2014 NFL Draft: Tennessee Titans’ Early Seven-Round Mock
Tennessee Titans' Seven-Round Mock
Despite the Tennessee Titans sitting on the edge of the AFC playoff picture, it’s never too early to start looking towards the offseason and the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. There are numerous areas they must improve in, and there won’t be a better opportunity to get better than the draft.
Of those areas needing improvement, one of the biggest concerns is at left tackle. They’re set to lose starter Michael Roos in 2015 to free agency, but have a bigger problem in the fact that he’s constantly injured and is no longer a spring chicken. Unless they plan on bringing him back for more money than he deserves, they need to find his replacement now.
Despite their need at left tackle, the Titans still have other questions in need of answers. With Jake Locker failing to stay healthy through his third season with the team, questions are beginning to arise that they could move on at quarterback. The right tackle spot could also use some new blood with the starter also headed for free agency in 2015. Cornerback could also use some extra depth heading into 2014.
Either way, the Titans need to make the most of their draft picks in May. The 2014 NFL Draft will offer Tennessee an opportunity to upgrade their roster while addressing the problems that have cropped up during the season.
With that in mind, here’s a look at what the Titans could choose to do with their six current draft picks when the 2014 NFL Draft finally rolls around.
1st Round: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
At some point, the Titans will need to find their left tackle of the future. Roos is set to be a free agent in 2015, but is unlikely to be re-signed and is constantly landing on the injured list. With Scherff in the mix, they’d have a viable backup plan and option for the future. With the toughness of a bulldozing tackle and the athleticism of a tight end, the Iowa product has plenty to offer an NFL team. Once draft day rolls around, Scherff won’t last long and the Titans would be wise to scoop him up.
2nd Round: A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
Right now, the Titans are facing an uncertain future at quarterback. Locker was finally coming on in Year 3, but an injury brought that to a premature end. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a decent backup, but far from a long-term solution. That’s why Tennessee needs to add a new passer early when the draft rolls around. McCarron is a proven winner with plenty of poise and football IQ. His physical tools won’t overwhelm anyone, but he has a great understanding of the game and manages the game better than any of the Titan’s current quarterbacks.
4th Round: Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
The Titans could choose to move on from David Stewart, their right tackle, this offseason due to his price and injury history. Assuming that happens, they’ll need to go out and find a new right tackle to take his spot. Mewhort is a big, physical blocker who has the drive and strength to be a great fit on the right side. He doesn’t have the footwork or agility to play left tackle, where he lined up at Ohio State, in the NFL, but should be a quality run blocker at the next level.
5th Round: Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke
With Alterraun Verner set to be a free agent and some minor depth issues, the Titans could choose to spend a late-round pick on a cornerback. Cockrell is a promising young prospect who has the potential to develop into a solid contributor in Tennessee. He possesses great instincts and good closing speed, doing a good job of breaking on balls quickly. Cockrell needs to get much better at playing the run, but could become a reliable subpackage option for the Titans.
6th Round: Glenn Carson, ILB, Penn State
All season long, the Titans haven’t gotten great play from the middle linebacker spot. Colin McCarthy was a disappointment and Moise Fokou hasn’t been any better. If they want to add some competition at the spot, adding a youngster to the mix would help. Carson has been extremely productive during his three seasons as a starter, especially against the run. He’s a consistent linebacker, but lacks elite physical tools and that knack for making big plays.
7th Round: Allen Hurns, WR, Miami (FL)
More than likely, Kenny Britt won’t be with the Titans in 2014. If that’s the case, they’ll be looking to add more depth at the position to help whoever is under center moving forward. Hurns is a speedy wide receiver with the quickness to create sparks in the open field. While he doesn’t run very clean routes and doesn’t possess ideal size, Hurns has been productive at Miami (FL) and gives great effort regardless of the play call. He’s one worth taking a flier on for the Titans.