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 Post subject: Team Needs: Tennessee Titans
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:49 pm 
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NEEDS RATING KEY

5.0 - High priority. This is a position that is a glaring weakness and there is the likelihood that this team cannot compete next year without making a major addition here.

4.0 - Medium Priority. This is an area that is an obvious weakness, but the team isn't quite desperate to make a major move here possibly because they have some young potential. But this is an area that if the team cannot fix via free agency, will definitely use one of their picks in the first three or four rounds to supplement.

3.0 - Upgrade Potential. This is a position that isn't a weakness per se, but there is significant room for an upgrade. If the right player comes along they will certainly snag him, but if they don't fix this position with a major free agent addition or early round pick, then it's not the end of the world.

2.0 - Depth Need. An area where there is a need to add depth. Perhaps there is an aging veteran and they might want to start to look at grooming his heir apparent or replacement. Not likely to be a high priority and a position that more than likely will be address in the middle and late rounds rather than with a top pick.

1.0 - Future Need. This is an area that is not a priority, and doesn't initially appear as a need. But there is some room to develop some depth for perhaps two or more years down the line. This is usually an area that a team will look at in the late rounds if at all.

0.0 - Non-need. This is a position that is a strength of their team, they have a solid starter, capable depth, and/or a young player at the position that they like and want to develop. Very little possibility this area is addressed and would be the equivalent of a wasted draft pick.

Top 7 Needs

1. QB - 4.5
2. OG - 3.0
3. CB - 2.5
4. S - 2.0
5. RB - 2.0
6. WR - 2.0
7. OC - 2.0

Position by Position Breakdown

Quarterback - The team has already announced their decision that Vince Young won't be back next year, which means they will be on the lookout for a new quarterback to develop for the future. Kerry Collins is a free agent, but they'll likely try and retain him for one more year. With their high draft position, they are in a good spot to use one of the first picks at the position and find their heir apparent. NEED: 4.5

Running Back - Chris Johnson is still one of the best in the league, although his production tailed off significantly this year. The team got some production from backup Javon Ringer, but they were among the league's worst as far as short-yardage production goes. So adding a power back probably makes sense to make up for the departure of LenDale White from a year ago. NEED: 2.0

Fullback - Ahmard Hall is one of the more underrated fullbacks in the league, and is a free agent, so he should be back at a reasonable price. NEED: 0.5

Wide Receiver - It doesn't seem likely given his limited production that the team is going to bring back Randy Moss, a free agent. Between Nate Washington, Kenny Britt, Justin Gage, and the emerging Damian Williams they are fine here. But since they brought in Moss in the first place, one imagines they aren't super-confident here and probably will seek to use another draft pick on a playmaker to help out depth. NEED: 2.0

Tight End - Scaife is a productive receiver and blocker, but he's a free agent. The team may not bring him back since Jared Cook has shown flashes of brilliance. If Scaife does walk, then they'll likely address their depth here near the end of the draft. If they keep him, then they are fine for the future. NEED: 1.0

Offensive Tackle - Two years ago, Michael Roos was one of the league's best left tackles, but this past year he struggled, giving up 10 sacks. On the other side David Stewart is a capable and one of the better right tackles in the biz. But the decline of both players means that there is some need to add an insurance policy. Troy Kropog was a fourth round pick in 2009, but he's only seen limited minutes. NEED: 1.5

Offensive Guard - Starter Leroy Harris is a free agent, but should be brought back if for no other reason than he is very valuable depth because he can play all three interior positions. But his first year as a starter wasn't a truly productive one, and the team will likely seek to bring in some depth to push him for his role. Jake Scott is a capable starter on the other side, but was flagged 10 times this past season, not a good number. NEED: 3.0

Center - The healthy return of Eugene Amano should help here, but Amano did not solidify this spot like they had with Kevin Mawae, so there is certainly room for improvement. The team could move him back to guard. But neither Fernando Velasco or Kevin Matthews appear to be strong candidates to step in if that move happens. So the Titans could be in the position to draft some middle or late round insurance at this position to develop for the future. NEED: 2.0

Defensive Tackle - Jason Jones emerged as one of their best defensive players this year. And with Tony Brown, Sen'Derrick Marks, and Jovan Haye, their rotation and depth is pretty strong. They usually will always be on the lookout for more talent and depth to add here. Especially since Haye, a big money signing they made in 2009 hasn't been as productive as they'd like (0.5 sacks in 2 seasons). So there is room to replace him, but that is only a depth need. NEED: 1.5

Defensive End - The Titans have a fairly deep rotation of five guys, and three of them are free agents: Jason Babin, Jacob Ford, and Dave Ball. Babin and Ball were the team's best pass rushers this year with 12.5 and 7 sacks, respectively. The team got little from Derrick Morgan this year due to injury, and his return next year means that the team doesn't need to bend over backwards for the contract demands of all three. But expect at least two of the three to return. Babin's production might price him out of their range. NEED: 1.0

Linebacker - Top tackler Stephen Tulloch is a free agent, and should be one of their off-season priorities to re-sign. Outside linebacker David Thornton is also a free agent, but he sat out the whole season and shoudln't be back with Gerald McRath emerging in his place as a viable replacement. Their depth seems capable with Rennie Curran and Colin Allred working behind Will Witherspoon, although it wouldn't hurt to add more in the latter part of the draft. NEED: 1.5

Cornerback - Alterraun Verner was one of the best rookies in the league and coupled with emerging Jason McCourty, and area of weakness going into the season doesn't seem so much next year. Cortland Finnegan did not have a great season, but the team likes his toughness. 2011 will be his contract year, and while the team can be somewhat confident Verner and McCourty can be their starters going forward, they definitely will need to add some depth/insurance in the draft. NEED: 2.5

Safety - Both starters Chris Hope and Michael Griffin are entering contract years in 2011. Griffin is a playmaker, but has his lapses in coverage. But he'll only be 26 next season while Hope will be 31, and he's the smarter long-term investment despite Hope being the better and more reliable player. If that is the case, it's a smart move by the Titans to try and find Hope's replacement in this year's draft. NEED: 2.0

Kicker - Bironas has the big leg and accuracy and should expect to be a Titan for a very long time. NEED: 0.0

Punter - Kern's contract is up, but he's young with promise, so they should lock him up long-term. NEED: 1.0

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