In preparation for the NFL draft (May 8-10), the Nashville Post offers a position-by-position look at the Tennessee Titans’ roster and what it might say about the team’s draft plans.
Today: quarterback. Tuesday: Offensive line.
On the roster (NFL experience in parentheses): Jake Locker (fourth season), Charlie Whitehurst (ninth season), Tyler Wilson (first season).
Last quarterback drafted: Locker, eighth overall, 2011
Best quarterback drafted (1999-2013): Vince Young, third overall, 2006. He was the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year and won six straight starts at one point that fall. A year later he led the Titans to the playoffs.
Worst quarterback drafted (1999-2013): Young. When it comes to Young, the good never outweighs the bad and vice versa. His departure from the team was messy and has a lot to do with the fact that the franchise has gone five straight seasons without a playoff appearance.
State of the position: Locker (pictured) is the incumbent starter and neither of the other two pose any threat in that regard. Locker, though, has yet to show he can stay healthy and – barring an unexpected development – will be in a contract year. Thus, while the current state of affairs is absolutely clear, the future of the position is decidedly cloudy.
Degree of need (1-roster is set; 10-send help now): 4.
What the mocks say: In recent weeks more and more prognosticators have focused on Locker’s contract situation and the offseason coaching change and decided that suggest the Titans will pick a quarterback in the first round (11th overall). Predictions include Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and Central Florida’s Blake Bortles falling to Tennessee at that spot or that Fresno State’s Derek Carr is a surprise pick at No. 11.
Prediction: The Titans won’t draft a quarterback in the first round but they will look to add one somewhere in the middle rounds. The most likely spot to make that move is the fourth round where someone like Georgia’s Aaron Murray might be waiting.