2014 NFL mock draft: Titans take a pass rusher

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Our good friends over at Mocking the Draft have put out a new NFL mock draft this morning.

Stop me if you have heard this one before: The Titans need to get a pass rusher early in this draft.  That has been the case ever since Jevon Kearse left Tennessee for Philadelphia.  Some years they have taken a guy early that hasn't panned out, and some years they have just ignored the fact that they don't have any pass rushers.

The thing that is different about that statement this year is that a "pass rusher" can come in a different form.  They can now go after 3-4 linebackers that can rush the passer.  That really opens things up from a draft perspective, and that is why you will see mock drafts, like the one today from MTD, that have the Titans taking Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA:

The first Titans pick in mock drafts has often been used on an offensive lineman. But if Robinson and Matthews are both gone, as they are here, the 11th pick is a little rich for the third-best tackle. New defensive coordinator Ray Horton would love to get his hands on an athletic, relentless player like Barr. He worked wonders with Cleveland's pass rushers last season and Barr is just as good or better than any of them.

Sounds great to me!

Dan Kadar also did a second round today and has the Titans going with Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor:

There has been some discussion about the Titans releasing Chris Johnson, and if that happens running back becomes a big need. Seastrunk may not have Johnson's pure speed, but he's close. He's one of only a few runners this year who can break a big gain at any moment, and is underrated as a between-the-tackles back.

There you have it. Your thoughts?

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