NFL Combine Preview

The Tennessee Titans are a new look team and organization, and we will get a glimpse of how the new staff will approach this season.

At No. 8, the Titans have an abundance of options, but where should they go?

Here is my opinion on the draft and the most suitable first round selections.

Blaine Gabbert – QB, Mizzouri

Now, this is all dependant on if Gabbert will make it to No. 8. He is considered by many as the top quarterback in the draft and has all of the essential tools. He made play after play at Mizzouri and has the size and arm strength to succeed at the next level. If Gabbert falls to Tennessee, this would be a no brainer to place a franchise tag on a quarterback who seems ready to step into the NFL spotlight quickly.

Prince Amukamara – CB, Nebraska

If there has been one sure thing in the draft over the past several years, it has been at the cornerback position. Players like Joe Haden of the Cleveland Browns have emerged quickly into the NFL and have shown that speed and athleticism can propel you into starting roles in the NFL. Amukamara may be faster than any player in the draft and we will see what his 40 time shows in the combine this weekend. If Amukamara tests as well as he shows, he would be an excellent fit for the Titans.

Robert Quinn – DE, North Carolina

After sitting out the past season, many have forgotten about the tear that Quinn went on during his 2009 campaign. Quinn is an absolute freak on the outside and his speed and athleticism at the defensive end position are nearly unmatched. Personally, I feel Quinn has as much of an upside of anyone in the draft and could easily prove to be the best player in the entire class. Tennessee has lacked a speed rusher since Jevon Kearse and with the addition of Derrick Morgan in last years class, the Titans could have one of the most feared pass rushes in the league down the road.

Julio Jones – WR, Alabama

It is no surprise that the Titans are in need of some assistance at wide out, and Jones could easily transition his game into the NFL. He has learned from Nick Saban over the past three years and his physical tools at the wide receiver position remind me of Dez Bryant out of Oklahoma State. If the other players listed are taken and Jones is still on the board, he could provide an instant deep threat to whoever the Titans have under center.

I also see the Titans possibly trying to make a move down the draft board to somewhere around No. 20, where it would make more sense to take a quarterback such as Ryan Mallett or Cameron Newton. I personally do not feel either of these quarterbacks have the worth or the ability to be a sure thing at the next level. Both players could easily produce down the road and be excellent starting quarterbacks, but each are not without their flaws. Newton has had some off the field issues but has shown he can look past those and win football games. Mallett may have the best arm in the draft, but his mistakes on the field may scare some NFL GM’s. I saw a quarterback who had trouble reading defenses at times and didn’t deliver the ball at the right time. There is no question that Mallett could hit any open reciever and get the ball there quickly, but I’m not sure if he will be able to decifer a defense pre-snap in the NFL.

We would love to hear your opinion on the draft pick, and who you are excited to see work out and who you would want at the No. 8 pick. We will be discussing the draft up until the clock stops, and want to hear your opinion on the selection.


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