2014 NFL Draft: 5 Players the Tennessee Titans Must Avoid

2014 NFL Draft: 5 Players the Tennessee Titans Must Avoid

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The Tennessee Titans have the No. 11 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but the issues with the team will not be fixable with just one new player. After last season’s disappointment with injuries and special team errors causing them to not make the playoffs, the Titans will feel like they can do it this season. But they will have to make near perfect draft day decisions, and here are five players the Titans must avoid in the 2014 NFL Draft.

5. CB Justin Gilbert – Oklahoma State

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5. CB Justin Gilbert – Oklahoma State

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As much as the Titans may need a new CB after the departure of Alterraun Verner, a pass-rusher is far more necessary. With the cornerbacks available, Tennessee could get at least a part-time starter in the second round.

4. RB Jeremy Hill – LSU

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4. RB Jeremy Hill – LSU

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Even if Chris Johnson stays, which I think he will, Tennessee will need a new running back. However, there are talented running backs in the NFL who were picked late in the draft. The Titans would be making a mistake to waste a draft pick on any big, tough back, because they already have Shonn Greene.

3. K Chris Boswell – Rice

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3. K Chris Boswell – Rice

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With Rob Bironas gone, Tennessee needs a new kicker. With a few talented kickers in this draft, Boswell is predicted to be drafted first. Unfortunately, his weaknesses outweigh his strengths, and the Titans should look elsewhere.

2. WR Mike Evans – Texas A&M

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2. WR Mike Evans – Texas A&M

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Some mock drafts have Evans as the Titans' selection. Tennessee does not need a receiver this early in the draft with their talented young receiving corps. They could easily get a talented receiver like Jordan Matthews later in the draft.

1. Any QB Not Named Connor Shaw

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1. Any QB Not Named Connor Shaw

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No matter how many Tennessee fans complain about Jake Locker, whoever they get in this draft would be even worse. The only good quarterbacks will be long gone by the time they can pick at No. 11. I excluded Shaw because he’s a fantastic quarterback who would fit perfectly into the Titans’ system, especially with the prospect of at least three or four years of development.


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