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State of the Tennessee Titans Roster: Defensive Tackle

Pretty safe to say that defensive tackle will be the most watched position on this team in 2009.  In case you haven't heard, the Titanslost the best defensive tackle in the league this offseason.  There is no question that there isn't a player in this group that is as good as Albert Haynesworth, but I really do believe that Jim Washburn can take this group and get their play as a whole be better than the DT play as a whole in 2008.

Tony Brownis the incumbent starter.  He is one of those guys that Washburn has pushed the right buttons to make him realize his potential.  He is a run stuffer who can get after the passer a little bit and has some nice dance moves, but in all seriousness, he is a valuable asset to this rotation.

Jovan Hayeis currently listed as the starter at LDT.  I am very interested to see what the Titans will get out of Haye.  He is a hometown boy, playing his college ball at Vanderbilt, and had a very good season in 2007 when he recorded 6 sacks with Tampa.  Haye followed that up with a 0 sack performance last season, so it remains to be determined what type of player he really is.

Jason Jones is the guy that most of us expect to emerge as a start.  He showed flashes of being really good, especially in his 3.5 sack, 3 forced fumble performance against the Steelers last season, but it remains to be seen if he can be a steady performer over the course of a 16 game season. 

The other unknown is 2nd round pick Sen'Derrick Marks.  Marks showed a lot of upside in his career at Auburn, and if history has taught us anything it is that Wash can coach up a guy like that.  It will be exciting to watch his progression through camp and into the season.

Kevin Vickerson is coming off a decently productive season and should continue to improve this season.  He is a solid role player to add depth to this group.

Then there is the object of shake's affection, Mitch King.  King put up some really good numbers in college as a defensive end.  He listed as a DT on the current depth chart.  He will have to put on some weight to play at that position.  If he is able to do that he will probably make a strong push to make the roster.