With the 30th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans select…

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Barring an unlikely trade, the Tennessee Titans are the proud owners of the 30th pick in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft.

Hopefully, the Titans can attain the same amount of success they had the last time they picked at the #30 spot. In 2000, the Titans chose a young LB out of Syracuse by the name of Keith Bulluck, who as we all know, has become quite a player in the NFL.

With important draft-related dates such as the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine still down the road, there’s a lot that can happen between now and draft day that will impact what the Titans will do when they’re officially on the clock.

However, since we’re all suffering from the doldrums of the offseason, let’s take an early, early look at the type of players the Titans could be looking at with their first-round selection.

Outside Linebacker

Both starting OLBs Keith Bulluck and David Thornton are at/over the age of 30, so it might be a great time for the Titans to think about the future at that position. At this point, it’s hard to say whether or not Stanford Keglar will emerge as a future starter at OLB, so the Titans might be wise to bring in some additional young talent at the position.

Potential candidates

Clint Sintim (Virginia) a good athlete with great size (6’3″, 254lbs).  

Brian Cushing (USC) Has some durability issues, but is a very instinctive player who produces. Solid all-around LB.

Cornerback

Nick Harper (34) isn’t getting any younger, so the Titans could be tempted to go cornerback with their first-round pick. Also, 5 of their 14 unrestricted free agents are corners (Carr, Fuller, King, Poole, Hill) so the decisions the Titans make regarding those FA’s will undoubtedly play a role in their course of action on draft day.

Potential candidates

D.J. Moore (Vanderbilt) the local kid from Vandy is explosive and fast. Can also chip in at KR/PR if for some strange reason the Titans don’t re-sign Chris Carr.

Alphonso Smith (Wake Forest) At 5’9 190lbs, he’s built along the lines of current Titan corner Cortland Finnegan. Smith intercepted a combined 15 passes in his last two seasons at Wake and like Moore, he is also a playmaker on special teams.

Defensive Tackle

The well-documented Albert Haynesworth decision will loom large in whether or not the Titans go DT in the first round. If Big Al departs for financially greener pastures, the Titans may decide to beef up the DT spot at pick #30.

Potential candidates   

B.J. Maji (Boston College) has Haynesworth-like bulk (325 lbs) and is very quick for his size. Washburn could do wonders with Maji’s natural talent.

Sen’Derrick Marks (Auburn) An SEC guy who ironically, patterns his game after Haynesworth.

Wide Receiver

I know, I know: the Titans haven’t drafted a WR in the first round since Kevin Dyson in 1998.  

The Titans could use the services of a playmaker opposite of Justin Gage. Given the team’s recent history of not taking a wide receiver in the first round, I highly doubt that the outcome of pick #30 in 2009 will be any different.

However, one can dream…

Potential candidates 

Jeremy Maclin (Mizzou) A dynamic playmaker with the speed to take it to the house on any given play. He probably won’t be a Titan, but since I’m dreaming…why not dream big?

Percy Harvin (Florida) Injuries could be an issue, but no one can doubt his ability to make plays.

What are your early thoughts on what the Tennessee Titans should do with pick #30?      

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13 Responses to “With the 30th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans select…”

  1. Andrew Strickert Says:

    I especially agree about the need to draft another corner. Fuller is more suited to be a nickel or a safety and while I like both King and Carr, neither is an upgrade over Harper, in my opinion. Cary Williams and Tuff Harris aren’t the answer. I don’t see Tyrone Poole or Reynaldo Hill coming back.

  2. Scott Says:

    I agree that cornerback is the mostly likely pick.
    If Haynesworth leaves, however, DT becomes a strong possibility. I would love to see a guy like Peria Jerry in a Titans uniform (if he is still available then). I suspect that BJ Raji will be gone by the time the Titans draft.
    I think Guard is also a possibility at no. 30, although Harris did a pretty good job against the Ravens and that might persuade the Titans to avoid adding to the O-line on the first day. I think the Titans could use upgrade for Amano on the O-line and should view Harris solely as Mawae’s replacement.
    I am also holding out a little bit of hope for WR. Fisher saw what speed can do for his office this past season, and perhaps that could tweak his interest in a speedster like Percy Harvin.

