Thursday, April 24, 2014
Next week's minicamp will influence draft
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans are far from knowing who they’ll take in the first round and the rest of the draft, coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday. That’s at least in part because they are going to learn a lot about what they have during the three-day voluntary minicamp next week.
He told players that on April 7 when they reported for the start of the offseason program.
As a team with a new head coach, NFL rules allowed the Titans a two-week head start on their offseason program in addition to the voluntary minicamp.
Asked about what positions he would like to come out of the draft having addressed, Whisenhunt said: “I think a lot of it is going to be determined by next week and what we see on the field with our team. I think [general manager] Ruston [Webster] has done a great job as far as positions and having guys that we feel like can compete for spots on our football team, and we’re going to get a chance to see them do some of those things.
"To say, ‘We’re going to go after this’ or ‘We’re going to have to this,’ that’s an easy thing to say, to quantify it that way. But even if you say you need a certain position and you get to your point in the draft and it’s not there, what are you going to do? You have to be prepared for a lot of different scenarios.
“We have a unique opportunity to get a tremendous amount of information about our team next week. And I think that’s a valuable piece before we go into the draft.”
Players who may have been pigeonholed based on what they did under Mike Munchak or even Jeff Fisher will have a chance to show more.
“We can look at the tape and say, ‘He’s pretty good at this, but can he do this?'" Whisenhunt said. “Well, he’ll get a chance to do that.”