It’s been almost one week since I completed my previous Tennessee Titans 2013 NFL mock draft. During that time, the Titans signed safety Bernard Pollard and defensive tackle Ropati Pitoitua. Furthermore, the Titans were rewarded with three compensatory picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, one of which comes at pick 97.
How does this change my mock draft? Not only are three more picks needed, but D.J. Swearinger becomes less likely of an option. The Titans have already signed two veteran safeties (George Wilson and Bernard Pollard) and they have an untested commodity with Markelle Martin. Swearinger has fallen off the draft board.
Here’s a Tennessee Titans 2013 NFL mock draft with each of the compensatory picks. I’ll be doing one mock draft for each week heading into the draft (Apr. 25-27). Look for some unique spins on the next two, maybe three.
Mar. 25: Compensatory 1
Apr. 1: All Offense
Apr. 8: All Defense
Apr. 15: To Be Determined
Apr. 22-24: Final Exams
Round 1 (Pick 10): Chance Warmack, OG, University of Alabama
It all begins in the trenches. The Titans fixed one-half of their guard tandem with Andy Levitre. Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper can fix the other half.
Backup Plans: OG Jonathan Cooper, Cornerback
Round 2 (Pick 40): Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech University
Nashville native Quinton Patton will probably workout for the Titans before draft day. Although the ruckus involving Nate Washington has died down, one has to think that the Titans would strongly consider Patton if he’s available at No. 40.
Backup Plans: CB Robert Alford, DE Cornellius Carradine
Round 3 (Pick 70): Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana University
In my previous mock draft, I had Robert Alford chosen with pick 40. If the Titans want him, they may have to use that pick or trade back into the second round. Since they have an extra third-round pick from compensatory offerings (No. 97 is non-tradable), the Titans have more flexibility to package No. 70 and No. 107 in an attempt to move up.
If Alford is taken before No. 70? Jordan Poyer, Leon McFadden or even Nigel Malone (round four) are respectable options.
Backup Plans: CB Jordan Poyer, CB Leon McFadden, WR Stedman Bailey
Round 3 (Pick 97, Compensatory): Jon Bostic, LB, University of Florida
Not only does Jon Bostic add needed depth at linebacker, but he could challenge Colin McCarthy for his starting job. McCarthy must stay healthy in 2013.
Backup Plans: DE Cameron Meredith, CB Nigel Malone
Round 4 (Pick 107): Cameron Meredith, DE, University of Nebraska
If the Titans don’t re-sign Jarius Wynn, then Cameron Meredith is a rotational player who could excel on run-downs.
Round 5 (Pick 142): Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt University
Good value for a fifth-round pick. Zac Stacy gives Vanderbilt locals something to cheer about. Downside with him has been health. Stacy could serve as a fine rotational back and complementary piece behind Chris Johnson.
Round 6 (Pick 202, Compensatory): Michael Mauti, LB, Penn State University
Injuries will keep Michael Mauti from becoming a Day 2 pick. He’s worth the risk of a compensatory sixth-rounder, although there’s a good chance he’s taken a little earlier than this.
Round 7 (Pick 216): Miguel Maysonet, RB, Stony Brook University
Give Jamie Harper some more competition for the No. 3 spot. Good for the practice squad. Another candidate is “Mighty Mouse” Robbie Rouse.
Round 7 (Pick 248, Compensatory): Elvis Fisher, OT, University of Missouri
Despite the do-or-die situation, I think the Titans will draft one developmental offensive lineman with their lower picks. Maybe an offensive tackle like Elvis Fisher, Alex Hurst or Tanner Hawkinson (Kansas).