Should Tennessee Titans Draft a Mid-Late Round Quarterback?
Might the Titans consider drafting a mid-to-late round quarterback?
So, as you can see from the title of this post, the question is: should the Tennessee Titans consider drafting a mid-to-late round quarterback? The simple answer is yes. In one of Mike Mularkey’s combine press conferences, he was asked if the team will be looking at the quarterback position. The summary of his answer was yes, Marcus is getting to that level of experience now where he has seen things multiple times and he’s getting to where he doesn’t have to have that mentor presence backing him up.
Early round quarterbacks such as Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer, Patrick Mahomes, Brad Kaaya, Nathan Peterman, or Davis Webb will be mentioned as they will all likely be gone before the Titans are ready to pick up that quarterback.
There is a tricky part to all this however. The Titans have already signed Matt Cassel to a two year contract extension. Now, I haven’t seen the contract or even been told what’s in it, but after hearing Mularkey’s statements I have to think the Titans left themselves a way out.
Given the knowledge that Marcus Mariota is ready to step out on his own, who would you rather have backing him up? Cassel or a young quarterback with upside and that you could possibly get some decent trade value for.?Here is a list of quarterbacks the Titans could target in later rounds.
Dobbs is an extremely smart player; he is literally a rocket scientist. Aside from his brain being a weapon, he also has a strong arm, with athleticism to go with it. He has some mechanical issues, but with his athletic ability he can do things similar to Mariota that Cassel can’t. So with him in the game, the defense would still have to account for a running quarterback and the play calling wouldn’t have to change too much. For the Titans to get Dobbs, they would probably have to pull the trigger in round four, but it’s possible he’s still on the board in round five.
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Kelly has an ideal build for a franchise quarterback and a ton of upside. Like Dobbs, he is athletically gifted and has a strong arm. His flaws are he doesn’t always make the best decisions and he has some serious off field concerns. It’s doubtful he will be there for the Titans in round six, but he could probably be picked up by the Titans in round five.
There were some reports stating that a few teams from the combine loved Trevor Knight in the interview process. As a senior, he only completed 53.3% of his passes, but a lot of that could be credited to a suspect offensive line. Knight could be had in the sixth round or possible even the seventh.
Evans has a good skill set, with a mix of size and athleticism. Many believed he should have stayed in school for a year because his lack of experience is hurting him. Evans, like Knight, could be had in the sixth or possibly even the seventh round.
The Titans should draft one of these guys and let them battle it out with Cassel in training camp. Dobbs or Kelly could have a real shot at beating Cassel out, but Cassel probably has the edge on Knight and Evans. Cassel’s biggest weakness is his arm strength. When Cassel had to step in for Mariota, it was obvious there was a big difference in arm strength. Don’t rule out the possibility of the Titans holding three quarterbacks on the roster-having two active on game day. The odd man out on game days could bring an extra insurance policy, especially if something were to happen early in the year.