Dec 1, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive back Xavier Rhodes (27) celebrates after intercepting the ball with defensive end Bjoern Werner (95) and defensive back Ronald Darby (13) and defensive tackle Anthony McCloud (92) and linebacker Christian Jones (7). The Seminoles defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 21-15 to win the ACC Championship at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
FanSided.com released their latest weekly 2013 NFL Mock Draft a couple of days ago, and we see the Tennessee Titans taking a familiar face this week. Similar to their first mock draft, they have the Titans taking Florida State DE Bjoern Werner with the 6th pick of the NFL Draft.
Needless to say, this was released before the Titans win the other night, which has pushed them back to the 9th pick.
Seems as I’ve already gone over my liking of this pick, I’ll briefly recap and then look at some of the players drafted around this pick. I like Werner because he seems very reminiscent of the Houston Texans beast of a DE J.J. Watt. Werner is a swatting machine that has shown consistent growth over his college career. The Titans need some substantial depth at the DE position and throwing him in the mix with Morgan and Wimbley could really help out and create a heck of a rotation for the Titans.
But that’s that. Let’s look at the people who were taken around Werner in this draft.
Most notably, the Detroit Lions, who picked 7th overall, took LB Manti Te’o. It was the pick right after the Titans and it was a Heisman runner-up. The Titans have Colin McCarthy as their anchor MLB, but his history of injuries seems to have followed him to the NFL, and when he’s not in the lineup you see the talent gap. It’d be hard for the Titans to pass on Te’o, despite the fact that they have awesome LB’s. Big talent players are hard to pass on and sometimes you’ve just got to go with the best player available.
I was going to talk about about the other players surrounding the Titans pick, but none of them spark much interest from me right now (I don’t go into draft mode until New Years), so I really couldn’t tell you much about them.
Besides a DE and a S, the only other position I’m interested in is the offensive line, but the Titans won’t be addressing that in the first round. We’ll just have to wait until next week to see what FanSided has the Titans taking.
Whoever it is, it’ll be around the 9th pick thanks to the Titans win against the Jets.
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