Thursday, April 24, 2014
Analyzing McShay mock: Titans
By Paul Kuharsky
The Titans pick 11th in the first round of the NFL draft. Their biggest position of need, running back, doesn’t have a consensus first-rounder and they won’t be taking one in the first round.
That leaves the team options at a ton of other spots with no glaring need.
Todd McShay’s newest mock draft isn’t based on what he thinks will happen, but what he would do for each team if he were making its pick.
He goes a different direction than anyone has gone in any mock draft I’ve seen for Tennessee.
McShay’s pick in this mock is Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, the first cornerback to come off the board, seven picks ahead of Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert.
ESPN.com’s Scouts Inc. rates Dennard as the draft’s top cornerback and say he is elite in instincts and recognition:
“Outstanding natural instincts in coverage. Has fast eyes and trusts his eyes. Diagnoses things very quickly. Effectively reads quarterbacks' eyes and receivers' routes. Rarely out of position.”
Dennard gets a grade of 91, while Justin Gilbert gets a 90 and ranks second among corners.