As the fate of head coach Mike Munchak remains in question and with the Tennessee Titans season officially in the books, the only thing the Titans universe can hang their hats on is the 2014 NFL Draft. Though the Titans have been astoundingly mediocre for the last five years, they have actually drafted rather well during that time. Through the draft they’ve collected 2013 All-Pros Jurrell Casey and Alterraun Verner, outstanding cornerback Jason McCourty in the sixth round, defensive starters Derrick Morgan, Akeem Ayers and Zach Brown, starting receivers Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter, quarterback Jake Locker, and others.
Attribute the losing to what you will, but the front office has stockpiled an above-average level of talent that, with the right coaching, can make this a very dangerous team. Regardless of the reasons for the team’s poor performance, the front office must continue their draft dominance. It is the only way to keep heading in the right direction, given the coaching can get the potential out of the players.
During the 2013 NFL Draft, the Titans drafted Chance Warmack, who started every game of the season at guard. They traded up for Justin Hunter, who replaced Kenny Britt as a starting wide receiver. They got some solid defensive backups in Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Zaviar Gooden, Lavar Edwards and Daimion Stafford. They took Brian Schwenke, who started nearly half of the season at center. That’s a pretty good return on your draft picks in their first season.
So what can the Titans do to replicate, or surpass, the success of last year’s draft? Well, it all starts with the first-round draft pick. Which way the Titans will go in the first round can depend on a number of different influences. Nonetheless, here is a variety of directions that are real possibilities.