2014 NFL Draft: Tennessee Titans’ 5 Dark Horse 1st-Round Targets

Tennessee Titans: 5 Dark Horse 1st-Round Targets for the 2014 NFL Draft

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The Tennessee Titans select 11th in the upcoming NFL Draft and, picking at such a high spot, they figure to have their choice of top prospects. The Titans have some holes to fill -- trying to replace Alterraun Verner at cornerback, finding a true 3-4 NT and rush OLB for their new defensive scheme, as well as a running back to replace recently released Chris Johnson. Click through the slideshow to find out the dark horses they may look at.

5.) Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

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5.) Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

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While the consensus seems to be that Darqueze Dennard and Justin Gilbert are the top two corners likely to come off the board on the first day of the draft, cornerback can be one of the more difficult positions to forecast given how each corner has to fit into a team's individual defensive scheme. Roby could end up being the best corner in the draft, with ideal size and speed, but he's had bouts with inconsistency.

4.) Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

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4.) Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

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The pundits seem to be split on Anthony Barr. At one time considered a surefire top-five pick, Barr's stock has appeared all over the board since the season ended. While many believe, with his athleticism, Barr can make the successful transition from OLB to DE in the NFL, there are many more who think Barr's ideal spot will be as a pass-rushing OLB in a 3-4. With the Titans making the switch to that scheme, Barr could be a good fit here.

3.) Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

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3.) Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

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While the Titans signed Michael Oher this offseason to play right tackle, left tackle Michael Roos is 31 and a free agent next season. Depending on what their future plans with Roos are, Tennessee could opt for Martin, who could go anywhere between 10 and 20 on the first day. Martin's reliability is his top selling point and his ability to play all over the line would also be a boon to a Titans team that's struggled with their line depth.

2.) C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

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2.) C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

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The Titans signed Wesley Woodyard to occupy one of the two MLB spots in their new 3-4 formation, but it remains to be seen whether Colin McCarthy is the answer next to him. Mosley is regarded as one of the top 10-15 players in this draft and, if he makes it to 11, the Titans could opt for him in a nice marriage of best player available and filling a need. Drafting Mosley would help shore up the Titans' run defense, which gave them issues in 2013.

1.) Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

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1.) Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

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While this seems like more of a gratuitous pick than anything else, there's still a distinct possibility that the Titans could be tempted to select Ebron. Even with Delanie Walker occupying the TE spot, new coach Ken Whisenhunt employed quite a few two-TE sets in Arizona and San Diego, so it might not be that big of a surprise if the Titans selected an offensive weapon like Ebron, who could create matchup nightmares for opposing defenses.






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