Tennessee Titans Address Needs, Still Have Holes

Oct 29, 2011; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive tackle Mike Martin (68) receives congratulations from defensive back Blake Countess (18) after Martin sacked Purdue Boilermakers quarterback Robert Marve (not pictured) in the second quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

The Tennessee Titans had a pretty successful 2012 NFL Draft, adding players such as Baylors’ WR Kendall Wright, Michigan’s run-stopping DT Mike Martin,  and the speedster OLB Zach Brown from North Carolina. They still left some area’s of need unaddressed.

One of the Titans biggest needs headed into the draft was OL. They brought in Steve Hutchinson to help out with the line but he’s an aging veteran with limited time left. They also brought in some of the top centers in free agency but failed to sign any of them.

During the draft the Titans had the chance to draft two of the top lineman in the draft in Stanford’s guard David DeCastro and Wisconsin’s center Peter Konz. Obviously, they passed on both.

At the 20th pick the Titans had their shot at DeCastro and opted to go with the speedy playmaker receiver Kendall Wright instead. I understood this and accepted it. At the 52nd pick they had a shot at Konz and once again decided to go another route, choosing North Carolina’s OLB Zach Brown.

This is the one is the one that bothers me. Though I understand the Titans going OLB, I think choosing Konz would have been the better pick and fit the larger need. The Titans offensive line is aging and was a major disappointment this past season when it came to run blocking. Giving Jake Locker Peter Konz would have been setting up the Titans for an epic pairing similar to Peyton Manning and Jeff Saturday.

Instead the Titans are pushing forward with a line that may look very similar to that of last years, plus Hutchinson. That’s a bit of a disappointment.

Hopefully the Titans have some sort of plans up their sleeve, whether it’s moving Amano to back to guard and Harris back to center or moving Velasco in to the lineup. Either way, something needs to happen at the center position, sooner rather than later.

 

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Topics: 2012 NFL Draft, David DeCastro, NFL, Peter Konz, Tennessee Titans

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  • Drake

    Free Agency, my friend.

  • skipp28

    @titansbuzztap no kidding!!!!

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  • David Matthew Melville

    On one hand you like the players they took especially the first three but addressed none of the of the O line and not a lot of help on pass rushing or any defensive ends. I think about this for a second we could have Jones and Konz and boom instant fix in a lot of areas. I don’t really begrudge the Wright pick as much I do bypassing Konz in the second round. I sure hope they know what they are doing because if Konz turns into an all pro center and any of the ends they passed up turns into JPP it will hardly matter what Wright will do if CJ can’t break free of the line or our corners are being burned because no one can pressure the QB. I just really wish we could see the grades they had on these players versus the NFL average. What are they seeing the rest of us are not?

  • rickyandmaria20

    You guys might think im crazy but i believe i figured it out. The whole plan all along is Kevin Matthews, Bruce Matthews son. I expect either Amato to either become a target of cuts by Titans in the preseason or take a pay cut and a back up role. If this is not there decision or plan than the heck if I know. But I think the whole plan for the last year is for father to teach son. I think this one of the reasons Bruce came here. I also think they have been preparing him this whole year:)

  • seagle1

    My only argument is that they obviously felt there was someone else better on their board. Looking back on it, Konz was an injury machine in college and traditionally the Titans have undervalued the center position. In the past 15 years they have only gotten two really good centers and both came via free agency(mark stepnowski, and Kevin mawae….which I think they cut two seasons too soon) I can’t fault them for following their board. It may turn out that withe addition of Hutch our line plays much better. I hope anyway!!!

  • seagle1

    Of course Bruce played some center…..but he is a simple badass….prolly makes the best cup of coffee anyone could ever have also!!!!