The Tennessee Titans have been associated with CB’s in quite a few mock drafts. Some have them taking a CB with their first round pick while others have them picking up one later in the draft. My question is, do the Titans really need to add a CB?
I think people are forgetting the depth that we already have at that position. Even with the loss of Corland Finnegan, the Titans would have Jason McCourty, Alterraun Verner, Ryan Mouton, Chris Hawkins, and Tommie Campbell. That’s five. Verner and McCourty would obviously be the starting corners and I think Mouton and Hawkins could battle it out for the third spot and perhaps be in a rotation with each other and Campbell.
Hawkins is a young guy who showed his worth this last year in a game against the New Orleans Saints in which he started in the place of an injured McCourty. Hawkins didn’t blow the socks of anyone but he was able to hold his ground against one of the most potent passing offenses in the league lead by Drew Brees, who broke Dan Marino’s single season passing record during the 2011 season.
Mouton hasn’t ever impressed me, though I can’t say I don’t have a little bias from left over anger over watching him botch punt returns his rookie season. He’s still a young guy who could mature into a player that could be of some rotational value to the Titans.
Campbell obviously is the most exciting of the lower three cornerbacks. He may very well be the fastest Titan on the roster and showed it during a trick kick return that he took to the house during the 2011 season. Though Campbell has some learning and maturing to do, he has the potential to be a star in this league.
With that kind of depth at the position, I think picks could be spent at positions of greater need, such as DE, S, and OLB. It’s starting to look like the Titans will lose a couple DE’s due to free agency and adding a fresh young batch of young guys certainly couldn’t hurt. Witherspoon’s clock is also ticking and the Titans could look for a replacement for him later in the draft, someone they can groom behind him for a year. There’s also the obvious lack of depth at the safety position which will have to be addressed.
So I ask again, do the Titans really need to spend a pick on a CB in the upcoming draft? I don’t think so.
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