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2013 NFL Draft: Top 5 Priorities for the Tennessee Titans

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Tennessee Titans Must Address These 5 Priorities in 2013 NFL Draft

Tennessee Titans Must Address These 5 Priorities in 2013 NFL Draft
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Tennessee Titans enthusiasts have been treated to an eventful offseason. With jobs on the line, the front office has elected to take an aggressive approach to the 2013 NFL free-agency period. Some additions include Andy Levitre, Delanie Walker, Sammie Lee Hill, Shonn Greene, George Wilson, Bernard Pollard, Ropati Pitoitua, Kevin Walter, Chris Spencer and Rob Turner. That doesn’t include the changes in the coaching staff.

Was that enough for the Titans to increase their win total from six to 10, the approximate amount of wins they’d need to clinch a wild-card berth during the 2013-14 season? If it wasn’t, management has nine picks to add quality starters and depth in the 2013 NFL Draft.

With the No. 10 pick, the Titans could add anything from a starting offensive guard, nickelback or one of the top defensive linemen in a draft that’s loaded with quality trench players. After gaining an additional third-round compensatory pick (No. 97), the Titans have more flexibility to give themselves a second first-round pick. According to the NFL trade value chart, the Titans could move into the Top 25 if they packaged No. 40 and No. 70.

Expect an aggressive approach from general manager Ruston Webster, who knows that his job may depend on a postseason appearance. At age 90, owner Bud Adams doesn’t have much time to witness his franchise’s first Super Bowl championship. Is Adams correct in his assessment that Mike Munchak is the man to lead this team to the Promised Land?

This slideshow features the top five priorities for the Titans during the 2013 NFL Draft. The Titans must find some starters, key role players and depth. Continue with slideshow.

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Cornerback

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Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner are a good cornerback tandem. But in today’s pass-happy NFL, teams need more than two cornerbacks. That was evidenced when opponents would move their No.1 receiver (e.g. Calvin Johnson) into the slot. Ryan Mouton was incapable of covering Johnson. The Titans didn’t want to move Verner because it would’ve created a void on the outside.

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Defensive Lineman

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After adding Ropati Pitoitua and Sammie Lee Hill to the defensive line, the Titans should still consider one of the top defensive linemen in this draft. That’s especially true if they’re serious about implementing 3-4 alignments into their scheme. If Sharrif Floyd or Sheldon Richardson are at No. 10, will the Titans pull the trigger?

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Inside Linebacker

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Can Colin McCarthy stay healthy? The Titans can’t enter the 2013-14 season with Moise Fokou as the No. 1 replacement to the oft-injured McCarthy. And if they intend on running more 3-4 alignments, they need a backup plan in case one of them goes down.

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Offensive Guard

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Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

The Titans bolstered their offensive line when they added Andy Levitre almost one hour after the 2013-14 calendar year started. But unless they’re satisfied with Eugene Amano as the other offensive guard, the Titans should consider Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper with the No. 10 pick. Even if the Titans don’t take one of those players, they'll draft someone in later rounds.

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Wide Receiver

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Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

When free agency started, the Titans were rumored to have been interested in Wes Welker and Danny Amendola. Nate Washington saw his name in numerous trade rumors. Since Kenny Britt was drafted in 2009, he has yet to prove that he can stay healthy or out of trouble.

Look for the Titans to address their depth at wide receiver in Rounds 2-4.

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