In the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, I believe it would be prudent for the Tennessee Titans to invest their 10th overall pick in Alabama guard Chance Warmack. What do the Titans do in the next two rounds?
In no particular order, in the 2nd and 3rd rounds the Titans should look to boost their offensive line depth and defensive playmaking ability. Here are two players the Titans should target:
Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
Jones has been a stud ever since he stepped on the Alabama campus. For the past three years, Jones has been a top offensive lineman in college football. What makes him appealing is that he is versatile. He has played—and succeeded—at every position on the offensive line.
The Titans have made a commitment to upgrading the offensive line with the addition of G Andy Levitre. They have also improved their depth on the line with the signings of OL Rob Turner and OL Chris Spencer. Drafting Jones would add to the depth across the line. Also, down the line, he could develop into a starter and replace either of the Titans current tackles. Michael Roos and David Stewart are both over the age of 30. And if Fernando Velasco struggles, Jones could be a possible replacement at Center.
Tyrann Mathieu, DB, LSU
Another player the Titans should target is DB Tyrann Mathieu. The former Heisman candidate is a playmaker. He is physical, has above-average ball skills and has the ability to strip the ball loose or make an interception. He does, however, come with some baggage. With the path he appears to be on, and the amount of talent he has, this pick is worth the risk. He would add a “swagger” and attitude to the defense that new coach Gregg Williams loves and that the Titans defense desperately needs.
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