SB Nation Blogger Mock Draft: Titans and UNC LB Bruce Carter

NEW BRUNSWICK NJ - SEPTEMBER 25: Bruce Carter #54 of the North Carolina Tar Heels intercepts a pass intented for Keith Stroud #15 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the second quarter at Rutgers Stadium on September 25 2010 in New Brunswick New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

So this mock ended up playing out about as badly as it could for the Titans unless you are a fan of Colin Kaepernick- and I am not.  Four quarterbacks went in the first round (Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder and Ryan Mallett) and two more (Jake Locker and Andy Dalton) went in the second round before the Titans pick at 39.  That leaves Kaepernick as the best available QB, and I don't think he is going to be a good NFL quarterback so I didn't want to pick him.

Instead I went with Bruce Carter, LB, UNC.  I think we can all agree that LB is one of the biggest needs the Titans have heading into this draft, and Carter is a great value at this pick.  He would have easily been a top 15 pick had he not torn his ACL last November.  He had surgery to repair the knee in December and should be ready to go when training camp opens for the 2011 season. 

Carter is a playmaker, and that is something the Titans desperately need at the linebacker position.  He blocked 7 kicks in his college career and had 3 picks.  The Titans don't have those types of numbers between all of the linebackers on the roster combined.

So if this were the real draft the Titans would have made their defense a whole lot better but would still be sitting without a QB.  That would leave them desperate to find a guy on the free agent market, but on the plus side, the defense is immensely better than it was in 2011.

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