Nov 26, 2011; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks defensive end Dion Jordan (96) against the Oregon State Beavers during the second half at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Z. Rider-USA TODAY Sports

Top 6 Draft Targets for Tennessee Titans in 2013 NFL Draft


Who will the Tennessee Titans draft with the No. 10 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft? With less than 36 hours before their pick is due, the Titans’ draft plans haven’t become any less of a mystery than they were one month ago. In fact, they’ve become murkier when one considers the rumors about the team considering D.J. Fluker at No. 10.

Excluding trade scenarios, the Titans will have the entire draft board to choose from—minus nine players. This team could use almost any of the projected top 10 players. It’s just a matter of finding the player who’ll flourish in Dowell Loggains’ or Jerry Gray’s system.

Let’s run through the process of elimination. There are four players who are all-but-guaranteed as top 9 picks. These include three offensive tackles (Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher, Lane Johnson) and a quarterback (Geno Smith). Even if one of these players dropped, the Titans aren’t drafting a project quarterback or an offensive tackle—not unless they believe someone is a short-term fix at offensive guard.

For the Titans, the best case scenario is that these four players are taken before their pick. That leaves five other teams who would pick before them. This allows them to focus on their top-six draft targets. Even if the Titans don’t get their No. 1 target, they’d still get a quality player who most fans would support.

Names are listed in alphabetical order (last name).

 

Top 6 Draft Targets
Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Dion Jordan, DE/LB, Oregon
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

 

Honorable Mentions
Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, DE, BYU
Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

 

Summary
At least one of those targets should fall to the Titans. If any of the honorable mentions are taken in the top 10, then the Titans could have their choice on multiple players. It all depends on whether this team focuses on best player available, position of need, or a combination of the two philosophies.

Would the Titans pass on Warmack or Cooper? If Floyd, Lotulelei or Jordan were available—management would have an interesting decision to make.

The 2013 NFL Draft starts on Apr. 25 at 7:00 p.m. CT.

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  • David Fleming

    Go ahead and scrap Dion Jordan, no chance he will be there. I really don’t like Sharrif Floyd, and I think Sheldon Richardson will easily be the better player. I think Star Lotulelei probably goes pretty high as well, now that his medical is cleared. I don’t like Trufant because he’s not physical at all (see finesse corner, Asante Samuel). Cooper and Warmack both strong possibilities. You know how I feel about Ziggy. But I really like the Vaccaro inclusion. People have been overlooking what a solid football player he is, and he can play FS, SS, and nickel CB as a rookie. I honestly don’t see him slipping past St. Louis at 16, so if we want him we have to grab him early.

    • David Fleming

      And Milliner is a solid player, but I’d rather get a CB in the 2nd or 3rd round.

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

      I don’t think most fans are interested or paying attention to Vaccaro now that the Titans have already signed two safeties. Vaccaro is another guy who the Jets could take at No. 9. Dion Jordan shouldn’t be there, but I added him on this list in case teams go crazy with OL and interior DL.

      • Shawn Eagle

        I think it would be interesting to see them draft Vaccaro at 10…they could do worse. He would walk in and help.

        • David Fleming

          I agree, he has a lot of experience as the nickel corner, so he would immediately take that spot. He could also rotate in the ruby package, as well as contribute on special teams. He’s a solid, low-risk player.

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

            Yup. All reasons for why they’d consider Vaccaro. A couple weeks ago when I was checking out the pre-draft visits, the Titans had visited a bunch of safeties and tweener DBs (e.g. Sanders Commings). Vaccaro was one of the guys they visited. There’s definitely some interest in adding another safety to their rotation.