2013 NFL Draft: Will the Tennessee Titans Target a WR Early On?

By Andrew Fisher
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The Tennessee Titans have done a good job of addressing needs so far in free agency, but there’s still lots of work to do in the upcoming NFL Draft. It’s pretty safe to say the Titans are sitting in much better position than a year ago, and with a solid draft class, they could very well compete for a wild-card spot next season. But with a number of positions still needing attention, what should the top priority be?

Most mocks, have Tennessee going with either a cornerback, or offensive guard in the first round. While others, think they should go with a defensive end and/or pass-rusher. But you won’t find any with them taking a wide receiver. The Titans don’t really need a wide receiver, but there are rumblings that Nate Washington could be on his way out of town, so there might possibly be a key roster spot open.

I think there’s a very good chance Tennessee will select a receiver, but in what round?

It’s highly unlikely the team takes a wide out before the fourth round. Even if Washington is traded, they still have Kenny Britt, Kendall Wright, and Kevin Walter. That’s a pretty decent trio of receivers for now, but what about long-term?

Britt’s future is about as clear as the inside of a cataract, and Walter’s career appears to be on the decline. The franchise may want some insurance, and at the same time, a player for Jake Locker to develop with. There’s a lot to be said for a quarterback and receiver growing and developing in the same system.

The safe money is that Tennessee will address its needs at CB, DE, and OG, before they look at another receiver. However, I believe they’ll have their eyes peeled for a hidden gem, later in the rounds.


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