The Tennessee Titans had a pretty successful 2012 NFL Draft, adding players such as Baylors’ WR Kendall Wright, Michigan’s run-stopping DT Mike Martin, and the speedster OLB Zach Brown from North Carolina. They still left some area’s of need unaddressed.
One of the Titans biggest needs headed into the draft was OL. They brought in Steve Hutchinson to help out with the line but he’s an aging veteran with limited time left. They also brought in some of the top centers in free agency but failed to sign any of them.
During the draft the Titans had the chance to draft two of the top lineman in the draft in Stanford’s guard David DeCastro and Wisconsin’s center Peter Konz. Obviously, they passed on both.
At the 20th pick the Titans had their shot at DeCastro and opted to go with the speedy playmaker receiver Kendall Wright instead. I understood this and accepted it. At the 52nd pick they had a shot at Konz and once again decided to go another route, choosing North Carolina’s OLB Zach Brown.
This is the one is the one that bothers me. Though I understand the Titans going OLB, I think choosing Konz would have been the better pick and fit the larger need. The Titans offensive line is aging and was a major disappointment this past season when it came to run blocking. Giving Jake Locker Peter Konz would have been setting up the Titans for an epic pairing similar to Peyton Manning and Jeff Saturday.
Instead the Titans are pushing forward with a line that may look very similar to that of last years, plus Hutchinson. That’s a bit of a disappointment.
Hopefully the Titans have some sort of plans up their sleeve, whether it’s moving Amano to back to guard and Harris back to center or moving Velasco in to the lineup. Either way, something needs to happen at the center position, sooner rather than later.
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