Tennessee Titans: Early Potential 2014 Depth Chart, Defense


Aug 24, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans cornerback

Coty Sensabaugh

(24) breaks up a pass in the end zone intended for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver

Harry Douglas

(83) during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

How is the 2014 Tennessee Titans roster shaping up following draft weekend? Below is an early defensive depth chart that includes every player listed on the Titans Online roster (plus the six rookies).

Undrafted Free Agents Defense (UPDATED AS OF 10:25 PM CT)
James Gayle (defensive end, Virginia Tech)
Jamal Merrell (linebacker, Rutgers)
Rishard Anderson (cornerback, Syracuse)
Hakeem Smith (safety, Louisville)

Analysis: Not expecting much from this group. Hakeem Smith could win a spot as a reserve safety and special-teamer, especially if Marqueston Huff is permanently used at cornerback. Safety youth isn’t necessary but nice.

Defensive Lineman
Jurrell Casey
Sammie Lee Hill
Al Woods
Mike Martin
Antonio Johnson
DaQuan Jones (rookie)
Chigbo Anunoby

Analysis: It’s hard to create an actual depth chart here because many players will play anywhere along the defensive line. These position listings are straight from Titansonline.com (except DaQuan Jones, he’s still unlisted). Don’t expect Anunoby to make the final roster. Could see a surprise cut among this group.

Defensive End
Ropati Pitoitua
Karl Klug
Lavar Edwards
Marcus Dixon

Analysis: Don’t expect Dixon to make the final cuts. While these are the listed defensive ends (minus outside linebacker / defensive end hybrids), Klug is more of a rotational piece. I’m interested to see how or even if Edwards fits into this defense. The Titans already have so many edge-type players that it’s hard to see him making the 53. He needs a strong training camp.

Defensive End / Outside Linebacker
Derrick Morgan
Kamerion Wimbley

Analysis: Looking forward to see how Ray Horton uses Morgan. Both of these players have the ability to play hands down in four-man fronts and hands up in three-man fronts. How well Morgan transitions into this hybrid 3-4 defense will make a huge difference in whether this defense excels in 2014.

Shaun Phillips
Zach Brown
Akeem Ayers
Wesley Woodyard
Moise Fokou
Colin McCarthy
Avery Williamson (rookie)
Zaviar Gooden
Patrick Bailey
Jonathan Willard
Brandon Copeland
David Hinds

Analysis: Copeland and Hinds have negligible chance to make the final roster. I’d guess that the final set of outside linebackers would look (including hybrid DE/LB): Morgan-Phillips-Ayers-Wimbley. Final set of inside linebackers would include Brown-Woodyard-Fokou-McCarthy-Williamson-Gooden.

Jason McCourty
Coty Sensabaugh
Blidi Wreh-Wilson
Khalid Wooten
Tommie Campbell
Marqueston Huff (rookie)
George Baker
Micah Pellerin

Analysis: Huff appears like a better fit to play cornerback, although he has the versatility to become an undersized free safety. Sensabaugh and Wreh-Wilson are the top contenders to win the No. 2 cornerback that was opened when Alterraun Verner joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For Campbell, another sub-par preseason could spell the end.

Bernard Pollard
Michael Griffin
George Wilson
Daimion Stafford

Analysis: There’s room for another young body.

There’s a lot of competition for depth jobs. Every position includes battles for, at a minimum, spot-playing opportunities. No. 2 cornerback, inside linebacker, and possibly one of the defensive end positions are starting jobs that are up for grab. Ayers needs a strong training camp.