November 17, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd (73) points against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida Gators defeated the Jacksonville State Gamecocks 23-0. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Titans: 2013 NFL Mock Draft Analysis, National Football Post


As Tennessee Titans enthusiasts, I’m sure you’re aware of the love affair between the fan base and Alabama offensive guard Chance Warmack. Many fans are hoping that Warmack makes it to the No. 10 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. They’d love to add Warmack to an offensive line that already includes Andy Levitre at the other guard position.

But what if Warmack isn’t available at No. 10? What will the Titans do?

For the last week, 29 team websites across the FanSided Network helped put together a complete first-round, 32-pick mock draft. Each team website featured a contributor who had a distinct knowledge of his or her team. That created the opportunity for a mock draft where each pick was presented from people who had a deep understanding of the team they covered.

Serving as general manager of the Tennessee Titans, I found myself facing a draft board that didn’t include Warmack. Some available players were OG Jonathan Cooper, DT Sharrif Floyd, S Kenny Vaccaro and DE Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah. Floyd dropped down the draft board after the Oakland Raiders drafted Star Lotulelei at No. 3.

This mock draft analysis has been posted on National Football Post. For each of the selections, Russ Lande has offered his observation. Here was a snippet from what I offered as the Titans representative and the ensuing feedback from Lande:

 

Joshua Huffman: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

With Chance Warmack gone at No. 8, the Titans could still fix their most pressing need by selecting North Carolina offensive guard Jonathan Cooper. But can Tennessee pass on a defensive lineman who is as talented as Sharrif Floyd? Even with two solid starters (Jurrell Casey, Mike Martin) and serviceable depth (Sammie Lee Hill, Karl Klug, Ropati Pitoitua), the Titans could use BPA on the defensive line.

 

Russ Lande:

Since losing Albert Haynesworth a few seasons ago, the Tennessee defense has not been the same as they have lacked a dominant interior force along the defensive line.  Floyd would give the Titans a quick-off-the-ball defensive tackle who could shoot gaps and blow up plays behind the line of scrimmage. He would immediately upgrade their defensive attack.

 

To view the complete first-round, 32-pick mock draft and all observations from Russ Lande, visit the National Football Post at this link.

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  • Shawn Eagle

    I just dont see them going dt first….not with Casey and Martin….startin to lean towards Ziggy.

    • http://twitter.com/Armchair_Psycho Joshua Huffman

      I think it depends on how much they feel Ziggy will contribute in 2013. He’s a project… but if he can find a niche and get quality playing time with Wimbley and Morgan in his first year, they definitely need depth behind those two. No way Dawson and Solomon are the top two DE reserves.

    • josh gunnels

      That’s why i’m thinking corner. The DEs have too much risk at the top this year. Rhodes or Milliner could start day one in the nickel at a minimum.

      • Shawn Eagle

        Man….just thinking about Milliner a.) five surgeries already b.) coming for Bama-where they don’t teach or work on technique with CBs scares me….I know he’s highest rated but he scares me

        • josh gunnels

          I too am nervous about Milliner, but kind of rolling with consensus on that one. I wouldn’t be upset at all if they took Xavier Rhodes even with Milliner still there.

          I’m more worried about Milliner benefiting from the amazing D-line and others around him as well. what’s he going to do when he lines up across from Andre Johnson twice a year???

      • Shawn Eagle

        So could vaccaro…better in run support also

    • josh gunnels

      even with casey and martin though, floyd could be better than anyone we have on the roster.

      • Shawn Eagle

        and also with Sammie Hill added to the mix….the need for DT is very low….however…if ziggy can come in and rush the passer…in limited time he could become a gamechanger just as a situational pass rusher in his first year

        • http://twitter.com/Armchair_Psycho Joshua Huffman

          I’m thinking if they want to go DE, they’ll want someone like Datone Jones. One of those tweener guys similar to Jason Jones. Possible pick in a trade up into the 20s (or maybe he falls to No. 40).