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Why Tennessee NEEDS an elite RG




I think for the most part Tennessee fans can agree that we have a very good set of offensive tackles in place, and a new LG/C combo that looks very promising if we can lock down Fernando Velasco long term. However, without a top-end right guard we will struggle to when the division. You may be saying, "Why jlomas, we have a lot invested in OL now and plenty of teams win without an elite line" and you would be correct, except most teams don't have to see J.J. Watt twice a year.

Watt (destroyer of men) may be the most menacing defender that the Titans have had to face on a regular basis in the last couple of decades, and he lines up at LDE in either defense the Texans run. LDEs match up with either the RT or RG depending on if the team runs a 3-4 or a 4-3, and more often than not he will be in the B-gap (in between RT/RG).

In his rookie year Watt looked very good, but Titans fans could cling to the hope that maybe Wade Phillps was just putting him in the right place at the right time, well that hope is gone now.If the Titans really are going to become a run-first team (which I roughly outline here) then they need to find a way to deal with that guy, and it is going to take an elite or high-level prospect. Luckily there are two guys that just might do the trick.

(Enter the two imposing figures of Chance Warmack and Jonathan Cooper)

The Titans were blessed to preform just badly enough to get the 10th pick in the draft. Most would say this is too high for a guard, but the two prospects listed above are not your everyday guard prospects.

Warmack compared more to a bulldozer than he compares to anyone the Titans lined up at OG last year. He is a punisher and he would make quick friends with David "Big Country" Stewart who likes to inflict some damage himself.

Cooper is no slouch either, and don't let the small frame fool you he will play around 315 lb. in the NFL. Cooper recently bulked up and throttled the bench press (35 reps) at the combine, and since Tennessee won't likely employ a no-huddle style offense he would likely keep that weight on. Cooper is an athletic freak that could be exceptional in a ZBS like the Titans run.

Either of these two would be great and would make our offensive line the hallmark of that team, like it was when the Titans went 13-3. Just like the Steelers, the Titans have an identity they just need to remember it. Pounding the ball and using a mobile quarterback can and does work in the NFL today, now is Tennessee's chance (no pun intended) to revamp that OL and get back to that mentality.

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