November 3, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) is sacked by Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Dee Milliner (28) during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Mock Draft: The Tennessee Titans Select.... released their weekly 2013 NFL mock draft and they’ve got a new pick for the Tennessee Titans this time:

While some say the Titans need to add a CB high, I’m am not of that opinion. I love Verner and McCourty, and despite it not being an awesome year for them, the defense was a bit of a mess anyways. The shuffling at the safety position and lack of a truly reliable safety, everybody suffered.

In this weeks draft, my favorite DE Bjoern Werner is already off the board, having been picked by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 2nd overall pick. That being said, MLB Manti Te’o is still on the board and doesn’t go until the Pittsburgh Steelers take him at 17. Plenty of people are starting to have him drop down their boards, but the reason hasn’t exactly been clear. He’s a big leader on the field, and if you couldn’t tell from the fact that he was in the running for the Heisman, he’s a pretty good player.

Whatever his flaw may be that’s causing this drop, it’s probably being over exaggerated. It’s the season of mock drafts galore and we’ll be seeing all sorts of players going up and down on boards. Add the combine to the mix, and things change pretty fast.

But back to the pick at hand… I’m not a fan of it. If the Titans were sitting at 10 with they way things are on the board, I’d be okay with trading back or with taking Te’o. Adding a CB when there are plenty of other positions needing addressing.

114 days until the draft.


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  • Jason Peters

    I like Teo with our pick if he’s available. I love McCarthy, but we can’t be certain he can stay healthy, and he seems versatile enough to move around in the middle of the field if he need to.

  • PastyRasta

    The Titans need help seemingly at every position with the exception of WR & LT. They could definitely use a shutdown corner, IMO Verner would be a great nickelback but is a below average NFL starting CB, and was consistently abused by opposing QB’s & WR’s. Obviously OL is a huge need and if Jake Matthews is on the board I have a hard time seeing the Titans pass on him & judging by the Matthews family pedigree they could slot him at RT for the next 15 years. I agree about Te’o, to me he’s a Ray Lewis type talent/leader who comes along once every 10 years and would shore up the middle of the Titans D. McCarthy is very productive but he is also very injury prone, even going back to his days at “The U” combined with Akeem Ayers and Zach Brown who looks like a future pro bowler, Te’o would give the Titans as good of a young LB corps as there is in the league. Another thought would be switching to a 3-4 defense, if McCarthy is healthy. The D-Line lacks depth and obviously Te’o would give the Titans a glut of LB so it’s a thought, maybe not a good one but it’s not like the D could be any worse. I would also like to see them move Tommie Campbell to Safety. He’s got great size and speed and given playing time in week 17 he was very productive. If they do draft Milliner they could improve 3 glaring weaknesses by moving Campbell to safety, putting Verner in the nickle and adding the top CB in the draft. Then the Titans could address either the D or O line in the 2nd round as 12 of ESPN’s top 40 prospects are D lineman and 8 are O lineman, so with 20 of the top 40 prospects being D or O lineman there should be good value with the Titans 2nd pick. IMO Te’o is the guy his talent combined with his work ethic and leadership give the Titans an anchor in the middle of their D who would make everyone around him better something they desperately need. Just watch the film from the J’ville game week 17 and look at all of the missed tackles as proof that they need all the help they can get in that regard. If Te’o is gone then I’d be fine with either Matthews or Milliner both address positions that need help and with David Stewart counting $7 million towards the cap next year plus a $6.4 million player option in 2014 “Big Country” could get the axe, unless Jake is like his dad and could play guard until Stewart’s contract is up…again just an idea but I’d be happy with Te’o, Matthews, or Milliner & you can’t tell me Tommie Campbell wouldn’t be a better alternative at Safety than Al Afalava no offense but he is not a starting NFL Safety he’s a special teams player and I think the same can be said for Robert Johnson and Jordan Babineaux…whatever happened to the good ole days of Bubba McDowell or Blaine Bishop “laying wood’ in the secondary, playing the run and making WR’s get alligator arms as they came across the middle???

    • Justin Stewart

      Whew! That’s a lot to read.

      As for Stewart, I don’t
      think that they should be worried about his contract numbers when
      considering how much the Titans were under this last season and the new spending measures agreed upon.

  • PastyRasta

    Yeah sorry I get going on the Titans and the draft and I start rambling, and went on a few tangents that have nothing to do with the draft. They have so many needs I would just like to see them add someone with speed who is physical, the D was way too soft last year. Keep up the good work.

    • Justin Stewart

      Ha ha. It happens. I think we’re all hoping for a hard hitter, especially at safety.

      And thanks!

  • PastyRasta

    What do you think about moving Tommie Campbell to safety? He’s definitely athletic enough but still very raw football experience wise…he couldn’t be any worse than who they used at SS this year right?

    • Justin Stewart

      I’d brought it up this past offseason, but they didn’t do it then and it’s getting late in the game (and everyone’s contracts) to be experimenting much with it. The Titans need a safety they know is going to deliver. They have to get somebody via free agency or the draft that they are sure will bring some quality play.

  • Myles MacDonald

    I’d rather go Montgomery- you can never have too many top tier pass rushers and Morgan’s contract ends next year. Better to draft someone now than run the risk of losing him and having to draft someone inferior next year. Montgomery is a top flight DE, and is about an equivalent prospect; he also plays the more balanced run/pass End position that we’d need to fill if we lost Morgan.