Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide guard Chance Warmack (65) in action against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the 2013 BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. Alabama won 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
As the first week of free agency comes to a close, the Tennessee Titans addressed many of their needs for the upcoming 2013-14 NFL season. Their free-agent signings include OG Andy Levitre, TE Delanie Walker, RB Shonn Greene, DT Sammie Lee Hill and LB Moise Fokou.
More roster changes are on the way. While the Titans won’t sign another flurry of free agents, they will look to add players via the bargain bin. They’ll also take advantage of the 2013 NFL Draft that takes place from Apr. 25-27. Here are some areas that they could address:
Running Back (Developmental, No. 3 guy)
Offensive Guard (Starter)
Defensive End (Bulky)
Linebacker (Depth, competition for Colin McCarthy)
It’s a do-or-die year for coaches and possibly even front-office executives. They’ll probably target players who are ready to become immediate contributors. They need their 10th-overall pick to become a quality starter as soon as he touches the field. Jobs count on that.
Here’s my first attempt at a 2013 NFL Mock Draft for the Tennessee Titans. The title gives away the first-round pick. Who could they take after that?
Round 1 (Pick 10): Chance Warmack, OG, University of Alabama
No need to explain this pick, however, I’m starting to warm to the idea of taking a cornerback.
Backup Plans: OG Jonathan Cooper, DE Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, Trade Down and Draft CB Johnthan Banks or CB Desmond Trufant.
Round 2 (Pick 40): Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana University
At this point, all four of the top cornerbacks are off the board. They could use someone that can play outside. That would let Alterraun Verner move back inside, his comfortable position.
If the Titans aren’t satisfied with Coty Sensabaugh or Tommie Campbell playing on the outside, then look for them to pursue a cornerback with one of their top two picks.
Backup Plans: DE Cornellius Carradine, DE Margus Hunt
Round 3 (Pick 70): D.J. Swearinger, S, University of South Carolina
Following the reported visit between Bernard Pollard and the Titans, it’s obvious that management wants a hard-hitting safety in the secondary. D.J. Swearinger could help in that area, fighting for playing time with George Wilson and possibly even Markelle Martin.
Backup Plans: Defensive End
Round 4 (Tentative 10th Pick): Jon Bostic, LB, University of Florida
There’s no chance that Tim Shaw remains as the No. 1 inside linebacker behind Colin McCarthy. Jon Bostic could make an immediate difference as a run-defender. Even if McCarthy stays healthy, defensive coordinator Jerry Gray could create some packages for Bostic.
Round 5 (Tentative 9th Pick): Cameron Meredith, DE, University of Nebraska
Need some depth at defensive end. The Titans are reportedly looking for more bulk in their trenches. Such a defensive lineman would give Kamerion Wimbley some rest on first downs. Carradine would’ve been perfect had he not suffered an ACL tear in Nov. With jobs on the line, would management have patience with his recovery?
There aren’t any bulky defensive ends that intrigue me. Cameron Meredith could progress into a rotational player who pairs with Derrick Morgan during running plays. He may get selected during the fourth round.
Round 7 (Tentative 10th Pick): Miguel Maysonet, RB, Stony Brook University
Running backs are getting a bit old. Get someone who could compete with Jamie Harper for the No. 3 gig. Robbie Rouse is another candidate.