Were only a couple of weekends away from one of the leagues most anticipated offseason events: the NFL Draft.
During this time of the year, NFL fans are bombarded with a seemingly unlimited amount of mock drafts. Fans, prognosticators and armchair general managers voice their draft-related opinions in the form of the mock draft. Team needs and prior offseason moves are taken into consideration as experts attempt to predict the players franchises will select during the final weekend of April.
Here is one mans take on what the Titans will do on draft day:
1st Round- Limas Sweed WR Texas This shouldnt be a surprise to anyone, considering Sweed was the guy I chose for the Titans in a mock draft conducted about a month ago. Limas has a good size and speed combination and his rapport with ex-college teammate and current Titans quarterback Vince Young makes Sweed a logical pick at #24.
2nd Round- Jason Jones DE Eastern Michigan Jones is an athletic specimen who is moving up the boards as we get closer to the draft. At 65 273 pounds, Jones is a playmaking defensive end prospect who has a good burst and a nice motor to go along with his God-given athletic abilities. Jones, who also played some defensive tackle in college, is defined as a hard-worker with a great attitude, and would be an intriguing addition to a Titan defensive line that lost two key contributors (Antwan Odom and Travis Laboy) to free agency. The Titans have already displayed some level of interest in Jones, who is one of the draft prospects that will be in town to visit with Titan-management.
3rd Round- Frank Okam DT Texas From a physical standpoint, Okam (65 347 pounds) is a first round talent. Tagged with the dreaded underachiever label, Okam is a guy who could flourish under the right coaching and in Jim Washburn, the Titans have someone who is more than capable of helping Okam realize his vast potential. The departure of Randy Starks via free agency opens up a need for another body at the DT position. Referring to Okam as a big body is an understatement, and with his talent, he could eventually develop into a starter in this league.
4th Round- Brian Johnston DE Gardner-Webb Johnstons a high-motor guy from a little known school who could be a sleeper in this years draft. Johnston has good size (65 274 pounds) and doesnt stop playing until the whistle blows. Despite the acquisition of Jevon Kearse, I still believe that DE is a position that the Titans must fortify with the addition of some good young talent. Drafting Jones and Johnston would provide the Titans with the presence of two hard-working/high-motor youngsters with the ability to become solid players in this league.
4th Round (Compensation pick)-Mike Hart RB Michigan There has already been talk that running back is a direction the Titans may take in this years draft. Hart is a little guy with a huge heart who has good vision and has displayed the ability to run in between the tackles. He also produced good numbers at a big-time college program. Hart is a player who is probably going to be overlooked as a result of his small stature. If he is available in the fourth round, Id love to see the Titans select him
5th Round- Jordan Grimes OG Purdue Grimes is a bruising guard with a mean-streak. His skills arent well suited to a pass-oriented attack but in the Titans run-centered offense, he could develop as a source of depth on a Titan offensive line that lost both its starting guards this offseason.
7th Round- Brian Witherspoon CB Stillman Speed kills in the NFL and Witherspoon has plenty of it. Timed at a blazing 4.29 in the forty yard dash, Witherspoon is an intriguing athlete who is also capable of making an impact on special teams as a returner. Witherspoon is a long shot but as a result of his speed, he is worth taking a look at in the last round of the draft. That concludes my initial Tennessee Titan mock draft. Feel free to add your own views and mock draft selections in the comments portion of this article.