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Here are the 2014 NFL Draft results from my most recent run-through with the Tennessee Titans.
Round 1, Pick 11: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
It may seem far-fetched since Matthews is the consensus top player on many boards, but it is very possible that teams in the top 10 will pass on him for more important needs or for the perhaps higher-upside pick at tackle in Greg Robinson, from Auburn. This would be a coup for the Titans, getting a possible star tackle that can play on the right side and replace David Stewart, then soon after take over for Michael Roos on the left side.
Round 2, Pick 42: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
This was a tough pick to make as I thought about going defense with cornerback Jason Verrett and defensive tackle Will Sutton on the board, but I just couldn’t pass up Robinson. I know this is a deep wide receiver draft class, but Robinson has the potential to be a star in this league. More than quick enough to get open and dynamic after the catch, Robinson still has time to develop as he’s only 20 years old. At 6’3, 210, he can take over for Nate Washington in a year or two and form a deadly receiver group with Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter in the future.
Round 4, Pick 108: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
With no third round pick, I saw a lot of good players pass by. Still, I was happy to see Sankey on the board in the fourth round. With Chris Johnson more than likely gone, the Titans need a running back to at least complement Shonn Greene, if not take over as the starter. Sankey is a smooth runner and is great in the passing game, so he will fit right in.
Round 5, Pick 139: Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State
This is when I finally started getting defensive. Whether new coordinator Ray Horton switches the defense to a 3-4 or not, a middle linebacker is needed. Colin McCarthy is too inconsistent in his play and has been riddled with injuries, while Moise Fokou just wasn’t getting it done last season. Bullough has his own flaws and inconsistencies, but he has the size and toughness to be a thumper in the middle.
Round 6, Pick 170: Josh Mauro, DE, Stanford
Mauro was a solid, consistent disruptor for Stanford on the other side of potential first round pick Trent Murphy. Ropati Pitoitua had a pretty good first season for the Titans, but his potential is capped. Mauro can play in a 3-4 or 4-3 and can contribute immediately.
Round 7, Pick 205: Vinnie Sunseri, S, Alabama
Sunseri was a starter at safety for Alabama this season alongside Haha Clinton-Dix until he tore his ACL seven games in. During that time, he had 20 tackles and returned both of his interceptions for touchdowns. He is one of the better strong safeties in this class, and can slot in should Bernard Pollard not be brought back.