Posted April 18, 2014

Tennessee Titans Mock Draft Tracker

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Tennessee Titans 2014 NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Anthony Barr, UCLA

Anthony Barr, UCLA (Robert Beck/SI)

What will the Tennessee Titans do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8.

April 17, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 7.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 11: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

We said: This all dropped into place rather well for the Titans, who are searching for an impact edge rusher for their new hybrid defense. They find one of the best available here in Barr, whose upside is far too high to justify any rumored stock drops that may be occurring in mid-April.

April 10, 2014  2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 11: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

We said: The reality facing Bridgewater, who once was the consensus No. 1 pick in the draft, is that if not Tennessee, then his draft-night wait might extend until the lower reaches of the first round. But I don’t think the Titans, with new head coach Ken Whisenhunt, will let that scenario unfold. Whisenhunt knows the night-and-day difference quality quarterbacking can make from his Arizona head coaching experience, and Tennessee can’t afford to pass on a prospect of this level with only the oft-injured Jake Locker as a legitimate starting option as he enters his make-or-break fourth season in Nashville.

April 1, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 11: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

We said: New Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton loves versatility in his linemen above all else, but there’s nobody in this class who can move offensive linemen around quite like Donald can, and putting him at the three-tech position alongside the criminally underrated Jurrell Casey would make Tennessee’s defensive front a serious problem for opposing offenses. Some will ding Donald for being undersized at 6-1 and 285, but he’s an impact player no matter what.

March 25, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 11: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

We said: Assuming new defensive coordinator Ray Horton wants to implement a hybrid defense with a 3-4 focus, Donald would be a godsend. He can play inside in a 4-3, outside in a 3-4, even slid to nose tackle back at Pittsburgh. Donald would provide tons of flexibility, including the ability for Tennessee to limit Al Woods to a two-down role, where his run-stopping abilities would be most beneficial.

March 18, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 11: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

We said: With cornerback Alterraun Verner having departed for Tampa Bay in free agency, Michigan State cover man Darqueze Dennard or a safety (Louisville’s Calvin Pryor or Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix) would seem like strong possibilities. But the Titans lack pass rushers, and need to find someone who can turn the corner and reach the quarterback in new defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s 3-4 scheme. Barr is far from a finished product, but he’s big, fast and can rush the passer, and in the NFL, that combination means you’ll always be popular.

March 5, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 11: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

We said: It wouldn’t be a surprise to most if Donald went in the top 10, but if he lasts this long, Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton — one of the NFL’s most aggressive and diverse play-callers — would have a field day given Donald’s power, playmaking skills and versatility. At 6-1 and 285 pounds, Donald added a transcendent combine performance to a very strong week at the Senior Bowl, and reams of Pitt tape show that he’s the real deal. Few interior linemen possess his speed off the snap.

Feb. 26, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 11: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

We said: Either Clinton-Dix or Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley would drop right into the starting lineup … and Anthony Barr’s still on the board as well. The Crimson Tide safety would provide Tennessee with necessary help over the top, something that was lacking in 2013.

Round 2, pick 42: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

We said: With Chris Johnson’s days in Tennessee looking numbered, the Titans take the first RB off the board.

Feb. 19, 2014  – 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 11: Anthony Barr, OLB-DE, UCLA

We said: The Titans have needs that fit nicely with their spot atop the draft’s second 10, and in our scenario they can choose between an offensive tackle such as Michigan’s Taylor Lewan, a safety such as Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, or pro-ready receivers like Mike Evans of Texas A&M and USC’s Marqise Lee. But Barr offers impact edge rush ability, and those guys remain at a premium in the NFL. Given that Tennessee has been seeking to generate more heat on the opposing passer for a while now, Barr’s potential value should be greater than that of the alternatives.

Feb. 6, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 11: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

We said: If the Titans don’t go quarterback here (and they very well might), perhaps an edge rusher would fit the bill. Barr still needs a bit of finishing work, but he absolutely explodes off the tape. Barr comes off the ball well inside and outside, has tremendous flexibility and strength, and he could be even scarier once he gets into an NFL training program.

Jan. 9, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 11: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

We said: There is a prevailing belief out there — with some evidence to back it up — that Alabama players hit their ceilings before arriving in the NFL. Here’s the thing with Mosley, however: If he’s already at his ceiling, he still can slot in and be an impact defender.

Offensive tackle is another option here. The Titans also have two huge wild cards in safety Bernard Pollard and CB Alterraun Verner, both pending free agents. Losing either could bump that vacated position to the top of their draft board.

Dec. 5, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.1 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 12: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

We said: Jurrell Casey is enjoying a monster 2013 season. Drop Nix in next to him on the interior of the line, and the Titans would have a DT combo to rival those of the likes of Detroit and Cincinnati. Tennessee would be set at tackle for years to come.

Sept. 24, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Chris Burke) 

Round 1, pick 16: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee

We said: The Titans upgraded the interior of their line prior to 2013, so it only makes sense to beef up on the edges before 2014. The current starting tackles, Michael Roos and David Stewart, are 30 and 31 years old, respectively. Both have voidable years on their contracts upcoming, too.

April 30, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 10: Morgan Breslin, DE, USC

We said: Breslin racked up 13.0 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in his first season following a transfer from junior college. He could be the premier pass rusher in the 2014 class.

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Putting Donald at the 3 tech? Dude, the Titans are playing a 3-4 this year, we need a clogger in the middle. If he's an undersized DT, he'll need to put on more pounds to anchor that interior ala Casey Hampton with the Steelers. Although, I really hope Anthony Barr falls to them at #11 because he would make an immediate impact in the new defensive scheme.