After a disappointing 2-14 season in 2014, the Tennessee Titans have a lot of holes to fill, and unfortunately, it may be hard to tell where to start. No one is sure at this point, if the Titans staff will trade down with the second pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but we will assume, for the purposes of these predictions, Head Coach, Ken Whisenhunt, and his staff will make a defensive statement with their first pick.
If they address the defense with the first pick, and draft a franchise player like a Leonard Williams, Dante Fowler, or Randy Gregory out of Nebraska, they can add some pieces in free agency, and use a couple of later picks to satisfy other needs.
Offensive Tackle, Michael Roos announced his retirement on Thursday, and added to already glaring needs on the offensive line. The Titans will have to add some protection for Zach Mettenberger if they have any chance of keeping him healthy.
With rumors on the street having Detroit Lions Defensive Tackle, Ndamukong Suh talking to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and facing J.J. Watt twice a year, adds some urgency to the situation.
Unfortunately, the second round is full of wide receivers, defensive backs, and more linebackers, but there are some possibilities.
- Cameron Erving Center Florida State: The 6-6 308 pound Senior is projected to be a Bronco, and after protecting Jameis Winston for the past two years, would take on guarding Payton Manning next year. Crazy things can happen during the first round, especially with the possibility of teams trading up. The Titans pick first in the second round, and if Erving were available, he could quickly become a Tennessee Titan.
- Cedric Ogbuehi OT Texas A&M: At 6-5 and 300 pounds, the Aggie senior could offer some beef up front in Nashville. He is projected to Jacksonville in the second round, but has had major knee problems, and didn’t have a great 2014 season.
- A.J. Cann OG South Carolina: Cann is a 6-4 311 pound guard who is thick, and a great blocker with a lot of good intangibles. He is projected to the San Diego Chargers with the 48th pick, but could provide some much-needed help in the trenches.
The 2015 draft is loaded with wide receiver talent, and the second round has some possibilities if the Titans part ways with aging wide-out, Nate Washington.
Some Mocks are projecting Ohio State Wide Receiver, Devin Smith into the second round, and going to the New York Jets with the 37th pick.
As part of Urban Meyer’s National Championship team, Smith caught 33 passes in the 2014 season, for just shy of a 1000 yards, and scored 12 touchdowns. His career included 121 catches, for 2503 yards, and a total of 30 touchdowns.
A four year Senior in Columbus, he is 6-1 at 199 pounds, and ran a 4.45 40 at the combine last week. Smith went through a plethora of quarterbacks in his last year, and performed very well. Smith sounds a lot like a possession receiver that would fit nicly in Nashville
The news yesterday that Safety, Michael Griffin will be recovering from surgery, and still needing knee work after his shoulder heals, puts his status in questions for 2015.
Alabama Safety, Landon Collins is the best safety in the draft, but is expected to go in the first round, and wont be there when Tennessee makes the 33rd pick.
The only safety worthy of a second round choice, is Derrron Smith out of Fresno St. The only knock on him, is his size. At 5-11, 195 he is slightly faster than Collins, running a 4.50 in the 40.
He is described as an aggressive playmaker with the ability to make his presence felt in both coverage, and run support.
Some Mocks have the Senior Bulldog going to the Indianapolis Colts with the 61st pick.