2014 NFL Draft: Tennessee Titans Must Find New QB

By Jack Delaney
Jake Locker 2015 Option
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It isn’t surprising that the Tennessee Titans did not exercise their option to extend Jake Locker through 2015, but this now forces the Titans to find a new signal caller in the 2014 NFL Draft.

When you picture NFL teams that need a new quarterback, the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns are the first organizations that come to mind. With the 11th pick in the first round of the draft, however, the Titans could very realistically draft a potential franchise quarterback.

Not adding the option on Locker shows that Tennessee does not have its full support behind the injury-prone quarterback, and this is a make-or-break year for the 25-year-old signal caller.

While Locker wasn’t as highly touted as Andrew Luck, his ability as a dual-threat quarterback was able to draw the interest of several teams. For his final season as the starting quarterback for the Washington Huskies in 2010, Locker totaled 2,265 passing yards, completed 17 touchdown passes, had nine interceptions, 385 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns.

It appeared that he could have a promising career with the Titans, but injuries have prevented the young signal caller from ever making an impact.

In three seasons, Locker has never played more than 11 games. He can look phenomenal at times, such as passing for 326 yards and throwing two touchdown passes against the seventh-ranked pass defense of the San Francisco 49ers in 2013, but Locker cannot stay on the field enough to prove that he deserves a starting role.

If the Titans do draft a quarterback in the first round, the most likely player to be added to the roster will be Blake Bortles. He is considered the most complete quarterback in this draft, and he is also considered less of a risk than Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater. If Tennessee waits to select a new field general, it can most likely scoop up Derek Carr with the 10th pick in the second round. Without a third-round pick, the team will jump on a quarterback very early.

Now that all the cards on the table, no one should be surprised when the Titans select a quarterback in the first or second round.

Jack Delaney is a fantasy football writer for Rantsports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @jackbmore13, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google

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