#7 - Execute a Quality Draft

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1. Blaine Gabbert – QB (Missouri)

In previous versions of mock drafts around the internet, Gabbert was a common choice expected of the Titans.  But after Gabbert’s pro day and an impressive campaign by his representation, Gabbert is projected to potentially be the first pick overall by the Carolina Panthers.  If he is available (doubtful), the Titans should have their card turned in before going on the clock.

Bleacher Report

1. Nick Fairley – DT (Auburn)
2. Christian Ponder – QB (Florida State)
3. Quan Sturdivant – LB (North Carolina)

Predicting the draft is like predicting the Final Four in the NCAA tournament, still Bleacher Report is one of the few sources revealing full draft predictions.  Fairley is a recurring pick despite March revisions scattering the field.  Ponder is a steal in the 2nd round and it is difficult to see the Titans not going defensive line and quarterback with their opening picks.

Music City Miracles

1. Da’Quan Bowers – DE (Clemson)
2. Marvin Austin – DT (UNC)

This mock draft started long ago, but recent developments could once again leave Bowers in the Titan’s reach with the 8th pick overall.  Austin in the second round is a scary prediction, because the Titans will probably not find a franchise quarterback in later rounds.  If this scenario plays out in real life, waiting for the next franchise quarterback may not be too bad?

Mel Kiper (ESPN)

1. Da’Quan Bowers – DE (Clemson)

Kiper’s only hesitation is the condition of Bower’s knee, a temporary condition that could land the Titans the best pass rusher in the draft at a discounted 8th pick overall.  This is both exciting and unnerving.  The Titans already have another young and dynamic first-rounder at the defensive end position, who could not stay healthy last season.  Boom or bust?

Todd McShay (ESPN)

1. Nick Fairley – DT (Auburn)

McShay’s warnings that Fairley might be another Vince Young, Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones, or most accurate Albert Haynesworth are alarming.  The Titans need to strongly consider motivation and character when choosing a first round pick.  Players like Cortland Finnegan, Marc Mariani, and Alterraun Verner demonstrate how choosing wisely pays off in any round.

Don Banks (Sports Illustrated)

1. Nick Fairley – DT (Auburn)

Banks believes the Titans will jump at the chance to draft a player of Fairley’s caliber this low in the first round.  Again, it is worth noting that Fairley lacks discipline, work ethic, and a lengthy resume to ease fears that will be another first round flame out.  A solid track record can be built with hard work, but character is a daily choice powered by personal accountability.

All mock drafts point to the Titans choosing defensive line, quarterback, linebacker, and defensive back.  Since these are all areas of need the Titans would do well to choose wisely and build towards the future.  Project players should not scare the front office or coaching staff and no rock should be left unturned.

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