#KRM: Titans at #11, Anthony Barr.
Intended to lead off this post by suggesting Tennessee take the Beast Titan, a clever reference to the not-yet-televised later mangas of Shingeki no Kyojin as well as a play on their nickname/mascot… but it just became too strained and I gave up. Instead, I have dropped a humorous Cat-themed Attack on Titan opening sequence at the end of the post. Enjoy.1
I was all set to deep dive into the Titans’ wants and needs for our reader mock but about five minutes into the research I came across this in The Tennessean:
(Hahahahaha… Horton defense talk: “Impact.” “Dynamic.” “Hybrid.”)
So. Like. Ok. Barr it is. You’re up Rod-O, who you picking for the NY Football Giants?
If Barr is on the board here, the Titans are able to upgrade their (possibly) greatest position of need – ILB – for their new Aggressive-Atttacking-Horton-Hybrid defense whose linebackers are being coached by former UCLA Defensive Coordinator with his former star player at UCLA who is an All-America prototype NFL linebacker/athlete. Easy peasy.
But dull. So let’s work through a methodology on this.
Titans’ pick-ups, releases.
Added: Ken Whisenhunt; Ray Horton. Woodyard ILB, McCluster WR(RB), Oher OT, Whitehurst QB.
Lost: Mike Munchak. Stewart RT, Britt WR, Verner CB, Fitzpatrick QB. Can probably add Chris Johnson to the ‘lost’ list too.
Coaching-wise the new guys are Whisenhunt and old-friend Ray Horton. I forget all the mumbo-jumbo he talked about little guys who hit hard or fast guys who something something… words words. What is consistent is the need for Ray Horton to install his system. My God: THE SYSTEM. All bow to THE SYSTEM. Whatever man. Just words. However we also know first hand that Horton can be persuasive in lobbying for resources to be spent on his system2 and that’s something to keep in mind in predicting their pick.3
Free agency wise, pretty meh off-season. One would think the Verner loss is the biggest, but David Stewart was steady tackle for a long time. McCluster figures to be a Darren Sproles back. Woodyard will help at ILB but will not solve the problem.
Titans’ strengths, weaknesses.
Gotta love the PFF color-coded depth chart.4 It shows bad colors (orange and gray) at CB and ILB. As mentioned above, Woodyard starts to address ILB but there’s still a hole. Although Verner was a big loss at CB, BWWilson has good size and was highly regarded coming out of UConn. We cannot say CB is for sure a hole.
On the whole, Tennessee’s defense graded out considerably higher than its offense. In particular, the Titans’ pass offense was suspect. Much of that had to do with Jake Locker playing in only seven games. Some had to do with a pedestrian receiving corps (KWright, NWashington, DWalker). A lot had to do with rookie Chance Warmack’s mediocre transition to pro ball at RG.
But new coaches look at decent performance of the previous guy’s system and say FUCK THAT.
Thus it is probable that extravagant draft resources will be lavished upon the new SYSTEM.
What I would do.
I’d give Jake Locker a kick-ass freak of nature WR to throw to. Delanie Walker is really a blocking TE.5 Kendall Wright is notable as the slowest, shortest, small-handed-est WR ever taken in the first round. Nate Washington (Toledo!! Tiffin!!) is their best WR but he’ll be 31 this fall. Yes I know the Titans traded into the second round to get local favorite Justin Hunter last year and he figures to take some of Washington’s snaps this year. But dammit… you don’t get a Mike Evans falling into lap at #11, ever. So you take him and tell Horton to make do with later round picks.
What I would do if I were looking on defense.
But that’s not how Horton’s system works, we all know this. So ok, if I’m looking on defense, I’m looking squarely at Justin Gilbert. Just a 6001 CB running 4.37 with 33.25″ arms. In short: another athletic freak and the top rated cornerback in this year’s draft remarkably available outside the top 10. Cornerback is an expensive position. Gilbert’s measurables are top 10. No offense Blidi Wreh-Wilson6 but… Uneeda CB.
Justin Gilbert is another no-brainer pick for the Titans.
What they will do.
New DC Horton asks new LB coach Spanos, “Is Anthony Barr is a fit?” LB coach Spanos (aka Barr’s college coach) shows Horton this:
And Horton say: NOW THAT”S SOME AGGRESSIVE ATTACKING DEFENSE!!!
I mean right? And sure enough, Barr is scheduled to visit with the Titans.
I loved Barr in 2012 but last year it seems like Myles Jack was the story and I want to say I saw more Jordan Zumwalt big plays. Maybe the Barkley hit affected him (as well as Barkley). All I know is that I like my first round picks to have a positive trajectory coming out of college. Not sure we can say that about Barr.
But regardless of my opinion, with the eleventh pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans select Anthony Barr, linebacker, UCLA.
Next up is RodofDisaster picking for the Giants.
- ♫ ♩Trampling over corpses, swine who mock the will to advance… ♫ ♩
- **cough**Mingo-at-sixth-overall**cough** [back]
- The new Offensive Coordinator is Jason Michael who coached tight ends for Whisenhunt at San Diego before this. Notable is that he was a WKU QB under Jack Harbaugh just like Kanick favorite Willie Taggart (who is about to have USF explode all over The American). [back]
- PFF’s chart looks eerily familiar, no? Sincerest form of flattery, etc. [back]
- Eric Ebron could also make a lot sense with this pick. [back]
- If Wreh-Wilson’s kid marries Rogers-Cromartie’s kid are their kids going to be Wreh-Wilson-Rogers-Cromartie? IOW, isn’t the hyphenated last name thing both narcissistic AND stupid? Ok, that observation had been pent-up for a while, good to let it out. Back to football. [back]