Who should the Tennessee Titans draft with the No. 11 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft? Anyone who has been checking out the mock drafts will know that expert mock drafts have many different opinions.
Quarterback, tight end, offensive tackle, linebacker, cornerback, safety…I’ve seen fans discuss their desires for wide receivers and defensive linemen. Maybe you’re like me and “Should the Titans Draft: Trade Down” would have a draft interest of “very high.”
I’ve figured a list of more than one dozen prospects whom are potential candidates with the Titans’ first-round draft pick. I’ll attempt to look over each one and see which players are the best fit for this franchise. Some of that falls on how much time I have between now and the 2014 NFL Draft (May 8-10).
Let’s begin with the player who’s most-often mock-drafted to the two-toned blue: Anthony Barr, linebacker, UCLA. Many consider Barr as one of the top three defensive end / outside linebacker hybrid prospects with Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack. An impressive feat when one considers that Barr has played outside linebacker for two seasons.
Check out part of this scouting report from NFL.com’s Nolan Nawrocki.
A highly disruptive, athletic specimen with the pass-rush potential to effortlessly emerge as a double-digit sack producer. Is far from a finished product and his best football is still ahead of him, yet he plays the game with more of an offensive temperament and could require some patience. Is the type of rare athlete that could even contribute as an offensive playmaker once he learns to grasp defensive concepts and the game slows down for him. A top-10 talent. (FULL).
His collegiate defensive statistics (sports-reference.com):
Linebacker has been an ongoing weakness that has affected this team ever since Keith Bulluck was released following the 2009-10 NFL season. Whether tight end Dante Rosario is catching three touchdown passes in one game or Donald Brown is shredding through the front seven, the linebackers haven’t played well. Correcting this becomes even more important now that the team intends to use more 3-4 schemes.
Can Barr provide double-digit sack totals and all-around quality play at outside linebacker? Time for some pros and cons.