Thursday, March 13, 2014
Analyzing Kiper 3.0: Titans
By Paul Kuharsky
Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.'s pick for the Tennessee Titans in two earlier mock drafts, moves up two spots in version 3.0.
This time around Kiper projects UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr to Tennessee. Barr has become the standard default pick for the Titans.
I like this pick better that Lewan for Tennessee.
The Titans are going to be a hybrid defense, shifting toward a 3-4. Akeem Ayers translates as does Kamerion Wimbley, but Wimbley is expensive with a $7.8 million cap charge and a $6 million base. He may need to take a pay reduction to stick around. Cutting him would save $2.4 million.
Barr projects as a 3-4 outside linebacker and has a connection to the Titans. New linebackers coach Lou Spanos was Barr’s defensive coordinator at UCLA.
Barr is agile and fast and has excellent pass-rushing attributes that include long arms and great athleticism. If he's on the board at No. 11, I think he's a guy the Titans will seriously consider in the spot.
Kiper has Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley still on the board when the Titans pick, and I see them as possibilities as well.