Defensive End: The Tennessee Titans’ biggest draft need?

Depending on the outcome of a coin flip, the Tennessee Titans will be on the clock with the 16th or 17th pick in April’s 2010 NFL Draft. According to early mock drafters, the Titans would be wise to invest in the defensive end position with their first pick. Considering the questionable returns of veterans Kyle Vanden Bosch and Jevon Kearse and a decrease in sack production last year, draft prognosticators, at least in the early going of the process that culminates in April, are convinced that DE is the way to go with the Titans’ first selection. Personally, I have mixed feelings about the Titans possibly going in the direction of DE with their first round pick. Maybe that’s because I’m high on the continued development of William “Big Play” Hayes, who, contrary to Mel Kiper’s anything but lofty expectations, appears to be headed towards establishing himself as a pretty solid player in this league. Opposite of him is sack specialist Jacob Ford, who isn’t strong against the run but is more than capable of getting after opposing signal-callers. Another reason why I’m not that comfortable with selecting a DE in the first round is the possibility that there are greater area of needs on the defensive side of the football. Considering Nick Harper’s decline, the team may decide to venture towards the CB position to fuflill the team’s 1st round needs. Another possibility is DT, where Albert Haynesworth’s absence probably served as the biggest reason for the team’s decline in the sack category in 2009. If there’s a penetrating DT with the size to take up blockers while opening up opportunities for the likes of Ford and Hayes at DE, the Titans may not want to pass up on the opportunity to secure the services of that type of impact player. So what do you think, guys? What are your thoughts/opinions towards the “experts” belief that DE is the team’s biggest need that should be solved with the Titans’ first-round selection?

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