Offensive Needs: QB, RB, OL
For the one millionth time – is Jake Locker the guy at quarterback? No one can know for sure. All we know is that coach Whiz isn’t 100% sold on Locker, and we can’t blame him. Locker looked to be finally getting it at times last year, but once again had bouts with injuries, accuracy and overall inconsistency. He’ll have to get healthy after sustaining a lisfranc injury, but if he can he should have a shot at competing for the starting gig one last time.
With that said, the new coaching staff owes Locker nothing and doesn’t have to sit idly by and wait to see if he’ll finally develop. That could mean a quarterback in the first round again this year. At the 11 spot, someone like Derek Carr could realistically be in play. The Titans could also opt to wait until Round 2-3, where guys like A.J. McCarron, Jimmy Garoppolo and Zach Mettenberger could readily be available. Mettenberger is the most enticing talent of that trio, however, and may not last as long as the second round.
The only other major question mark on offense appears to be at running back, where Chris Johnson’s almost certain departure clears the way for *cough* Shonn Greene? Greene did put up back to back 1,000+ yard rushing seasons with the Jets, but is otherwise a plodder with minimal talent. He’s not a feature back, and one way or another, the Titans need to make sure he’s not all they’ve got at the position in 2014.
Instead of overpaying for guys like Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew in free agency, I like the Titans to stand pat with Greene as their goal-line and short-yardage man, while adding a change of pace back.
My two favorite backs in this draft are Tre Mason and Ka’Deem Carey. Mason appears to be the more complete of the two, but if Tennessee wants explosion, Carey is the guy. If the Titans want to wait a little longer than round two, Oregon’s De-Anthony Thomas could be the perfect CJ?K replacement, in the third or possibly even the fourth round.
Beyond quarterback and running back, the Titans will also want to add some offensive line depth in general – specifically at tackle. There’s a slight chance they aim at the future here and grab a guy like Michigan’s Taylor Lewan with their first rounder, but I doubt it.
Tight end could be another position to look at, but the new coaching staff seems to like Delanie Walker and raw tight end Taylor Thompson has some upside worth developing.