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 Post subject: 2012 Team Needs: Tennessee Titans
PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:53 pm 
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Team Needs: Tennessee Titans

NEEDS RATING KEY

5.0 - High priority. This is a position that is a glaring weakness and there is the likelihood that this team cannot compete next year without making a major addition here.

4.0 - Medium Priority. This is an area that is an obvious weakness, but the team isn't quite desperate to make a major move here possibly because they have some young potential. But this is an area that if the team cannot fix via free agency, will definitely use one of their picks in the first three or four rounds to supplement.

3.0 - Upgrade Potential. This is a position that isn't a weakness per se, but there is significant room for an upgrade. If the right player comes along they will certainly snag him, but if they don't fix this position with a major free agent addition or early round pick, then it's not the end of the world.

2.0 - Depth Need. An area where there is a need to add depth. Perhaps there is an aging veteran and they might want to start to look at grooming his heir apparent or replacement. Not likely to be a high priority and a position that more than likely will be address in the middle and late rounds rather than with a top pick.

1.0 - Future Need. This is an area that is not a priority, and doesn't initially appear as a need. But there is some room to develop some depth for perhaps two or more years down the line. This is usually an area that a team will look at in the late rounds if at all.

0.0 - Non-need. This is a position that is a strength of their team, they have a solid starter, capable depth, and/or a young player at the position that they like and want to develop. Very little possibility this area is addressed and would be the equivalent of a wasted draft pick.


Top 10 Needs

1. DE - 4.0
2. S - 4.0
3. OG - 4.0
4. OC - 3.0
5. CB - 2.5
6. WR - 2.0
7. FB - 1.5
8. LB - 1.5
9. RB - 1.5
10. DT - 1.5


Quarterback - Matt Hasselbeck will be back and he could be pushed by Jake Locker for the starter's role, but they feel comfortable going forward with them and Rusty Smith as their trio of passers. NEED: 1.0

Running Back - Chris Johnson struggled early in the season, but picked things up in the second half which has been attributed to him being in shape. They will go ahead with him next year, but they might look at adding some more insurance in the draft, although they might continue to develop Javon Ringer and Jamie Harper. NEED: 1.5

Fullback - Ahmard Hall is a free agent and is not really expected back. They picked up Quinn Johnson last year, and they could have him compete to be Hall's replacement. NEED: 1.5

Wide Receiver - Kenny Britt can be one of the premier WRs in the league if he can stay healthy, and they have to be concerned about his durability going forward. Nate Washington had a career year, while Damian Williams was middling at best once he was asked to replace Britt. THey need to continue adding depth. NEED: 2.0

Tight End - Jared Cook and Craig Stevens are a solid pair of young tight ends to develop for the future and Daniel Graham gives them a solid blocker. NEED: 0.0

Offensive Tackle - They are pretty solid here with Roos and Stewart, and Mike Otto and Byron Stingily are good developmental backups. NEED: 0.5

Offensive Guard - Jake Scott is a serviceable starter, but doesn't get the push they want, and they are likely to let him walk in free agency. Leroy Harris has not progressed at guard like they hope, and they could upgrade him too. NEED: 4.0

Center - Eugene Amano has struggled at center since Mawae's retirement, and while they have a bunch of bodies here with Harris also being able to play this position, as well as Fernando Velasco and Kevin Matthews. But whether any of these guys are long-term options remains to be seen and they could find an upgrade here. NEED: 3.0

Defensive Tackle - Rookies like Jurrell Casey and Karl Klug were solid contributors in the rotation and they hope to get more production from guys like SHaun Smith and Sen'Derrick Marks this year to bolster that position. They won't shy away from bolstering the rotation, but it's not a need. NEED: 1.5

Defensive End - They didn't get much production from this spot last year with Jason Jones struggling to transition from a defensive tackle, and Derrick Morgan is still coming along. William Hayes and Dave Ball are both free agents, although they seem open to bringing back Hayes who is a decent rotational body. THey continue to want to develop Morgan here, but will look for another pass rusher that can provide pressure from the edge. NEED: 4.0

Linebacker - Barrett Ruud struggled in the middle, but they like the potential Colin McCarthy showed in the second half of the season there. Akeem Ayers is coming along nicely on the outside, while Will Witherspoon is a solid veteran at the other spot. Gerald McRath has shown some flashes in the past of being his eventual replacement, although it wouldn't hurt to add more depth in the middle/latter part of the draft. NEED: 1.5

Cornerback - They are expected to lose Cortland Finnegan on the open market, but should be fairly confident that Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner can pick up much of the slack. But they are going to need to add a third corner to the mix to bolster this position since their depth is lacking after those two. NEED: 2.5

Safety - They seem like they want to bring Michael Griffin back, but he might find a more lucrative deal on the open market. Chris Hope is probably not going to be back, while Jordan Babineaux could re-sign to be a stopgap starter, they would like to find a young stud in the draft to upgrade this spot. NEED: 4.0

Kicker - Rob Bironas is one of the league's top punters, and although he's entering a contract year, it doesn't look like they are looking to move on. NEED: 1.0

Punter - Brett Kern is solid, and just signed an extension two years ago, so he's not going anywhere. NEED: 0.0

Return Specialist - Marc Mariani is quietly one of the league's better returners. NEED: 0.0


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