  3. Morgan Says:

    Looks like all of the Titans fans are in agreement, a CB first round would be great. Im hoping Vernin Davis’s younger brother drops to us. 6 foot 1, 203 pounds of pure tallent minus the Vernin Davis attitude.
    Here’s looking forward to the combine.

  4. brian Says:

    The Titans have recently learned that having speedy, versatile, offensive playmakers like Chris Johnson, is a pretty good thing. Good enough to maybe break their traditional first round defensive picks. Without Johnson, the Titans would not have been nearly as successful in 2008. If Percy Harvin of Florida is somehow still available at #30 the Titans take him. Harvin is a more versatile and speedier version of Hines Ward, and the Titans are in desperate need of playmaking targets for their QB’s.

  5. Drexel Perry Says:

    Good feedback, guys.
    I’d love to see the Titans select a playmaking WR in the first round but considering the team’s recent history with their 1st round pick, I’m not even going to get my hopes up.
    We’ll have much more to discuss regarding the draft in the weeks/months that lie ahead. As always, it should be a blast discussing all of the potential scenarios.

  6. Alvin Mullins Says:

    It all depends on Big Al staying or going.

  7. Edwin Aviles Says:

    Although corner would be great for us
    i think we should consider picking up Darrius Heyward-Bey from Maryland. He has deadly speed for his height (6-3 i believe) and can become a #1 receiver in the league.

  8. Edwin Aviles Says:

    Although corner would be great for us
    i think we should consider picking up Darrius Heyward-Bey from Maryland. He has deadly speed for his height (6-3 i believe) and can become a #1 receiver in the league.

  9. Israel Va's #1 Titans fan Says:

    As good as it would be to match a high talent corner with Courtland Finnegan, the defense will be good enough next season to hold off on that for one more year. If the success of Chris Johnson doesn’t sway Jeff Fisher to go with a speedy playmaking wide reciever nothing ever will. That being said My dream first round pick for the 09 Draft would be Percy Harvin from Florida ( A product of Virginia might I add ).
    But the smart pick would still be any of 3 positions on defense. Linebacker, Cornerback, and Defensive Tackle. But I really don’t care who we pick as long as we’re winning games!

  10. Lee Roges Says:

    I am loving the common views for CB! Yes Albert sways the draft. If he goes, take DT first. That is an obvious Choice. If he signs and we have some cap; the OLB position can wait until next year. PLEASE Forget the Maryland or Mizzou WR. IF the WR is not Michael Crabtree or Percy Harvin, then don’t draft at WR until THE LAST ROUND. PERIOD. IF I see any receivers taken before round 7; Mike, we are coming after you, with pitchforks too! If Albert does go to another team which I really despise but its bound to happen. I think it’s time to SIGN an elite veteran WR. TJ Houshmanzadeh, Anquan Boldin, & Torry Holt are all free agents!!! 3 easy solutions Mike and Jeff: 1st step sign one of the 3 elite WRs. 1st Pick: DT, second pick: CB. third pick: OLB. Good job on CJ last year guys, don’t let us down this year!

  11. joe Says:

    Lee Roges, I would love the idea of having any of the three WRs that you mentioned (Holt, Boldin, Houshmandzadeh) but only one of them is a Free Agent. That doesn’t mean they are unattainable though. Houshmandzadeh would be a huge FA pick up that I’m sure no Titans fan would be disappointed with.

  12. Austin Says:

    If the titans dont draft a top reciever im going to quit being a titans fan

  13. Austin Says:

    If the titans dont draft a top reciever im going to quit being a titans fan

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