Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Kiper mock 1.0 reaction: Titans
By Paul Kuharsky
With the 11th pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Tennessee Titans select ... Taylor Lewan, offensive tackle, Michigan.
Well, so says Mel Kiper in his first mock draft .
Lewan would certainly fill a need. The Titans have to move on from the banged-up David Stewart, who is due a $6 million base salary.
But the Titans just spent a first-round pick on right guard Chance Warmack, 10th overall last season, as well as a fourth-rounder on center Brian Schwenke. Before that they signed free-agent left guard Andy Levitre to a six-year, $47 million contract with a $10.5 million signing bonus.
That's a ton of resources on the line.
Perhaps Lewan could be the right tackle for a year, then take over for Michael Roos at left tackle. That would make him more attractive, and make the pick more first-round worthy.
Still, I think the Titans need to be able to find a tackle outside of the first round considering the needs they have elsewhere.
Given the shape of Kiper's first round, I'd be more inclined to go with Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley for a hybrid defensive front that lacks playmakers.