ESPN's Todd McShay put out a new mock draft today (In$ider). This time he was joined by two current NFL scouts who helped him make some of the picks. It yielded some interesting results, including the Titans taking Alabama WR Julio Jones with the 8th pick in the draft. Here is how McShay and the scouts handled the picks:
The ground rules were simple. A three-way coin flip determined the order of picks and the scouts did not pick for their own teams for obvious reasons. Trades were not a consideration for these purposes, and picks were made based on what we think will happen when considering a number of factors, including player evaluations, team needs, scheme fits and buzz from around the league.
I would assume this one was done today, meaning that they took into account the Kenny Britt arrest.
Obviously this doesn't make it anymore likely that the Titans will actually take Julio with that pick, but he seems to be moving up draft boards pretty quickly. I don't expect them to overreact to Britt's arrest, but it also isn't something they can completely ignore considering that one of the charges against Britt is a felony.
As a Titans fan I hope it doesn't cause Britt to miss any games, but I think Roger Goodell probably gives him a game or two whenever he is allowed to do so because this isn't Britt's first brush with the law. It is about time for the Titans to really determine whether or not they think Britt is ever going to reach his potential. He has showed up out of shape two years in a row to training camp, and Jeff Fisher said on his radio show that the hamstring injury that caused him to miss 6 games last year was caused partly because Britt wasn't riding the bike on the sideline between possessions like he was supposed to be doing. The kid has all of the talent in the world, but it doesn't do this franchise any good if he can't stay on the field.
If we are being honest with ourselves, this receiving core is really bad without Britt. There are guys like Damian Williams and Marc Mariani that have potential, but they haven't proven themselves as NFL receivers yet and neither of them look to be dynamic playmakers like Julio and A.J. Green have the potential of being.
The Titans probably don't want to spend that first pick on a receiver, but it might end up being in their best interest.