Who will fall to the Titans at #24?

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I’ve been wondering which players might still be available at the 24th spot on Saturday. Consulting some of the top draft gurus provides some perspective and insight into that.
My favorite two draftniks are Rick Gosselin, of the Dallas Morning News and Mike Mayock, from the NFL Network. They’ve been more accurate with their predictions than just about anyone else in the last four or five years.
I also like Scott Wright, who publishes the NFL Draft Countdown and Mike Detillier, who runs a private draft service and the M & D Draft Report.
Although I don’t like him as much as the other guys listed above, I’m also including ESPN’s Mel Kiper‘s latest mock for good measure.
All links, above and below, are for their latest mock drafts. That gives us five draft experts’ latest mock drafts to compare and contrast and they project it to shake out as follows:
Wide receiver: Wright and Detillier both have Limas Sweed going to the Titans at #24. Gosselin has him going to the Giants at 31 while Mayock and Kiper have him lasting until the second round. Gosselin is the only one who has DeSean Jackson picked before #24. Kiper has projected the Titans will take Indiana WR James Hardy at #24. The general consensus of these five draftniks is that the Titans can have their pick of receivers at #24 if that’s the direction they wish to go.
Defensive tackle: Glenn Dorsey and Sedrick Ellis are both projected to be top ten picks and will be long gone when the Titans select at #24. Gosselin predicts the Redskins will take Kentwan Balmer, the third best DT, at #21 but the other four experts have him going at #25 or #26. Trevor Laws is generally considered to be the fourth best DT and none of our five experts project him to be selected in the first round. According to the experts, Balmer should be available at #24. I hope so, I really like what I’ve read and heard about him.
Defensive end: There are three guys who will be off the board early in Chris Long, Vernon Gholston and Derrick Harvey. Phillip Merling is a guy I’ve been looking at. He’s good against the run, which is what’s needed when Jevon Kearse isn’t on the field as a designated pass rusher. Only two experts, Gosselin and Mayock, predict he’ll still be on the board at #24. That’s not as bad as it sounds, since I consider Gosselin and Mayock to be the best of the best. For Merling to be on the board at #24, both the Vikings and Redskins will have to pass on him. Mayock and Wright both have Calais Campbell going to the Redskins at #21 and the ‘Skins have other needs to be addressed as well.
Running back: It’s hard to imagine the Titans selecting running backs on Day One three years in a row but they do have a strong need for speed on offense, which Felix Jones or Chris Johnson could provide. Mayock, Detillier and Kiper all predict the Cowboys will take Jones at #22 while Wright has them taking him at #28. Gosselin believes the Titans will take him at #24. Only Gosselin believes Johnson will be selected in the first round.
Cornerback: There are a lot of good corners who are projected to be first round picks. Will Mike Reinfeldt be tempted to take one of them in the first round? Heck, yes. Nick Harper is getting old and is not that good in man coverage. Cornerback is not a priority or an immediate need but it would be hard to pass on an upgrade which could yield results for years to come. All five of our experts predict that Leodis McKelvin will be selected in the first eleven picks and that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be taken at 19th or sooner. Mike Jenkins is projected by all five experts to be taken no later than 20th. Aqib Talib is a wild card whose name is up and down across the boards but there’s no way the Titans take a chance on a guy with so much baggage. Assuming none of the above are still available, that leaves Brandon Flowers, who is projected as a late first-rounder by Wright, Detillier and Kiper.
You might also want to check out the following two draft sites. I like our MVN writers’ mock draft, because the selections were made by people like you and me, big fans with a lot of knowledge about the needs of their own teams. In many ways they know more than the mainstream media who attempt to observe 32 teams from a distance.
Another interesting site is Draft Nation, which compiles a consensus of 40 mock drafts, including several of the ones above.
We’ve all got our wish lists but we must remember 23 guys will be off the board when it’s the Titans’ turn to draft on Saturday — assuming they don’t trade up. I hope the above info provides you with some insight as to who should be on the board when the Titans are on the clock Saturday afternoon.

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10 Responses to “Who will fall to the Titans at #24?”

