- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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I asked Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com's senior analyst, to share his thoughts on the Tennessee Titans in the first round given these parameters -- their primary needs are wide receiver, cornerback and defensive tackle or outside linebacker.
Here's what Rang had to say in our e-mail exchange:
WR: Remains an area of need for this team, though they have refused to spend a 1st round pick on this area since Kevin Dyson... Florida's Percy Harvin makes the most sense due to his speed and agility. North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks has the body control and sneaky speed to make big plays in an offense that forces the safeties to come up against the run. Even Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey, who remains a bit of a track star in shoulder pads, could be a Bernard Berrian-like big-play threat on the outside.
CB: At this point it looks like the top three CBs -- Malcolm Jenkins, Vontae Davis, D.J. Moore -- will be long gone. The others have speed or size questions. Utah's Sean Smith could move up with a strong workout, as could two other western corners flying up the board -- Oregon's Darius Byrd and San Jose State's Coye Francies -- each offer a presence in tight man coverage that make them a nice fit in Tennessee.
DT: Evander "Ziggy" Hood is big and athletic enough to make some sense for the Titans at this point in the draft, but certainly wouldn't come close to matching the production lost if Big Albert [Haynesworth] left.
OLB: Good value late in the first round at outside linebacker... The Titans are willing to gamble on small school and intangible guys more than other teams, meaning that Northern Illinois' Larry English and USC's Clay Matthews, Jr. make some sense.