On Thursday, April 26th the Titans will begin the NFL draft by picking in the 25th position due to their nice run into the second round of the playoffs. The Titans have done well in free agency and have put themselves in a position where they can truly pick the best player available in each round. This mock draft was done without trades since none of us really know what Trader Jon has up his sleeve. That being said, here is my perfect draft for the Titans:
Round 1 (25): Will Hernandez OG- UTEP
Hernandez is a 6’2”, 348lb mauler who was a four year starter at UTEP. He will battle Quinton Spain for the left guard spot. Hernandez should be an immediate starter and could be a perennial pro bowler. With Lewan, Conklin, and Hernandez, the Titans could have legitimate all-pro’s at three spots on the offensive line.
Round 2 (57): Lorenzo Carter OLB-Georgia
Carter was a five-star prospect coming out of high school but he never quite reached his potential in college. That being said, he is a dynamic playmaker who will potentially learn from Orakpo and Morgan how to be a quality NFL player. Carter has the size (6’6”) and speed (4.5) to be an edge rusher in the NFL and he should be able even cover tight ends when asked to do so. Carter will get on the field immediately as a rookie.
Round 3 (89): Tim Settle, DT- Virginia Tech
The signing of Bennie Logan makes this pick a little less likely however; the upside of Settle was too much to pass up. He is physical specimen at 6’3”, 335lbs and his strength, quickness, and agility is off the charts. Settle can play multiple positions along the defensive line and with the Titans depth, he can really learn and develop from some good players and be a starter for many years.
Round 4 (125): MJ Stewart, CB- North Carolina
Stewart is an interesting prospect and someone who fits very well into what Dean Pees is bringing to this defense. He can play man to man corner or can be switched into a safety role. He will initially be in line to back up Logan Ryan in the slot but could very well push Tye Smith and Leshaun Sims for playing time as well. The Titans continue to add athletes to their secondary.
Round 5 (162): Kalen Ballage, RB- Arizona State
Ballage split carries his senior year but still managed to score 14 touchdowns and caught 44 passes. At 6’1”, 227 lbs., at first look he will remind you of Eddie George and if the chips fall right for him he could develop into a very dangerous back in the NFL. For the time being, he will be the clear number 3 back behind Henry and Lewis but if the injury bugs hits one (or both) Ballage could step in and do some damage.
Round 6 (199): Cedrick Wilson, WR- Boise State
Cedrick Jr. is a true athlete who was a star high school quarterback. He only has four years’ experience at wide receiver but has the athletic ability to pull it off. At 6’3”, he has the size and needs to learn the nuances of what it takes to be a NFL receiver. If he can make the roster, it will initially be on special teams. If he does make the team, it could mean the end for someone like Campanaro but it’s always nice to have a third quarterback who could step in and run the wildcat in a pinch.