  1. Robert Says:

    I have been looking at a ton of mocks and looking at the needs of the teams holding the 23 picks ahead of us, it gets crazier as teams like the Cheifs made the trade with the Vikings, but staying at 24 the best scenario would be Balmer, or Groves, or a WR, I would prefer we stay away from a WR in round 1, unless it is traded to land Roy Williams, but it might be better for us to move up to #11 if we can swing a trade with Buffalo, and get either D. Harvey, Rogers-Cromartie, or RB if they are in love with Mendenhall or Stewart, the Bills want to move down and get a WR and seem like a willing partner, another option is trade out of first round and manuver to get a Trevor Laws, and a WR or a DE. If I was the GM I would be interested in C. Long if he slipps past the Rams, I think Atlanta would like to move out if J. Long and Dorsey were both gone…….I would send #24 and ’09 #1 for pick #3 and and the Falcon’s pick #103(4th rnd)
    pick C. Long and you have another KVB that is better against the run. ’08 draft should be interesting!!!!!

  2. Seth Leonard Says:

    I just feel like the front office feels pressure to draft a WR if a solid choice remains when Tennessee’s number is called. I’m done speculating though; the draft is in a few days and we’ll all be proved wrong then.
    But hey, no draft pick can necessarily bust the team, so nothing to really worry about.

  3. Garland Says:

    I think “who will fall?” is a good way to look at this draft for the Titans. There are several positions of need and a lot of different scenarios that could play out by the time pick 24 rolls around. I expect them to take the highest rated player at one of several positions. I don’t see them taking a receiver when a higher-rated DE or DT is still sitting there. I think a factor that isn’t talked about a whole lot is depth at the position. If there are plenty of 2nd-tier receivers and not much in the way of defensive line help, then they might lean toward defense in the first round and take the best available WR in round 2. Either way, I expect a defensive lineman and wide receiver to be selected on Saturday.

  4. David H. Says:

    Its the NFL Draft boys, just let it all pan out. I seem to be one of if not the only one on the DeSean Jackson bandwagon. Who knows maybe I’m wrong and Jackson will turn out to be a bust. Maybe I’m right and Jackson will be a star. Its all a gamble no matter when you pick. I dont want to have the cliche police come and arrest me but, you just have to let everything unflold and take the highest rated player on the board when you pick. I’m also in the camp that belives the Titans will have their choice of receivers to choose from. My gut feeling tells me the Titans (and Jeff Fisher) will take a defensive player with the first pick again. I think this offense needs a serious shot in the arm though.

  5. Chris M Says:

    I’ve been rooting for this team for over 30 years and it never gets any easier for me on this day. I want to believe there will be a stud receiver at # 24 that will help us get more than “9” touchdown passes and YES I love D. Jackson but I am leary of his size for a number one pick….That said call me crazy but I want defense, defense, and MORE defense! Give me K Balmer and let’s get Ray Rice in the second round.
    Finally, with the Pman trade, I LOVE the fact that we’ll have three fourth round picks which if handled correctly will give us tremendous quality in return.

  6. Josh Says:

    Wow, Robert’s statement gave me goosebumps — I would love to trade up with either Buffalo or Atlanta— That would be awesome!

  7. David R. Says:

    I’ve been crunching all the data and like someone said you never know until it is your pick and then you HAVE to take the best on the board. I would hate to see them go with a receiver at #24, it just seems foolish to me. I would much rather see them pick someone like Reggie Bush who can catch the ball out of the back field to compliment LenDale and VY. I think the Crumpler move and the young guys coming up along with maybe a trade is the best route for the WR. I’ll be happy to see Merling or Balmer(not VY happy) and Sweed or Charles on the team after the draft but think a play making RB will elevate VY the most(and lets be honest in saying our future is in his hands).

  8. mike mayock mock draft Says:

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  9. David R. Says:

    I am very happy with the draft. When the pick came up and no receivers had been picked I was very angry and felt they were going to make the HUGE mistake and take a WR. I’m stoked to see they went for a guy who can get open in the flat and has good hands to help Vince out when he has pressure. With VY’s scramble ability they should be a great pair and LenDale able to keep the center honest I think they will be able to put up more points this season, plus his return ability will help Chris Carr.

  10. David R. Says:

    As for the second round pick, I don’t know much about him but he looks like a great pick up. Anyone who doesn’t think that the Titans have one of the best D lines in the NFL doesn’t know football. Now if they can get lucky on a late round receiver or trade for somebody the team should be sick this season. I’m looking forward to seeing what the master Fisher can pull from all those picks.

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