Since the team moved to Tennessee 12 years ago, it has drafted 14 offensive linemen. With ten picks in the 2009 draft, odds are they should draft at least one this year, especially since 38-year old Kevin Mawae and guard Eugene Amano are in contract years.
Leroy Harris is the heir apparent to Mawae and should also compete with Amano for the left guard position this year, but there’s nobody noteworthy behind those three on the interior line depth chart. The Titans will try to remedy that situation this weekend.
They will probably also seek some competition for second-year reserve tackle Mike Otto to replace departed T/G Daniel Loper.
With a need for depth across the line, the prospects I’ve focused on here either have the experience or ability, or both, to play multiple positions on the line. These are some guys I believe have a chance.
G/T Andy Levitre 6’3″, 305 Oregon State
He’s played every position on the line but center, mainly left tackle. Projected to be a guard at the pro level, he may possibly be the first guard selected on Saturday. Very strong and intelligent. Uses good technique. Tough and nasty. Levitre met with the Titans at the combine. O-line coach Mike Munchak ought to love this guy.
C/G Antoine Caldwell 6’3″, 309 Alabama
One of the top five in this year’s outstanding class of centers, he’s also started some games at guard and tackle. Intelligent, quick, tough and athletic. Good technique. Only had 23 bench press reps at the combine, will need to gain some strength to match the power of the strongest DTs.
C/G Jonathan Luigs 6’4″, 301 Arkansas
Similar strong points to Caldwell’s. His excellent quickness might make him better at guard, where he’s had seven starts. Intelligent and savvy. He needs to improve his lower-body strength. I enjoyed watching both him and Caldwell in the SEC.
T/G Fenuki Tupou 6’5″, 314 Oregon
Physical and nasty but lacks quickness and athleticism. A college tackle who might be better suited as a guard.
T/G Robert Brewster 6’4″, 325 Ball State
Another college tackle whose best chance in the NFL might be at guard. Has good quickness for a man his size but may need to get stronger.
G/T Matt Slauson 6’5″, 316 Nebraska
Good size and strength. Has played both tackle spots and right guard, is projected as a guard.
C/G Cecil Newton 6’2″, 294 Tennessee State
Strong and athletic, has the frame to add some weight and muscle mass. Has the quickness to be converted to guard. Visited the Titans as a local prospect. Selected in Drexel’s mock draft.
C/G Alex Fletcher 6’2″, 297 Stanford
Good upper-body strength. Smart, tough and physical. Has played center and both guard spots.
G/T Seth Olsen 6’5″, 306 Iowa
Strong and physical. Has short area quickness. Good technician. Has started at both guard positions and at left tackle. He seems to be a swingman like Loper in that he can backup the vital left tackle position.
T/G Ryan Stanchek 6’4″, 298 West Virginia
Tough as nails. A tweener. May need to switch from tackle to guard.
That’s it, folks. What do you think of these, and other, o-line prospects?