My Titans pre-camp 53-man roster: Defense/ST

Wesley Hitt

Find out who I think will make the roster based on what we have seen or heard so far.

Well this is the last article I will get to post before camp, and what better to do than to list who I think is deserving of a roster spot and who isn't.

My roster contains

Offense (26): QB-3, RB-3, TE-4, WR-7, OL-9

Defense (22): DT-4, DE-5, LB-5, DB-8

Special teams (5) : K-1, P-1, ST-3

Defensive Tackles: Jurrell Casey, Sammie Lee Hill, Mike Martin, Stephan Charles

-Sort of an upset here: Charles>Johnson. I really like the length and strength that the Canadian has shown and his commitment to risk it in the NFL (despite being a top-10 pick in the CFL) says a lot to me. I am really pulling for him and I hope he turns into a player comparable to Jason Jones.

Defensive Ends: Derrick Morgan, Kamerion Wimbley, Lavar Edwards, Ropati Pitoitua, Karl Klug

-No surprises here except the fact that I listed Ropati and Klug as DEs. In TNs system there is obviously I a fine line (somewhere between 295 and 300 lbs.) that separates the defensive tackles from the defensive ends. Klug didn't eat enough hamburgers, and ends up playing DE instead of DT.

Linebackers: Colin McCarthy, Akeem Ayers, Zach Brown, Zaviar Gooden, Moise Fokou

-The Titans only end up carrying five LBs, but the versatility of Gooden and Fokou should give the Titans enough flexibility to do that.

Defensive Backs: Michael Griffin, George Wilson, Bernard Pollard, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Jason McCourty, Alterraun Verner, Coty Sensabaugh, Tommie Campbell.

-The Titans end up sending their later round picks to the practice squad due to the added depth at the position. Sensabaugh made my list because he really impressed me last year and with an impressive camp he may lock down the NB role.

Special Teamers: Rob Bironas, Brett Kern, Patrick Bailey, Tim Shaw, Al Afalava.

There is no long snapper on this list because between all of the back up OL left on the team, the Titans should have a good selection of players to look at for that small role on the team. Bailey and Shaw are great ST players that can play in a pinch on D, but probably shouldn't.

Afalava is a bit tricky here, the Titans could be looking to replace Campbell as a gunner if he makes it to first team defense, and even if he doesn't Afalava was a decent SS that might get signed somewhere mid-season, and the Titans shouldn't put him on the practice squad if they don't have to.

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