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A closer look at three-round draft position

2/4/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans draft 11th in the first round on May 8, but they won't be 11th in every round.

Tennessee is one of four teams that finished 7-9 in 2013.

The tie-breaker for those four teams is strength-of-schedule. So the Lions draft first of the group in the first round, because their opponents in 2013 had a winning percentage of .457. The Titans are second (.504), the Giants are third (.520) and the Rams are fourth (.551).

In the second round, the Titans move up a spot to 10th in the round, 42nd overall. The Lions go to the back of the line and the Giants and Rams each move up a notch, too.

In the third round, Tennessee's pick is 13th -- 77th overall.

But that pick now belongs to the 49ers.

The Titans moved up from 40th to 34th in the second round in 2013 to draft University of Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter, sending San Francisco the 40th pick, the 216th pick (a seventh-rounder) and their 2014 third-rounder.

The Titans will continue to rotate with the Lions, Giants and Rams throughout the draft. But specific position beyond the third round can't be spelled out until compensatory picks are awarded.

Those come after the third, fourth, fifth and sixth rounds, as well as at the end of the seventh. Last year compensatory picks were announced on March 18.

They are based on a team's gains versus losses in free agency the prior year. Given that the Titans spent a lot on a number of players who played a great deal, my unscientific prediction is that the Titans won't net any picks.

The Titans additions included left guard Andy Levitre, tight end Delanie Walker, strong safety Bernard Pollard, defensive tackle Sammie Hill, free safety George Wilson, linebacker Moise Fokou, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and running back Shonn Greene.

Tight end Jared Cook and defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks were the only free agent departures of note.