Sep 19, 2009; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Scott Tolzien (16) under center offensive lineman Peter Konz (66) during the game against the Wofford Terriers at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin defeated Wofford 44-14. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Center of Attention

The offseason has officially started for every team in the NFL, and with that the discussions have flared up about whom their team should take in round one of the NFL Draft. As a Titans fan, I see the huge need for a defensive playmaker, but I think there is a bigger hole that should be addressed first, interior line.

Yes, I am that guy, but before you stop reading this article let me explain myself. I think the Titans needs, from greatest to least are OG, DE, C, S, OLB, WR. With a strong center, Amano can move back to guard where he was serviceable and we can grab another guard later to kick Harris out at LG. The DE class is deep for pure pass rushers and don’t forget we should get a boost from new “pass rush coach” Keith Millard has shown a strong interest in trying to get Akeem Ayers included in the pass rush this season. However, outside of Peter Konz there are no elite or even high quality centers in this year’s draft

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With a fortified OL the Titans can play a more balanced type of football, which plays to our strength. If Chris Johnson has bigger holes to run through, that will open the play action game. If the play action game becomes a factor then one way for a defense to stop that is to bring a nickel package on the field. That would create a huge mismatch if the Titans decide to bring Cook and Stevens out, because they are both too big for that NB to cover one on one.

In the end, getting Peter Konz in the first round kills two birds with one stone. The Titans get a new center and a familiar face back at guard. A defensive end would be nice, but with the pass rushing coach that the front office brought in it may not be as big of a need as fans think. That combined with 6 defensive rookies in their first full offseason (Klug, Casey, Clayton, Ayers, McCarthy, and McCarthy) should make our defense better than it was last year in every facet.

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Tags: 2012 NFL Draft Eugene Amano Peter Konz Tennessee Titans

  • http://www.justinlstewart.com/ jstitansized

    I’m with ya, I’m just not sure the front office is…

  • albertogonzalez

    I hope we grab a veteran center in free agency, we need a veteran presence to make the calls for the O-Line. Amano is just not good at reading defenses. Jeff Saturday could be the short term answer while a young center develops.

  • Walker Thomas

    I know Konz is your guy, but to say he’s the only center worth having is a bit of a reach. Turn on film of Alabama games this year and watch Vlachos. It can be argued he was made to look better by Richardson, but the same could be said of Konz with Montee Ball. Konz is good no doubt, but I think they can get a very good player in Vlachos later in the draft and get a playmaker early.

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    I didn’t even write this article

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    Matt Miller (NFLDraftScout) is pretty low on this years draft depth at center. Outside of Konz, he doesn’t see a lot of great prospects, but that’s just one scout’s opinion.

  • Walker Thomas

    Fair enough.

  • bkellyusa

    there are 2 good free agent centers out there scott well with bowling green and hardwood san diego either 1 of them

  • bkellyusa

    there are 2 good free agent centers available as free agents. Scott wells with the green bay packers and hardwick with the

  • jlomas72

    @bkellyusa Myers from Houston is also good, and if we get one of them I will be surprised and will re-order my draft needs

  • jlomas72

    Walker Thomas: Vlachos is too small, and not strong enough to play in the NFL in my opinion. I just don’t like his film. I could be wrong, but I just don’t think he would be that much better than Amano.