I was recently asked to participate in an interblog mock draft on a Seahawks blog, to make the selection for the Titans with the 30th pick. This is what I wrote about my selection, cornerback D.J. Moore from Vanderbilt.
Former Titans general manager Floyd Reese used to say that you got true value out of a draft pick when the selection was both the best player available and also happened to fill a position of need. I’m very surprised that D.J. Moore is still available at #30 in this mock draft and that the Ravens blogger selected Sean Smith at #26 rather than Moore, who is clearly the best cornerback, if not the best player, on the board.The Titans have a real need at corner. They’re in good shape with Pro Bowler Cortland Finnegan on the right side but left corner Nick Harper will be 35 years old in September and his skills are declining. To complicate matters, the Titans’ nickelback, #3 corner and #4 corner are all approaching free agency and it’s doubtful if all three can be re-signed. For the purposes of this mock, it makes sense to select a cornerback, especially when one with Moore’s skill set is available.Moore is a very athletic corner who, in addition to his stellar play at corner, was utilized by Vandy as a punt returner, kick returner and as a wide receiver on offense. He’s one of those guys that is a threat to score any time he gets his hands on the ball, which is why the Commodores used him in all those roles. If Moore actually falls to #30 in April’s draft, he’d be a great asset for the Titans.