pay close attention to what Reinfeldt has to say regarding the matter.
Let's flashback to 2008, shall we? Heading into that offseason, securing the services of a playmaker was thought to be high on everyone's list. The majority of us believed that the playmaker we all coveted would arrive in the form of a talented young WR.
In March of that year, Mike Reinfeldt suggested that the team would be looking for a playmaker, but to the surprise of many, this difference-maker could perhaps come in the form of a third-down type back capable of excelling on draws and screens.
Of course, the outcome of this story is well-documented, with former Titan great/turned radio guy Frank Wycheck suggesting that a speedy RB would be the team's first-round pick and several weeks later, that proclamation becoming a reality with the selection of Chris Johnson in April '08.
Last year, Reinfeldt was a little more vague, but his words would eventually become a reality for the Titans' decision-making process on draft day. He implied that the team was in search of a difference-maker in the first round, someone who could come in and make an immediate impact.
That difference-maker turned out to be WR Kenny Britt, a physical specimen who appears to has the potential to become a pretty darn good receiver in the NFL moving forward.
In 2010, it's a universal belief that improving the Titans' defense will be the first and foremost objective for Reinfeldt in April. In a recent article in The Tennessean, Reinfeldt reiterates that widely-held belief by suggesting that the strength of the draft lies on the defensive side of the football. He specifically mentions the talent at the defensive line positions while also pointing out the quality of depth at cornerback.
Based on those thoughts and Mike's recent history of dropping hints, don't be surprised if the Titans go with a DE/DT in the first round, with a corner emerging as a possibility in the 3rd round.
What do you guys think? Will Mike's thoughts become a draft-day reality once again, or will the Titans go the unconventional route by venturing in another direction in April's draft?