Thursday, March 8, 2012
McShay and Mel mock the Titans
By Paul Kuharsky
Lost in a day that was busy thanks to Peyton Manning were new mock drafts from Todd McShay and Mel Kiper .
Here’s the third of four team-by-team reviews.
20) Tennessee Titans
McShay: David DeCastro, guard, Stanford
“The Titans have three defensive ends set to become free agents, so that position could be an option here. In this scenario, though, DeCastro offers a big upgrade on the interior of the offensive line. He was the most dominant interior lineman in the nation in 2011, crushed the combine, is ready to start from Day 1 and has a chance to quickly become one of the premier guards in the league.”
“The Titans also need pass-rush help, but if things break this way, DeCastro represents tremendous value, and that offensive line could use the help after a year where the running game totally fell apart. DeCastro is the kind of player you can draft who won't get big headlines, but will pay immediate dividends because they can plug him in Week 1. Obviously, if a pass-rusher they like falls to No. 20, they could go that direction.”
Kuharsky: Maybe coach Mike Munchak and offensive line coach Bruce Matthews, Hall of Fame interior offensive linemen who were drafted high, change course. Maybe DeCastro is too good to pass up if he lasts to 20. But the Titans typically coach up later picks instead of spending them high on guards.