Draft day is less than a week away and as the case with most of you, I’ve absorbed more than my fair share of mock drafts.
Armchair general managers have attempted to get into the head of GM Mike Reinfeldt in their efforts to predict the outcome of the Tennessee Titans’ selections next weekend.
Move over, Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and countless others: it’s my turn to play GM in the quest to guess what the Titans will do on draft day.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my seven round mock draft for the Tennessee Titans.
First Round: Alphonso Smith CB Wake Forest
This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, considering this is the guy Andrew and I chose in a recent MVN Outsider Mock Draft.
What the diminutive Smith lacks in size, he more than makes up for with his impressive playmaking ability. In addition to making the lives miserable of opposing quarterbacks, Smith isn’t afraid to get his uniform dirty playing the run.
Coming off of abdominal surgery while also approaching the age of 35, veteran starting CB Nick Harper isn’t going to play forever. Drafting Phonso would provide the Titans with a long-term starter opposite of the emerging Cortland Finnegan and a short-term bandaid if Harper is still feeling the ill-effects of his surgical procedure.
Second Round: Brian Robiskie WR Ohio State
Robiskie has the intangibles and the pedigree to become a solid WR in the NFL one day. He isn’t the fastest of guys, but he’s sure-handed, a good blocker and runs great routes.
Sure, his forty-yard dash times are pedestrian compared to the blazing performances of Darrius Heyward-Bey and Percy Harvin. However, Robiskie is a player who is much further along than the two aforementioned players in terms of knowing how to play the WR position.
Brian would be a solid value for the Titans in the second round, IMO.
Third Round: Jason Williams OLB Western Illinois
As we’ve mentioned more than a few times on this site, the Titans are in need of someone to groom as a future starter at OLB.
Enter Western Illinois’ Jason Williams. Despite not receiving an invite to this year’s NFL Combine, ”J-Will” has become one of the draft’s most talked about prospects as a result of his stellar private workouts with almost half of the league’s teams, including the Tennessee Titans.
Jason’s combination of college production and impressive workout numbers could result in the Titans scooping him up in the third round.
Fourth Round (1): James Davis RB Clemson
Davis is tough, physical runner who would provide a powerful punch to the Titans’ rushing attack. With LenDale White entering a contract season, a guy such as Davis could emerge as Smash’s eventual replacement.
Fourth Round (2) Joel Bell OT Furman
Daniel Loper’s departure has created a void at backup tackle. Mike Otto is still around but at this point in his career, he’s done nothing to distinguish himself as a bonefide player on the NFL level.
As I mentioned in a recent article, Bell is an intriguing guy with good size and athleticism who would provide the Titans with some depth at the tackle position.
Fifth Round: Roy Miller DT Texas
Miller is a high-character guy who produced on the college-level, but due to his perceived lack of upside, isn’t a highly regarded pro prospect.
Despite the lack of love from the scouts, Miller is exactly the kind of player who could easily outperform everyone’s expectations.
Sixth Round (1): Davon Drew TE/HB East Carolina
Due to Bo Scaife’s unhappiness with the franchise tag, I wouldn’t be shocked at all if the Titans draft his potential future replacement.
Selecting a guy from East Carolina worked well for the Titans last year, so hopefully, Drew can join Chris Johnson as the second consecutive ex-Pirate to make an impact in Nashville.
Sixth Round (2): Brandon Swain DE West Texas A&M
A potential small-school gem, Swain could become a nice developmental project at DE.
Here’s another reason why I like this kid:
DraftSeason: Which current NFL player would you most compare yourself too?
Brandon: I would compare myself to Keith Bulluck LB for the Titans. Because he always makes plays and puts stats up, but people never talk about him as one of the best linebackers in the league.
Mike Reinfeldt, I hope your paying attention.
Seventh Round (1): Cecil Newton C Tennessee State
Newton’s another small-school guy with the potential to develop into a player in the future. He’d provide the Titans with some young depth at the center position.
Seventh Round (2): Frantz Joseph MLB Florida Atlantic
A guy that Andrew mentioned in a recent article, Joseph is a physical guy who produced against lesser competition. He’s a very instinctive player with the smarts to play the MLB position in the pros, but his inability to cover the pass is why he could slip to lower rounds of the draft.
Ok, Titan fans: What do you think of the picks? If you don’t agree with the players I selected, feel free to post your own mock draft selections in the comments’ section of this article.