The NFL Combine Offers Tennessee Titans Five SEC Diamonds
Five SEC Prospects the Tennessee Titans Should Watch
The Tennessee Titans will have a binder full of players to look over while working the NFL Combine. Depending on how you view the team, and last season, the Titans are in need of help in several areas.
The offensive line could use some help after a season that saw it racked with injuries. The Titans defense did show bright spots but the inability to stop short dump passes for long yards after the catch was a problem all year long for the Titans. Next on the list for the Titans coaching staff should be adding a quality second-string running back to help Chris Johnson when he needs a breather or when an offensive scheme needs to be changed up.
With the season that Jake Locker had in 2012, it’s not out of the question that the Titans could be in the hunt for a third quarterback. Matt Hasselbeck has already said he would consider a pay cut in order to help the team make a few financial moves. Changes in the locker room depend on off-season healing and who leaves due to free agency. Only head coach Mike Munchak and the Titans coaching staff have an idea where things stand.
With the opportunity the NFL Combine offers there is ample hope that the Titans can address a couple of needs while not busting the bank. And the good news is this, the Titans only have to look in their own back yard... The SEC. Here’s five diamonds for Tennessee to consider.
Kevin Minter of LSU
Kevin Minter from LSU is a Middle Linebacker that could be a great pickup for the Titans. He's big and NFL strong, both of which are great against the run. Did I mention that he's fast? He can drop back into coverage and protect against short dump passes. Those short passes seemed to baffle some of the Titans defensive schemes last season. More often than not, they ended up as long plays and first downs. Colin McCarthy of the Titans has suffered from a few injuries so bolstering up this position may be a good move. There's nothing wrong with another good linebacker on the roster and Minter could be that player.
Larry Warford of Kentucky
Larry Warford is a guard from the University of Kentucky. He's developed as a player during his time at Kentucky and has proved to be a solid player and team leader. He has NFL rookie size and can move. He could be a starter pretty quick on any NFL roster so why not bring him to Tennessee? He also played great at the Senior Bowl in Mobile Alabama. He took the opportunity to play as hard as if her were playing in a regular season SEC game. He would be a good pick down the line if still available for the Titans.
Chance Warmack of Alabama
Chance Warmack from Alabama is probably one of the best players in the 2013 NFL draft. I would be surprised if the Titans didn't have eyes on getting him with their first pick if possible. The Titans need help on their offensive line in a big way. It was a patch work of fill in players due to injury last season. He's big, fast, can offer protection and open holes for a running back. Warmack works on all levels and he’s probably ready to step into a starting role after camp. There’s a reason Alabama has been at the top of the mountain in college football. Warmack is a big part of that reason.
Cordarrelle Patterson of Tennessee
Cordarrelle Patterson from Tennessee is a wide receiver that will have the opportunity to show his stuff during the combine. Patterson and Tennessee QB Tyler Bray managed to hook up a few times during the Vols losing season because Patterson has speed, nice size, the ability to jump, and he can adapt to coverage while a quarterback scrambles. Patterson may move from being a sleeper pick to a solid top ten or twenty. He’s ready made for several offensive styles across the NFL. The Titans could use a good pair of hands with the ability to click off a few yards after the catch. Patterson can provide that and more.
Tyler Bray of Tennessee
Tyler Bray is not one of my five SEC diamonds for the Titans to consider. As I was thinking about Patterson I started to play out Bray’s NFL future in my minds and I have to say that I think he’ll turn out to be a starter or nice backup. Bray’s Tennessee career was a bit rough towards the end but he does have a nice arm, ability, size, speed and pro QB style. When he puts everything together and matures some he’ll make some team a nice addition.
Marcus Lattimore of South Carolina
Marcus Lattimore is my fifth SEC pick for the Titans. Yes, I know... he suffered a torn ACL, LCL and PCL in his knee. The good news is that by all accounts his surgeries went great, rehab is going perfectly and ESPN's Mel Kiper has jumped on his bandwagon. The Titans need a backup running back and being able to give Lattimore a chance might pay off big for the Titans.