This week, I was asked to participate in NFL Outsider’s “Offseason Roadmap” series. Along with fellow bloggers representing the other three AFC South teams, our 200-word (roughly) assignment was to rank the remaining offseason needs of the franchises we write about.
After the jump, here are my thoughts regarding the roadmap the Tennessee Titans should follow as they continue to fine-tune their roster in preparation for the 2009 NFL season.
Drexel of Total Titans counts down the team needs for the Titans:
3. Cornerback. Feisty Cortland Finnegan has become one of the league’s premier corners. Opposite of Finny is the rapidly aging Nick Harper, who will turn 35 later this year. The Titans would be wise to invest a high draft selection on Harper’s heir apparent. A future CB tandem consisting of Finnegan and perhaps a D.J. Moore or Alphonso Smith is an intriguing thought.
2. Wide receiver. Heading into free agency, signing a vertical threat was high on the Titans’ offseason priority list. The acquisition of Nate Washington should provide Kerry Collins with a dangerous player on the outside who is more than capable of being a source of recurring headaches for opposing defenders. If Nate isn’t enough, players such as Hakeem Nicks and Percy Harvin could be around at pick #30 in next month’s draft.
1. Defensive tackle. Thanks to the free-spending Washington Redskins, the Tennessee Titans are faced with the enormous task of replacing all-world defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. Signing Jovan Haye was a step in the right direction, but at 285 lbs, the Titans are still in need of a guy who can clog the middle on running downs. I’d love to see them draft Boston College’s Ron Brace, a 330 pounder who could be available in the second or third round.
For those of you interested in what the writers for the other AFC South teams had to say, here’s the link to the entire article.
How would you rank the Titans’ remaining offseason needs?