Monday, April 8, 2013
Titans, Colts, Texans want QBs to go early
By Paul Kuharsky
The Tennessee Titans have serious crushes on the top quarterbacks in this draft.
They love Geno Smith; they don’t see how a team can pass on him. Matt Barkley? He’s tremendous. The Bills would be crazy not to draft Ryan Nassib, and the Titans aren’t thinking second round, though that would be OK.
No, the Titans aren’t in the market for themselves.
At No. 10, Tennessee could take a guard or a pass-rusher. Of course, the Titans can surprise us with something else entirely. To maximize what they have to choose from, they want stuff coming off the board ahead of them that they aren’t interested in.
And they are completely behind Jake Locker as their starter -- whether you think that’s a smart judgment or not.
So the Titans surely hope their division rival Jacksonville Jaguars find an alternative to Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne, that Cleveland’s new regime lacks confidence in Brandon Weeden, that Buffalo isn’t so big on Kevin Kolb and that even with Mark Sanchez and David Garrard the Jets fall in love with another quarterback at No. 9.
I still feel like the most likely scenario is that only one quarterback goes in the top 10, maybe none. Tennessee prefers the over.
The Colts (at No. 24) and the Texans (at No. 27) don’t need the top quarterbacks to disappear quite so soon, but as they aren’t looking for signal-callers, they’d be happy with an early run on the position, too.