NFL Nation: Jake Lokcer

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.

Three things: Titans at Seahawks

August, 11, 2012
8/11/12
3:10
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Three things to pay special attention to in Titans at Seahawks tonight:

The quarterbacks, of course: In my thinking, Matt Hasselbeck won’t alter his standing much unless he’s bad in his starting stint against his former team. It’s Jake Locker who has more to gain in this circumstance -- he needs to show huddle command, accuracy and move the team well if he finds the offense in the red zone or a two-minute drill situation. Watch if he’s able to deliver short stuff to maximize the chances of the pass-catcher to turn and go, and if he throws as well to the left as to the right.

Tommie Campbell: He’s kind of in place and unquestioned as the third cornerback so far, and it’s good that the team feels confident in him. But we need to see the Titans in nickel, with Alterraun Verner shifted inside and Campbell taking his place playing with confidence, making good decisions and sticking with receivers or following his zone rules. Tied to that, do we see any of the guys behind him -- Terrence Wheatley, Coty Sensabaugh, Chris Hawkins, Ryan Mouton -- play well enough to be considered to be putting pressure on him.

Who rushes well? Coaches have downplayed the meaning of Pannel Egboh working ahead of Derrick Morgan with the starters. Morgan needs to play well in preseason chances and show he should be an unquestioned starter. Egboh’s in good shape, but translating practice success into games is a significant jump. Dave Ball won’t play, so rookie Scott Solomon and veterans Leger Douzable and Keyunta Dawson have chances to separate themselves for the fourth spot at defensive end.

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