Super Bowl XLVIII: Clearing the Titans draft needs

Jeff Zelevansky

Why the Super Bowl was a perfect example of why the Titans need to focus on the trenches.

The Seattle Seahawks absolutely decimated the Denver Broncos tonight in the Super Bowl. While there were a lot of factors that went into the dominating win, there was a huge matchup issue that eventually lead to the Broncos downfall. Denver's offensive tackles just could not handle the outside pass rush of Seattle.

This is important because, with potential matchup nightmares in the AFC South like Robert Mathis, J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney it is important that the Titans sure up the offensive tackle position in the draft. Even if the Titans can get Jake Locker producing at a high level, the difference between the Seahawks and Broncos tonight should show why protection is also a huge need for playoff caliber teams.

While Michael Roos still has a few years left in the tank, drafting someone like Jake Matthews or Greg Robinson in the first looks much more appealing after watching a record-breaking Peyton Manning look very mediocre as his protection broke down.

Conversely, the Titans also need that premier pass rusher. The Seahawks had Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, and the pressure was obvious where as a Von Miller-less Broncos defense just couldn't find that forth gear. While Michael Bennett might actually hit the free agent market, players like Jadeveon Clowney, Khalil Mack and Anthony Barr all look like they could be that missing defensive piece for the Titans.

While position like middle linebacker and quarterback may be more appealing right now, the Titans should focus on those two areas of need before trying to bring in and groom a player at those other positions.

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