As the 2015 NFL draft approaches, rumors continue to swirl around the number 2 pick, and it’s owner…the Tennessee Titans. Philip Rivers? Marcus Mariota? Leonard Williams?
None of the above?
Ken Whisenhunt and staff continue to remain tight lipped…making this one of the most anticipated drafts in over a decade.
A great thing for the fans.
If the deal for Rivers falls through, and you’re not sold on Mariota, or you planned on going with Mettenberger all along, then what do you do at number 2?
If you are unable or unwilling to trade then wide receiver Amari Cooper from Alabama deserves strong consideration.
At 6’1 – 211, Cooper provides a big target with great ball catching skills in traffic. He led the nation in receptions last season (124), while hauling in 16 tds. And this wasn’t against the sisters of the poor. Cooper dominated against some of the best athletes in the country.
If Cooper is there for the taking, then it probably means that Mettenberger is the starter. And that raises his value even more.
This is a passing league now. Coach Whiz has a passing philosophy. It only makes sense to add a true number 1 receiver to your roster. That is a critical element for what the Titans want to do on offense.
Kendall Wright is a quality receiver, and paired with a true number 1, could return to his 90 plus catch level. Having a legitimate threat on the other side would free things up for both Wright and tight end Delanie Walker.
Newly acquired wide receiver Harry Douglas fits the third role perfectly. That was his role behind Julio Jones and Roddy White in Atlanta. And Justin Hunter can work his way up from the fourth slot. If he blossoms this season, then that’s a bonus. Hakeem Nicks could also be added after the draft.
Sep 20, 2014; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper (9) can
And not to be overlooked, Cooper led the nation in catches with Blake Sims as his qb last year. That’s no shot at Sims, that’s wondering what he could do with an NFL caliber qb under center. How he can affect the running game by occupying a safety.
How he gives qb’s confidence by making plays for them.
Year after year we are seeing rookie wide receivers come in and tear up the league. It’s open season on NFL secondary’s now.
If…and that’s a huge if…the Titans feel that Zach Mettenberger is indeed their guy, then they need to get him some weapons. Cooper’s going in the top 10 anyway, so why not if he can change the dynamic of the whole offense.