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Tennessee Titans: 5 Fan Favorites They Should Select In 2014 NFL Draft

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5 Fan Favorites the Tennessee Titans Should Select in the 2014 NFL Draft

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The Tennessee Titans have to solve a lot of personnel problems in the 2014 NFL Draft after coming extremely close to making the NFL Playoffs, especially with the addition of new coach Ken Whisenhunt and the potentially free agency-inducing surgery to Chris Johnson. With a deep talent pool at many positions in this draft, could a few players from nearby universities make the cut?

Last season, the Titans surprised everyone by trading up to get former Tennessee Volunteers player Justin Hunter with the no. 1 pick of the second round. Questioned by many as a publicity move, Hunter immediately showed that he was worth it. Before a season-ending injury in college, he was considered a top-10 pick in the NFL Draft. Not only does he look like a solid NFL receiver going forward, but his ability to pull down a touchdown out of traffic was phenomenal. He wasn't the best rookie receiver in the NFL last season, but there is a ton of room for him to grow and he showed flashes of brilliance.

Is a story like that not what every college football fan dreams of for a top player from their favorite team? Whether you're a Vols fan, a Vanderbilt Commodores fan or even a Western Kentucky fan, there will be multiple opportunities for the Titans to select one of your favourite team's former stars in the 2014 draft.

Here are five fan favorites that the Titans might pursue in the 2014 NFL Draft who also could make an immediate impact on the team.

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5. Kenny Ladler

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Tennessee’s biggest question mark this season is their depth. Injuries crushed the Titans' chances at making the NFL Playoffs, and they have to start thinking towards the future. Ladler is a talented athlete with decent upside who could be picked in the fifth or sixth round. He may have gone unnoticed as a member of the Commodores by most of the country, but he made the first-team All-SEC. Being from Nashville, Titans management will be well aware of that.

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4. Antonio Andrews

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With surgery likely meaning that Chris Johnson will enter free agency, the Titans will turn to Shonn Greene and will be in need of a solid backup. Andrews has been an absolute beast for Western Kentucky and could be selected anywhere from the sixth round to being signed in free agency. Tennessee could get a steal from a school with a large local fanbase.

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3. Daniel McCullers

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The Titans’ biggest weakness last season was their run defense. McCullers is a big defensive lineman that can stuff gaps. At 6-foot-7 and 348 pounds, he could make a huge impact immediately. Hailing from Rocky Top, he would quickly become a fan favorite.

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2. Jordan Matthews

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Mark my words: Jordan Matthews will be an elite NFL wide receiver one day. He’s had enormous success with a Vanderbilt team that has traditionally been a run-first college football team. How crazy would the Titans’ offense be with Justin Hunter, Kendall Wright and Matthews sprinting into the secondary?

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1. Antonio Richardson

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As Tennessee looks to take their team from a middle-of-the-pack NFL team to a playoff contender, a huge key will be the addition of depth at crucial positions like the offensive line. Who better to pick than a Tennessee Volunteer who has likely fallen to the second round after starting the season as a top-10 pick?