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2015 NFL Draft, where the Titans stand (it might be that time of year)

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Just for those interested.

Harry How

If the season ended right now, the Titans would end up drafting somewhere between the 5-8 range. That puts the Titans in a pretty good position to grab a top-end player. For what it is worth, this is a list of a composite top-10 draft board featuring rankings from CBS's Rob Rang, ESPN's Todd McShay and Mel Kiper, and B/R's Matt Miller with my thoughts on each player and how they would fit with the Titans.

(Again, this is not my top 10, it is a composite ranking.)

1. Marcus Mariota QB, Oregon

Thoughts: Mariota is the leader in the clubhouse now. While he is an exceptionally fast QB, the best part of his game is the understanding he has of his offense. Mariota looks in complete control when he plays and only runs when he has to (even though he can gouge defenses with his legs). Whisenhunt needs a player that can deal with a complex offense and go through his reads, Mariota is that guy and then some.

2. Leonard Williams 5-tech, USC

Thoughts: Williams looks like he could be an impact player on any defensive line in the league. The Titans struck gold with a defensive lineman from USC a few years ago in Jurrell Casey, and they could do it again if they grabbed Williams.

3. Cedric Ogbuehi OT, TAMU

Thoughts: Scouts and NFL teams don't usually get superstitious about players, but after the recent failures of highly ranked TAMU offensive tackles (Luke Joeckel/Jake Matthews) teams could be wary of drafting another one in the top-five. Besides, right tackles don't go in the Titans current range, and Tennessee seemingly has its left tackle of the future.

4. Randy Gregory EDGE, Nebraska

Thoughts: Gregory looks like a decent player, but I don't see the flashes of closing speed or a pass rush arsenal that a top 5-8 pick should have. Tennessee desperately needs help on the edge of this defense, but I think if they have their pick or pass rushers, they should go a different way.

5. Brandon Scherff OT, Iowa

Thoughts: I thought Scherff was what people said Greg Robinson was supposed to be last year. Scherff would be a very good right tackle, but he would shine as a left guard. With his foot speed and elite strength as a run blocker, adding this much nasty to a left side already anchored by Taylor Lewan could be a massive improvement to what they have now.

6. Jameis Winston QB, FSU

Thoughts: Winston is a problem off the field, but he also has the ability to be one of the most accurate QBs in this draft. Winston won the Heisman for a reason, and unlike some of the past college QBs to win the hardware, Winston plays within his scheme and has translatable skills to the NFL. There may be some mechanical issues that I can't see on first glance, but he passes the eye test ON THE FIELD.

7. Vic Beasley EDGE, Clemson

Thoughts: This is the guy I think would have the most impact on the Titans roster, outside of Mariota. Beasley plays with a great burst and has a great counter move (inside spin) that is too much for college OTs to handle. The Titans need someone to force QBs to step up into the grasp of Jurrell Casey and Karl Klug.

8. Amari Cooper WR, Alabama

Thoughts: Cooper is a very talented receiver, but can the Titans really take a risk taking a receiver this high? With big needs on the defense (at every level) and at the QB position, it just seems like a luxury they can't afford.

9. Dante Fowler Jr. EDGE, Florida

Thoughts: Fowler is a better fit for a 4-3 defense than a 3-4, and the Titans need someone who won't face a learning curve. After only managing to tally three sacks on the year despite playing some bad offensive line, teams may be souring on the idea of Fowler as a top-10 player.

10. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB, Oregon

Thoughts: Ifo looked like a great player in the preseason, but after some really bad recent outings and the fact that he is only 5'9", he doesn't seem like a top-10 player. The Titans can't take a swing and a miss after recent misses in the draft.