One of the most important and overlooked aspects of every NFL team is their depth. Injuries are a part of the game and can mean the difference between going to the NFL Playoffs and finishing less than .500.
This season, the Tennessee Titans are 3–3. They should have won against both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks, but because of an injury to starting quarterback Jake Locker, Ryan Fitzpatrick entered the game. Fitzpatrick is the most turnover-prone quarterback in the league. Before he joined the Titans, he had thrown 92 touchdowns to 81 interceptions.
The Titans are a young team with an extremely talented defense. They have some of the best young weapons at wide receiver in the NFL and look like a playoff bound team. However, it won’t matter if Fitzpatrick continues to turn the ball over. At the end of the season, they must address their issues with a backup quarterback.
With the 2014 NFL Draft coming up, the Titans should draft another quarterback to back up Locker. Locker is clearly Tennessee’s player of the future, but because of his mobility, injury is a significant threat to the success of this young team. The incoming quarterback class is one of the deepest that has been available in a while, and the Titans should try to benefit from that.
The Titans don’t have to pick a quarterback early on in the draft. Tennessee could wait until the fourth or so round and draft a potential NFL star in San Jose State Spartans QB David Fales, Fresno State Bulldogs’ QB Derek Carr or even LSU Tigers‘ QB Zach Mettenberger. Jordan Lynch, quarterback for the Northern Illinois Huskies, is another good fit for the Titans because of his similarity to Locker with the run game.
Tennessee has to address its lack of talented depth at quarterback, and the 2014 NFL Draft is ideal the time to do so.