I've done a redraft for the Titans with the following rules - each pick must be different from the Titans picks, no matter how much I may have liked one or more of them, and each pick must be someone who was actually available at that spot - I wasn't allowed to trade with the assumption that another team would be a willing trade partner.
I did execute the same trade the Titans did in the seventh round, since that trade actually did occur. I did not choose to make the same trade the Titans did to move up in the fifth round, electing instead to stay put and to keep the pick which the Titans dealt.
Round 1, #20
Titans pick: WR Kendall Wright
My pick: G David DeCastro (drafted at #24 by Steelers)
DeCastro was the highest ranked guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson and he could become a perennial All-Pro.
Round 2, #52
Titans pick: LB Zach Brown
My pick: C Peter Konz (#55, Falcons)
I don't believe Konz will ever be one of the best centers in the league, but he could be good enough to be a longtime starter. He, DeCastro, Michael Roos and David Stewart could give the Titans the best line in the league for years to come (I don't expect Hutchinson to play that much longer, so the Titans will need to replace him in the next year or two.)
Round 3, #82
Titans pick: DT Mike Martin
My pick: LB Sean Spence (#86, Steelers)
Spence could give the Titans most of what they believe they'll get from Brown. He's fast, athletic and good in coverage.
Round 4, #115
Titans pick: CB Coty Sensabaugh
My pick: DT Josh Chapman (#136, Colts)
Indy was fortunate that Chapman fell to them but he didn't get past me in this redraft. He's got Shaun Smith's big body and could give the Titans what they wanted from Smith but didn't get.
Round 5, #145 (traded up from #155)
Titans pick: TE Taylor Thompson
My pick: FS George Iloka (#167, Bengals)
I took Iloka at #155, without trading up. He was the top FS on some draft boards, which says something about this year's draft class at the position.
Round 6, #190
Titans pick: S Markelle Martin
My pick: SS Charles Mitchell (#192, Falcons)
A converted corner who is physical and is a big hitter. Mitchell and Iloka could conceivably give the Titans the best depth they've ever had at safety and one of them would have a strong chance of starting next year if Michael Griffin will be gone.
Round 7, #211 (traded up with 2013 sixth-round pick)
Titans pick: DE Scott Solomon
My pick: DE Cam Johnson (#237, 49ers)
For some reason, Johnson is still here despite being ranked as a third or fourth round prospect by many draft sites. Johnson's strong suit is rushing the passer, something the Titans said was a priority for them.
Round 7, #227
Titans pick: traded to Dolphins to move up in fifth round
My pick: CB Trevin Wade (#245, Browns)
He's been inconsistent, which is why he fell so far. A great sophomore season, poor junior season and average senior year. He does have the tools, so worth taking a chance on here.
What do you think? Who would you take for the Titans in your redraft?
i feel so bad that the titans didn't get any compensation picks as they would surely have taken an offensive linemen then, but for now i guess we hope william vlachos or another free agent is good enough to start and wait till the next draft or trade.
yessirree, it sure will be. I'm looking forward to it with the hopes that the guys the Titans drafted turn out very well. There is no doubt a few of the guys I took in this redraft will excel elsewhere in the league; hopefully the Titans decisions not to draft them won't end up biting them in the butt.
I trust the Titans on their picks. I believe people put way too much stock into mock drafts and the banter of so called draft "experts" like Kyper and McShay. If these guys were really as good as they make themselves out to be, they would be a GM not some tv draft honk. The FO knows what its needs are, and the FO adresses them. Honestly, taking to OL in the 1st 2 rounds? that would be very wasteful. Titans have good O-linemen that were not taken so high, Roos, Stewart. This type of critisizm happens after every draft and by years end, most who reply are eating their words. We need to remember, these writeups are the opinion of some writer/fan, not a credible NFL FO employee.
Thanks, soulfly. I agree with you 100% about mock drafts, Kiper and McShay, but what was your point as it regards this article? This article had nothing to do with mocks, Kiper, McShay, or any other analysts.
Regarding the o-line, there are GMs who would disagree with you about taking two o-linemen in the first two rounds. The Jets proved that isn't a wasteful practice when they drafted Ferguson and Mangold with their first two picks, both in the first round, and the Jets went from having one of the worst to one of the best lines in the league. I can promise you the Jets didn't have a great running game because of Thomas Jones or any of their other backs, it was because of their line.
I've got an article on taking DeCastro and Konz 1-2 in the works, so stay tuned.
FYI, Roos was a second round pick, not someone who was not taken high. Also FYI, I don't blindly trust any front office to always make the best decisions, do you? Reese's 2003 draft and Reinfeldt's 2007 draft are proof that even the FO of our favorite team can screw up. Not to mention some other Titans drafts.
Thanks again for reading and taking the time to comment. I appreciate it and hope you'll continue to read and share your thoughts with us here on Total Titans.
I far prefer your picks in Rds 1,2 and 5.
If we don't get production out of Wright & Jones when DeCastro & Konz are starting this fall, it isn't going to be pretty. Increase that by a factor of 10 if the running game is as anemic as last year.
Thanks, Duane, and I believe you are right, it may not be pretty.
I hope the tests on your heart turn out OK and you'll be back at it soon. Get well, bro.
@duane_allman You are exactly right...I was sick when decastro's name did not come out...i did not see how the Titans could not have chosen him...then when they didn't take him I was sure they would take Konz...wrong again...Hopefully it plays out well for the Titans...