Twenty of the top mock drafts were surveyed for this project. In the first part, I'll list the mocks, linking to each, and the player they predicted to become a Tennessee Titan. In the second part, I'll show which player was projected most often for which team. Click on "read more" for the results after the jump.
CBS, Rob Rang - CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
CBS, Dane Brugler - DE Whitney Mercilus, Illinois
CBS, Pat Kirwan - Mercilus
CBS, Pete Prisco - DE Nick Perry, USC
CBS, Clark Judge - Gilmore
CBS, Will Brinson - Gilmore
NFL, Charley Casserly - Gilmore
NFL, Charles Davis - Gilmore
NFL, Albert Breer - DT Michael Brockers, LSU
NFL, Chad Reuter - CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
NFL, Bucky Brooks - Gilmore
NFL, Brian Baldinger - Kirkpatrick
NFL, Steve Wyche - Gilmore
Walter Football - DT Dontari Poe, Memphis
Scott Wright's Draft Countdown - DE Melvin Ingram, South Carolina
Drafttek - Kirkpatrick
Sideline Scouting - Kirkpatrick
SI, Don Banks - Mercilus
SI, Peter King - Mercilus
Optimum Scouting - C Peter Konz, Wisconsin
Gilmore was the consensus pick for the Titans, named in seven of the twenty mocks. Kirkpatrick and Mercilus were each selected in four mocks. Perry, Brockers, Poe, Ingram and Konz were each selected as the Titans' pick in one mock draft.
Next, the consensus picks for the first 19 teams. The number in parentheses indicates the number of mocks which selected that player at that spot.
1. Colts - QB Andrew Luck, Stanford (unanimous, 20/20)
2. Redskins - QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor (unanimous, 20/20)
3. Vikings - T Matt Kalil, USC (18/20)
4. Browns - RB Trent Richardson, Alabama (16/20)
5. Buccaneers - CB Morris Claiborne, LSU (15/20)
6. Rams - WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (14/20)
7. Jaguars - DE Melvin Ingram, South Carolina (10/20)
8. Dolphins - QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M (17/20)
9. Panthers - DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State (10/20)
10. Bills - T Riley Reiff, Iowa (10/20)
11. Chiefs - LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College (8/20)
12. Seahawks - DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina (4/20)
13. Cardinals - T/G Cordy Glenn, Georgia (3/20)*
14. Cowboys - S Mark Barron, Alabama (14/20)
15. Eagles - DT Michael Brockers, LSU (5/20)
16. Jets - LB/DE Courtney Upshaw, Alabama (7/20)
17. Bengals - CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina (5/20)**
18. Chargers - G David DeCastro, Stanford (5/20)
19. Bears - WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame (2/20)***
If this holds true in the actual draft, which it won't, these are some of the players who would still be available for the Titans to select at #20.
DT Dontari Poe, Memphis
CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
WR Kendall Wright, Baylor
DE Nick Perry, USC
DE Whitney Mercilus, Illinois
C Peter Konz, Wisconsin
I'm just including this info to show what some of the possibilities are.
Footnotes to consensus picks:
* Glenn was selected in 3 mocks as the Cardinals pick at #13. Interestingly, 14 of the 20 mocks had an offensive lineman going to Arizona. Reiff was actually selected in 5 mocks, compared to Glenn's 3, but Reiff was also a consensus for the Bills at #10. The other o-linemen projected for the Cardinals were DeCastro, Jonathan Martin and Mike Adams, who were each named in two mocks.
** Gilmore was also a consensus for two teams, at #17 for the Bengals and at #20 for the Titans.
*** In the closest of all the consensus picks, there was a six-way tie at #19 for the Bears. Each of the following players were named in two mocks - Perry, Martin, Kirkpatrick, Poe, Floyd and Wright. I broke the tie by selecting Floyd, since he had the highest average draft position of those six players in the 20 mocks which were surveyed. Floyd's ADP in this survey was 12.5; he was picked as early as #7 for the Jaguars in three different mocks.
One of the things I find interesting about the Titans' first round draft possibilities this year is that there are only four positions that would appear to be off-limits - and I am not sure that has been the case before. The four positions are QB, RB, TE and OT. And if CJ has another season like last year, the RB position will be a distinct possibility in the 2013 draft. And the TE position is off-limits only because there isn't a TE in this draft that has a first round talent. Think about it, if DeCastro (G) is available the Titans could take him. Same with Floyd (WR) and Konz (C). As for Defence, every position is a possibility. Poe, Cox, Brockers and Worthy are all possibilities at DT - and would replace Smith or Marks in the rotation. Similarly, DEs like Mercilus, Perry, Upshaw and Ingram are all potential picks at #20 - and would be in the rotations with Wimbly and Morgan. At LB, Kuechly or Hightower could be the guy - which would push McCarthy to the Will. At CB, Gilmore and Kirkpatrick are possibilities to be the nickleback, and at safety Barron would easily be an upgrade for either Babineaux or Griffin. Best player available has to be the mantra for the Titans at #20 this year.