June 1, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Damian Williams (17) looks to catch a pass during OTA at the Titans training facility at Baptist Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE
As August mentioned in the links, Mel Kiper is apparently going through the process of auditing all of the divisions in the NFL. He took his stab at the AFC South earlier this week (In$ider). He looked at the help that the help added and the questions that remain.
Click through the jump to see some of the things he had to say about the Tennessee Titans.For help added:
. It doesn't need to be said that Chris Johnson's season was in many ways a disaster last year. With the arrival of Steve Hutchinson -- and we don't know just how much he has left -- there should be no excuses if they can't run the ball. Michael Roos and David Stewart are great bookends, and the O-line should be a strength in the run game, even if they've shown weaknesses in pass protection.
Kamerion Wimbley adds a bit to the pass rush, and DT Mike Martin could see reps after being taken in the third round.
For questions that remain:
The big question is around the quarterback position, but I'll take a different tack than I've seen. I hear people saying if Jake Locker isn't clearly the best option coming out of camp he's probably not the guy long-term. I don't really buy that. Matt Hasselbeck is a really good NFL quarterback when teams have been able to protect him, and he's one of the more accurate red zone quarterbacks you'll find. In short, a healthy Hasselbeck actually guarantees you a certain level of return on offense, and if you feel like you can be the best team in your division, why take a chance?
He also predicts that the Titans will take Jonathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State in the first round of next year's draft. It is obviously way to early to make that type of prediction, but they could very well be in the market for a corner if Jason McCourty isn't re-signed. They might even still be looking for that third guy if he is.
(Hat tip to Kuharsky's AFC South Blog)