There are good teams, there are bad teams, and there are the Tennessee Titans, seemingly stuck in a cycle of mediocrity. If they want to break out of that middle-of-the-pack pattern, they’ll need to be on their game in this year’s NFL Draft. They definitely have some talent on the roster, and made some free agency moves, but an infusion of young talent will be important going forward.
Who Should They Pick?: The Titans could use a pass rusher, and Anthony Barr is on the board. Barr is a raw prospect, having only played a limited amount of time on defense, but his size and quickness is impressive. He’ll be limited early on, but the sky is the limit.
Who Will They Pick?: Barr makes too much sense here to pass on. The team needs more pass rushing help, and the former UCLA Bruin fits right in. He likely starts as a situational player, but if he can improve in the run game and in coverage, he’ll find himself playing more.
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Backup Plan: If the team considers Barr to be a reach here, they could address the inside linebacker position and take CJ Mosley. He’s a smart, athletic player who isn’t flashy, but is solid and does everything well.
Darkhorse: The Titans signed Michael Oher this offseason, but they could choose to find a long-term answer there, and if so, Taylor Lewan makes a lot of sense. He plays with a mean streak and could play on either side of the offensive line.
Trade?: A trade up doesn’t make much sense for Tennessee, and a trade down would depend on a team really liking a player that falls a little bit, like Johnny Manziel or Derek Carr.