The Tennessee Titans figure to have one of the best ground attacks in the NFL this upcoming season. With the addition of Shonn Greene, the Titans now have two running backs that can be relied upon to produce each week. With the receiver corps mostly in place for next season as well, most analysts think Tennessee will add pieces to the running game in the draft. If a lot of touches are going to the running backs, there better be lineman in place that can pave the way.
One such player that can fill that role for the Titans, is G Jonathan Cooper out of North Carolina.
Tennessee has already added help on the o-line by signing free agent left guard Andy Levitre, so Cooper could just be the icing on the cake. In theory, it would give the Titans two top-notch guards to clear the way for the 1-2 punch of Greene and Chris Johnson.
The only minor problem, is that both Cooper and Levitre play LG, so one of them (likely Cooper) would have to switch sides. I doubt this would be a deal-breaker. The big question, is whether or not Cooper will still be on the board at No. 10. He, along with Chance Warmack, are the top-two guard prospects, and some speculate they both could be gone by the time the Titans select.
Cooper would also provide an upgrade for an offensive line that allowed 39 sacks a season ago. Jake Locker has to stay upright to have any chance of developing in the NFL.
So all in all, Jonathan Cooper would be a good safe pick in the first round for the Titans. The skill positions are nearly all filled for Tennessee, and now it’s time they protect those weapons.
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