Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
This would be the best case scenario, at least in my own opinion. Clowney will get knocked for his “lacking” motor and questioned for his heart. These are not valid things to take away from Clowney, especially if we don’t know him as a person. What we do know is that he is one of the best draft prospects ever. He is a force to be reckoned with, and I believe there is no question as to whether he will live up to the otherworldly hype. He has dominated every level of play up to this point and that should continue in the NFL.
The motor and heart questions that everyone is salivating over aren’t too warranted. Clowney wasn’t as active this past season and might have taken some plays off, but he wasn’t even going to be playing at all. He knew he was locked in to be a top-five pick regardless, so he pondered the idea of taking all of his junior season off. He didn’t and was still dominant, while looking out for his best interests in terms of health. Getting Clowney would incredibly improve the defense’s pass rush, taking this defense to new heights.
Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo
Mack is the closest, or most similar, prospect to Von Miller since Miller was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2011. Miller has gotten into some personal trouble in recent times, but when he’s on the field he is one of the most dominant players in the entire league. Like Miller, Mack is an extremely explosive player. He is fast, laterally quick, hits hard, and knows how to get into the backfield. He is more NFL-ready than fellow draft prospect Anthony Barr from UCLA, and may have just as much upside, which makes it somewhat unlikely that he falls this far. But if he does, the Titans shouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger on a guy who new defensive coordinator Ray Horton can work wonders with.
Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Robinson was a stud for Auburn this past season, leading the way on the ground for one of the country’s best offenses. He’s an absolute mauler in the run game and more than holds his own in pass protection, although he could use some work. His technique is a little bit odd as he sets up in a low crouch, and it hurts him at times when pass protecting, but it hasn’t hurt him too badly yet. Still just 21 years old, the potential is through the roof for Robinson. The Titans would be ecstatic to bring him in for the next 10-15 years.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
I know what you’re thinking, “but you’ve been a huge Jake Locker supporter!”
Yes, I have, but ever since the Vince Young debacle, I’ve learned to not let emotion get in the way of logic. Locker is a good quarterback and can be a great one. But it would be ignorant to believe that he is going to play a full 16 games every season. He hasn’t done it yet, and hasn’t even come close. It hurts the team in the worst way possible when the quarterback can’t be out there every week.
If Bridgewater falls to the Titans, I really think they need to draft him and at least get a nice quarterback competition going before deciding on the future. Teddy Ballgame has been dissected for having a small frame and not having enough arm strength, but all this doubters are going to eat their words. His pocket movement and accuracy are top-notch. As for the though that he may be injury prone like Locker, he played a game in 2012 with a broken left wrist and a sprained right ankle. He’ll be fine.