ESPN Insider Todd McShay has created his latest 2014 NFL mock draft. McShay has the Tennessee Titans selecting someone who’s becoming a familiar name among the fan base, especially those who are aware of former UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos. Spanos is now the Titans’ linebackers coach.
Anthony Barr, LB, University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA)
Analysis: Even if Tennessee decides to move on from Jake Locker at QB, it’s hard to imagine the team liking one enough to draft him at No. 11 in this scenario. Michigan OT Taylor Lewan and Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix would also fill needs here, but I think Barr would be a fit for new defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s hybrid scheme, given Barr’s experience working on the line and standing up as a 3-4 outside linebacker. I’ve been a little underwhelmed by what I’ve seen from him on tape so far, which is why I have him sliding a bit, but I still have more to study and he’s a naturally gifted player with a unique combination of athleticism and size. He should continue to improve, as a converted H-back who has had limited experience playing defense.
The Titans have a good chance of seeing one of the three top linebackers fall to them at No. 11. If that situation arises, will they take one of them, or would they prefer an offensive tackle / safety?
Other AFC South Picks:
Houston Texans (No. 1): Jadeveon Clowney, DE, University of South Carolina
Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 3): Teddy Bridgewater, QB, University of Louisville
Indianapolis Colts (Traded Pick for Trent Richardson)
SOURCE: ESPN Insider