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2015 NFL Draft: Full roster breakdown and needs for Tennessee Titans


For the past week I have been ranking the 2015 Tennessee Titans roster based on a combination of their performances in 2014, their career, their potential for the future, and whether or not they stood out in a bad situation. Notice that I am not including injury concerns or salary cap in this ranking. For example, I know that Andy Levitre makes too much money, but that doesn’t make him a worse offensive lineman than Brian Schwenke.

I have broken each player into one of five categories, which will be explained as you go along.

Blue Chips: Everyone knows this phrase, it is a player that any team would start if they had the chance.

1. Jurrell Casey DT

2. Delanie Walker TE

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Good Starters: These are players that have been very good, but they aren’t transcendent in any way. They make the team better, and the front office shouldn’t look to replace them. This group is also comprised of rookies that have shown a lot of talent, and look like they will be at the level of some of these other players next year.

3. Jason McCourty CB

4. Kendall Wright WT

5. Taylor Lewan LT

6. Brian Orakpo EDGE

7. Derrick Morgan EDGE

8. Da’Norris Searcy S

9. Perrish Cox CB

10. Chance Warmack G

11. Harry Douglas WR

12. Avery Williamson LB

13. Karl Klug DT

14. Sammie Hill DT

15. Dexter McCluster RB/WR

16. Coty Sensabaugh CB

17. Andy Levitre G

18. Bishop Sankey RB

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  • Above Average Starters: These are players that you can win with, if they are properly supplemented by the first two categories. Alex Smith would likely fall into this category.

    19. Daimion Stafford S

    20. Ropati Pitoitua DE

    21. Zach Mettenberger QB

    22. Mike Martin DT

    23. Brandon Harris CB

    24. Justin Hunter WR

    25. Taylor Thompson TE

    26. Zach Brown LB

    27. Michael Griffin S

    28. Al Woods DL

    29. Byron Stingily OT

    30. Jonathan Massaquoi EDGE

    Below Average Starters: These are players that either haven’t seen enough time to demonstrate their abilities, or they are players that have shown they can’t play. These players are the ones that Ruston Webster and company need to look to replace.

    31. Craig Stevens TE

    32. Brian Schwnke C

    33. Lache Seastrunk RB

    34. Charlie Whitehurst QB

    35. Wesley Woodyard LB

    36. Zaviar Gooden LB

    37. Kamerion Wimbley EDGE

    38. Marqueston Huff DB

    39. Anthony Fasano TE

    40. Clyde Gates WR

    41. Antonio Andrews RB

    42. Shonn Greene RB

    43. DaQuan Jones DT

    44. Khalid Wooten DB

    45. Gabe Ikard C

    46. Rico Richardson WR

    47. Dorin Dickerson

    Bad Players: These are the players that should never touch the field. Fourth string offensive tackles, journeyman defensive backs, and busts all stay in this range. If you know more than five of the names, then you are a die-hard Tennessee Titans fan. These are in no order, because they all need to be replaced.

    Josh Stewart WR

    Justin McCray OL

    Will Poehls OL

    Alex Tanney QB

    Jacoby Ford WR

    Brett Brackett TE

    Terren Jones OL

    Jamon Meredith OL

    Jamea Thomas DB

    Yawin Smallwood LB

    Justin Staples LB

    Blidi Wreh-Wilson CB

    Kaelin Burnett EDGE

    Dontay Moch LB

    Chaz Sutton DL

    Nate Askew DB

    Ri’Shard Anderson DB

    Glaring Issues

    So, where is the Tennessee Titans right tackle? You can’t tell me that they are really going into the draft with no one that can play right tackle, right? Well I guess you can, because unless the Tennessee Titans are high on Byron Stingily then there is really no one to fill that hole. For what it is worth, right tackle Joe Barksdale and center Stefen Wisniewski would have graded out around 12 and 11 respectively for me and moved offensive line to the sixth biggest need (list below).

    Another hard thing to look at is that the first quarterback ranked for the Tennessee Titans is Zach Mettenberger at 21. That is not where you want your quarterback to grade out, and it is a big reason why the Tennessee Titans are reportedly talking to the San Diego Chargers about a draft day swap of Marcus Mariota and Philip Rivers.

    Biggest Assets

    The Tennessee Titans are set at tight end, which is a quarterback’s best friend. If Zach Mettenberger is the guy for the Tennessee Titans next year, then I would expect Delanie Walker to have a huge year splitting deep zones.

    Kudos to Ruston Webster for making several very solid free agent signings this offseason. The Tennessee Titans didn’t get Ndamukong Suh, but that was never going to happen any way. What they did do, is stockpile talent at EDGE rusher (Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan), add a very good number two cornerback (Perrish Cox), bring in a box-safety to make Michael Griffin play better (Da’Norris Searcy), and bring in a very capable wide receiver (Harry Douglas).

    In fact, five of the top-11 players on this list were on the open market this year.


    After looking at this and assuming that the Tennessee Titans aren’t going to add any more players before the 2015 NFL Draft, here is what my need list looks like:

    1. Offensive line (high)

    2. Quarterback (high)

    3. Wide receiver (medium)

    4. Inside linebacker (medium)

    5. Safety (medium)

    6. Edge rusher (medium)

    7. Defensive line (low)

    8. Running back (low)

    9. Cornerback (low)

    10. Tight end (low)

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