(I answered “Maybe. Get Starting-Caliber MLB, Mid-Round Pick.” Here’s the 4/17 fan poll.)
Injuries have played a significant role in the football career of Tennessee Titans middle linebacker Colin McCarthy. Although McCarthy had the talent to become a second-round pick, his draft stock plummeted after he finished his college career with three shoulder surgeries.
The Titans took a chance on him with a fourth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. After McCarthy played well enough to break into the starting lineup during his rookie season, he suffered an ankle injury and concussion that affected his playing ability in 2012. He’s well on his way to return from that ankle injury.
It doesn’t appear like Titans fans are concerned. Out of 143 votes, only 14 people chose a “no” answer. 29 voters (20 percent) were confident enough to claim that they weren’t at all concerned with how McCarthy will hold up in 2013—they’re certain that he’ll remain healthy.
One surprise from these results came with the “no” answers. More people preferred that the Titans move Zach Brown to middle linebacker then use a high pick on one of the middle linebackers in the 2013 NFL Draft. Apparently, they’re not fans of Alec Ogletree, Arthur Brown, Kevin Minter or Manti Te’o. That, or they’d prefer to use picks No. 10 and No. 40 on other positions.
Management has shown interest in adding to their linebacker depth. According to Jim Wyatt from The Tennessean, the Titans had scheduled a pre-draft visit with University of Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso. Alonso is projected as a third-round pick. For the Titans, Alonso is a possibility with picks No. 70 and No. 97.
With nine picks, the Titans will have ample opportunities to address that depth. This defense plays better when they have a quality—and healthy—linebacker anchoring the middle of the defense. Moise Fokou isn’t enough depth behind Colin McCarthy and the outside linebackers.