With their sixth round compensatory pick, #202 overall, the Titans selected Nevada CB Khalid Wooten.
With their fifth-round pick, 142nd overall, in the 2013 NFL draft, the Tennessee Titans selected defensive end Lavar Edwards from LSU.
Edwards is the third LSU defensive end to be selected in this year's draft, after Barkevious Mingo went in the first round to the Browns and Sam Montgomery went in the third round to the Texans. In my seven-round mock, I had Montgomery going here. Edwards has better size even than Montgomery, standing 6'4" and weighing 277 pounds. At LSU, he played both left defensive end and right defensive end, plus some defensive tackle in sub package situations. With his size and excellent (35 1/2") arm length, he probably projects for the Titans as a tweener defensive end, While he had 12.5 sacks in college, he's considered more of a developmental pass rusher. Still, even a rotational defensive end with upside isn't a bad player to find in the fifth round.no comments
Score one for my seven-round mock, as the Tennessee Titans used their fourth round pick, 107th overall, on the player I predicted/wanted them to take, offensive lineman Brian Schwenke from California.
Schwenke is a center prospect with good size at 6'3", 314 pounds, who also has excellent quickness off the snap. He's probably a more versatile player and better scheme fit for the Titans than Travis Frederick, whom the Cowboys took in the first round. He also has experience playing left guard for the Golden Bears
Per Eric Stoner, the Titans apparently spent about 6 hours working him out before the draft. Center is a position that depends a lot on trust, both to snap and to make the line calls, so they seem sold on Schwenke. Pencil him in as your 2014 starting center, though he'll have to improve his lower body strength and overall conditioning (I don't even want to type his body fat percentage at the Combine) to actually take that role.no comments
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.no comments
The third round of the 2013 round began with a run on cornerbacks. Three of the first seven picks were corners and the Titans made it four out of eight with the selection of UConn's Blidi Wreh-Wilson.
As Tom has noted on several recent occasions, the Titans had an urgent need at corner. There were questions about who will be the slot man in coverage and there were only three natural corners on the roster - Jason McCourty, Alterraun Verner and Coty Sensabaugh. Tommie Campbell, who's listed as a fourth corner, remains a project.
Wreh-Wilson is tall (6'1") with long arms (32") and should be best in press coverage. This scouting report twice uses the phrase "short area quickness."
According to Titans Radio's Jonathan Hutton, Mel Kiper ranks him as the sixth best corner in the draft and Mike Detillier has him ranked seventh.no comments
The Titans moved up six positions in the second round, trading their second round pick, the 40th overall, their seventh round pick (216th), and next year's third round pick for the opportunity to select Justin Hunter.
Hunter is an intriguing prospect. He has outstanding physical abilities and tremendous potential but on the downside, he's demonstrated inconsistent hands with numerous drops at inopportune times, as Tennessee Vols fans are all too aware of.
My quick take includes all of the following:
The Titans must have a very high grade on Hunter for them to give so much to trade up just six spots.
The Titans will sink or swim with Jake Locker this year and want to give him another weapon.
The Titans are very worried about Kenny Britt's and/or Nate Washington's ability to contribute this year.
The Titans don't expect Britt or Washington to be with the team next year and are being proactive.
The Titans feel there is a lot of depth and value to be had in the third and fourth round for defensive ends, corners and defensive tackles.
I'm not thrilled by this pick but on the bright side, I suspect the Titans will concentrate on improving their last-ranked defense in the remainder of the draft.no comments
Since I wrote only a brief post last night on Chance Warmack, I thought I'd expand my brief thoughts on him.
The questions I had Thursday going into the draft were would any players be taken other than the top three offensive tackles and the rough top six defensive players in the draft before the Titans had to pick. If there were, then the Titans had, I thought, could add a difference-maker on a side of the ball where they don't really have any. If those top defensive players were gone, though, I thought they might try to trade down and if they had to stay put at #10 would take the top guard.
As the draft fell to them, two much-needed defensive standouts I thought were in that top six, Sharrif Floyd and Star Lotulelei, were still available. The more disconcerting thing to the Titans, though, was that one of the guards, Jonathan Cooper, was still on the board. With that presaging the possibility of a run on offensive linemen, the Titans did the safest, surest thing to fill the clear biggest void on the depth chart, drafting Chance Warmack to fill the right guard spot.
I covered Warmack in some detail when I wrote about the guards before the draft, and I'll provide a more detailed scouting report of Warmack after the draft, as I will of the Titans' other draftees, I said then I think he's a very good prospect, but without re-watching was not prepared to say he was clearly a better prospect than David DeCastro, whom the Titans passed on with the 20th pick last year. He probably is, but it was close in my mind. Lance Zierlein, one of the people whose opinions I trust on offensive linemen, though he was a very good prospect, a guard of the type that normally gets drafted in the first round, but particularly did not seem to love his feet. He's a much better mover than Larry Warford, but is still much more of a power guard than a guard for a team that's planning to run pure zone.
With the right guard need filled, the Titans will likely look to the defensive side of the ball on day two, as they did last year. There are a number of good corners still available, the run on safeties has yet to really begin in earnest, and while they're not as good as the ones who went yesterday, there are defensive linemen available today as well. Right now the Titans are probably hoping teams start to attack the quarterback group between 33 and their first pick tonight at 40. Will it finally happen, or will players like Geno Smith, Ryan Nassib, Matt Barkley and the like have to wait even longer, leaving fewer players they're likely interested in available for the Titans?no comments