Tennessee Titans NFL Draft: Round 1 Options

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Oct 19, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy (3) is hit by Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Kony Ealy (47) while throwing during the second half at Faurot Field. Missouri won 36-17. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

Has Kamerion Wimbley been a free-agent bust or what? The Titans paid him big money to be a big pass-rush threat off the right end spot. That gamble has not paid off whatsoever. Derrick Morgan is very solid and consistent on the left side, but the Titans need a constant right end wreaking havoc on the quarterback.

Could Ealy be that guy? He sure has the size and the tools to do so. At 6-5, 275, he has the prototypical size to be a perfect 4-3 defensive end fit in Gregg Williams‘ (Jerry Gray’s?) defense. Heck, he can fit perfectly into some 3-4 looks with Casey and Morgan alongside him.

The Titans defense was solid all year long, mainly because they were able to get more pressure than they had in years past. That made it easier for the secondary, which played at a Pro Bowl level throughout the year. Still, the pressure began to subside toward the end of the year, and it was because the defensive end spot opposite Morgan wasn’t doing its job. If Ealy can provide that pass rush boost, this defense has unlimited potential.

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  • sdtitan

    How can you not include Kalil Mack? DE/OLB. High motor pass rusher. Solid tackler. Can cover. Would fit 4-3 or 3-4, depending on new DC’s scheme. He’s at the top of my list. The question is, will he be there @ 11?

    • Matias Wodner

      I was only giving a couple of different options and since I had already given a pass rusher in Ealy, I figured I would move to other positions. My thinking was that Jerry Gray is still technically the DC, so Ealy would be a better pass rush fit than Mack would be in Gray’s defense. Don’t get me wrong, Mack is a top 5 talent in this draft, but I’m not sure how this defense will look come next year. And I don’t know if he’ll be available either. He’s looking like a top 10 pick, and I think he’s better than Anthony Barr too.