The Tennessee Titans closed out the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft using their third round compensatory pick, the 97th overall, on Missouri OLB Zaviar Gooden.
I don't get this pick. Gooden has prototypical Will size at 6'1" 234 pounds. Fast guy, good in coverage, sounds a lot like Zach Brown, whom they drafted in the second round just a year ago.
Could the Titans be planning to use Gooden a whole lot in nickel? Maybe use Brown and Gooden as nickel LBs with Akeem Ayers rushing the passer? If not, they just invested a high pick on a special teams player. The Titans have much bigger needs at other positions and I'm not sold on this pick yet.
Another pick that is a bit of a head scratcher. The Titans have zero depth at DE, yet take a LB that mimics the skill set of another LB that is already on the roster. We will see what happens in the 4th round today, but I think you might be right, the Titans may end up using Ayers more with his hand in the dirt. Let's hope Okafor is still there at 107.