Anthony Barr, DE/LB, UCLA (2)
First things first, this has been the trickiest pick to try and decide upon. The Titans can go a number of directions and trying to decide which they need to address the most is not an easy pinpoint. Also, let me start off by saying the Titans would be smart to trade down with this pick and acquire more picks later in the draft. Most likely whoever the Titans wanted at 11, another suitable pick would be available later in the first round as well.
Let me now say, I am not even remotely sold on Anthony Barr as a pick the Titans should make here. There are still a lot of questions with his game and with the recent addition of Shaun Phillips, I am even less sure this will be the Titans pick. For the time being however, I have to stick with my gut and mock Barr to the Titans. A cornerback strikes me as a reach with current younger corners on the roster now and so does any wide receiver.
This truly is an interesting pick for the Titans and I am thoroughly interested to see what they do with it. My preference here….trade down and pick up more picks for later.
The Titans pick has become more difficult to pick because of their recent moves in free agency. It has been believed that an edge-rusher or a tackle would be the most likely options for them with their first pick, but after the additions of LB Shaun Phillips and RT MIchael Oher, they are not surefire needs. Pass rush is still the biggest need for the Titans, outside of QB which all depends on Jake Locker’s health and development this season, and running back which they will address later in the draft. Barr would fit nicely into their new 3-4 scheme and has the potential to be an elite player on the edge.
I personally believe the Titans are going to shock people with their pick, I just have no idea how so.