Rob Rang of CBS Sports put out another mock draft the other day with a combination of picks for the Titans in the first and second round that I haven't yet seen. He has the Titans picking Jake Locker with the 8th pick and Georgia OLB/DE Justin Houston with the 39th pick. Most mocks that I have seen have Houston going mid to late first round so it seems that the Titans would be getting some good value with that pick. I hate Locker at 8.
Thoughts from Rang on both picks after the jump.
Jake Locker, QB, Washington: The Titans like Locker, though perhaps not enough to take him this high. Tennessee is exploring trade possibilities, I'm told, with an eye toward adding the Washington quarterback at a later point in the first round. The Titans might be wise to simply draft Locker here if they truly rank him significantly higher than the rest of the quarterbacks, as the Redskins (No. 10), Vikings (No. 12), Dolphins (No. 15) and Jaguars (No. 16) could each use a young quarterback to develop.
Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia: With free agent Jason Babin and his team-leading 12.5 sacks expected to move on via free agency, the Titans might be forced to invest another high pick at defensive end. Having racked up 68 tackles, including an eye-popping 18.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks, Houston's production speaks for itself.