After covering what the Titans might to at each position on offense in yesterday's post, it's time to turn my attention to the defensive side of the ball.
Before I launch into the position by position portion of this post, I want to stress two things I noted yesterday. First, this is a mini-evaluation of each position from the perspective of what the Titans might do in the draft, rather than an updated evaluation of each position. I did one of those after the main wave of free agency pass, so check that out if that's what you're looking for.
Second, the Titans currently have nine picks in the draft. They had seven last year. I try to take this pretty seriously, which means my probabilities add up to how many players I think the Titans draft. My initial cut by position came in with the Titans drafting six players, so I went through and upped my predictions to where my cumulative probabilities add up to almost eight. I think there's a real possibility the Titans trade up and don't end up actually drafting nine players. If they do end up drafting nine players, keep in mind they have multiple seventh round picks, and the seventh round is sometimes as much or more about getting a player you may not be able to sign as a UDFA as getting a guy you really like.
That out of the way, on with the show.
Need at position: Low to moderate or moderate to high
Analysis: Like wide receiver, defensive end is a position where the Titans could feel anywhere from they're relatively set at the position or they have a major long-term need. Kamerion Wimbley did not really live up to the big money contract he signed last year, quality depth in 2012 was minimal, and Derrick Morgan has one year where he's looked good. On the other hand, depth is better, Wimbley should be better in his second season and playing fewer snaps, and a fully-healthy Morgan has shown he can be a star. I think the Titans are interested in at least another rotational player and could be interested in the right featured player. More than any other position, defensive one was one I adjusted upward when I changed my probabilities.
Draft probability: 85%
Players they might target: Bjoern Werner (1st), Barkevious Mingo (1st, but admittedly a player I like more than I think they do), Margus Hunt (2nd), and Sam Montgomery (4th) are the names that stand out to me.