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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Analyzing McShay mock 4.0: Titans

By Paul Kuharsky

The Tennessee Titans have the 11th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft after finishing 7-9 in 2014. The big need is running back, but he won’t arrive in the first round.

The Titans have a plan going forward with Jake Locker as their starting quarterback. They aren’t in dire need at any position, and have a lot of freedom in the first round, so I could see them taking a linebacker, a defensive lineman, a cornerback, a tight end, a receiver or even an offensive tackle.

Todd McShay’s fourth 2014 NFL mock draft is out on ESPN Insider today and his choice is …

… Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

It’s not impossible, but I really don’t get the sense the Titans are in love with a quarterback in the top group or feel it’s the direction to go with their first-round pick. If Bridgewater is there, I expect their hope would be to make a deal with a quarterback-needy team that didn’t take one ahead of them.

Three years is a long time, but Locker didn’t start as a rookie and has missed 14 starts over the last two years with injuries.

Ruston Webster is a patient general manager who's leading a team that wants to give Locker one big, final chance to play a 16-game season and seize the job. Drafting Bridgewater would complicate things for new coach Ken Whisenhunt by starting the clock on another young quarterback.

Of the guys remaining on the board in this McShay scenario, I suspect the pick would be one of three players: Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert, Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald or Michigan tackle Tayler Lewan.