Smart Moves for the Titans to consider in the 2012 NFL Draft

By Stephanie Umek

The Tennessee Titans own seven picks in this years’ 2012 NFL Draft. This is the first time since 2007 that they will have a pick in every round. Based on their accomplishments from last season, the Titans own the 20th overall pick in the first round and their first pick in the draft. They also own overall picks 52, 82, 115, 155, 190 and 227.

In the off season the Titans lost Cortland Finnegan and the team is finally getting to the grind of learning to deal with him not in Tennessee but rather with the Rams in St. Louis. They have made some big moves though signing both Steve Hutchinson from the Vikings to a three year-$16 Million contract. They also just recently picked up Kamerion Wimbley from the Oakland Raiders giving him a deal worth 5 years and $35 Million.

Over this weekend NFL Network talked with The Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt about what he thinking the Titans may be doing with their 20th overall pick in this years’ draft.

Wyatt told NFL Network that both Defensive tackles and defensive ends are going to be positions that Tennessee watches in the draft. Some names he threw around were players like Defensive Ends Melvin Ingram from South Carolina, and Quinton Coples from North Carolina. Safety Mark Barron, and Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick both from Alabama. He also mentioned that an Outside Linebacker wouldn’t hurt, and maybe a guy like Center Peter Konz from Wisconsin could be useful.

Michael Lombardi was also interviewed by NFL Network posted to and his views are in much agreement with those of Wyatt, feeling that Kirkpatrick could still be available but he also expressed the need and want of a cornerback with the loss of Finnegan. He stated the Defensive ends are a need but there is always room for a solid defensive tackle if available.

Charlie Casserly, also from NFL Network ideally likes Mark Barron but doesn’t think he will be around for pick number 20. Titans can use either a safety or a corner to help with consistently improving on the pass rush.  Lombardi also feels that Mark Barron would work here as well as Ingram. Casserly said to be careful of Ingram. Though a good player, he is smaller, but again can help with the pass rush and in the nickel regardless if it’s a 4-3 team or a 3-4 team.

It’s nothing new that the Titans want defense. A few safeties wouldn’t hurt just to secure the defense. What is astounding to me is the guys that are becoming available at pick 20. Like Coples, Kirkpatrick and Ingram, because with most Mock Drafts, including my own, those guys were top ten easy about a month ago. It goes to show what declaring for the draft and showing your true colors at the combine can really do for a player’s reputation.

Not to say that any of these players listed above are not amazingly talented on the field, of which they are, but more credit going to those athletes that have climbed to the number one and two spots in the past month or so with production in the combine.


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