The Tennessee Titans regressed from 2011 to 2012, but hung on to coach Mike Munchak for another go at it. The franchise as a whole has been in somewhat of a holding pattern for the last several years, but has the pieces in place to really make the jump.
A continued resurgence from running back Chris Johnson will obviously go a long way. So will a big improvement out of quarterback Jake Locker.
But those are a mere two pieces to the puzzle. There are several needs this team must fill and it will have the opportunity to do so with the No. 10-overall selection.
Here’s what they will be thinking.
- Two Safeties: Tennessee could not stop the pass in 2012. A big part of the reason was the play of safeties Michael Griffin and Jordan Babineaux. The front office has a five-day window after the Super Bowl to release Griffin before it has to pay him $4.5 million in 2013. If the Titans don’t give him another chance, they’ll have to find two new safeties.
- Two Guards: Chris Johnson needs better blocking in front of him to truly return to CJ2K form. Left guard Steve Hutchinson was a disappointment in 2012, while Leroy Harris is a sub-par lineman heading for free agency.
- Cornerback: Another reason the Titans couldn’t stop the pass was because they had no cornerback depth. Plus, Alterraun Verner will be a free agent next spring. DeMarcus Milliner could be Tennessee’s choice at No. 10 overall this April.
- Center: Speaking of the interior of the offensive line, Fernando Velasco must be retained after a surprisingly solid 2012 campaign.
- Quarterback: Jake Locker has shown nothing to indicate that he can become a franchise quarterback. The Titans will give him at least one more year to prove himself, but they need to bring in some competition.