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Who highlights the North roster?

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The Tennessee Titans are set to coach the Senior Bowl this year, and they have been assigned the North team. Without getting into too much detail (something that I will do on Senior Bowl weekend) here are the top players that the Titans could start to like at the Senior Bowl (in order by number on the roster).

#0 Paul Dawson LB, TCU

Obviously he won't be wearing number 0 in the game (he wore 47 in college), but that's where he is listed on the roster. Dawson is a rangy ILB that is likely to go in the middle of the second or the beginning of the third.

#7 Ty Montgomery WR, Stanford

Montgomery was heralded as the second best WR coming into this year, but he has really suffered with a lack of consistency and bad QB play. His ability to make plays after the catch and to play as a return man will likely lead to a mid round pick, and for the Titans who need help in both areas, he should be a target.

#11 Kevin White WR WVU

Kevin White is one of (if not) the best receivers in this draft. His ability to high-point the ball at his height is special, and for all of Amari Cooper's production, it is White who has the H/W/S combination that will make GMs drool. If he is there in the second round the Titans would be insane not to draft him, but if the Titans traded down this could be a top target.

#28 Ameer Abdullah RB, Nebraska

The Titans (hopefully) will need a running back to replace Shonn Greene next year, and Abdullah has a lot of talent and rarely gets tackled on first contact when he is in the open field. This is a guy who will be one of the eight running backs drafted in the fourth round, and he will be a solid value there.

#55 Hroniss Grasu C, Oregon

Grasu is probably the top ranked center in this year's draft, but (just like Mariota) he may be knocked down on draft boards because of his system. The Titans may want to consider moving Schwenke to LG this year given his quickness, and if they do that then adding a true center makes sense.

#63 Michael Bennett DT, Ohio State

The Titans need a true NT for their 3-4 defense, and while I like Sammie Lee Hill, he seems to disappear for too long. Bennett has shown a balanced ability to rush the passer and anchor against the run, and his height will limit him to being a NT. Looks like a solid third round pick.

#68 T.J. Clemmings RT, Pittsburgh

Clemmings is maybe the best run blocking tackle in this draft, if you assume Iowa's Brandon Scherff will make the move to guard in the NFL. Clemmings likely won't be around for the second round, but if he is this could be the book end tackle that the Titans should want to pair with Taylor Lewan.

#95 Danny Shelton NT, Washington

Shelton is a huge NT, who is naturally built to stop the run and disrupt QBs. While some think he is a first round lock, rarely do players like Shelton go that high. He has top-40 talent, but his positional value isn't high.

#98 Hau'oli Kikaha EDGE, Washington

Kikaha is the poor man's Shane Ray. Kikaha's motor burns red hot and he has a variety of ways to get to the QB. Knee issues may scare teams away, but if he is healthy it looks like Kikaha could be one of the top three pure pass rushers in this draft.

#99 Nate Orchard EDGE, Utah

Orchard is a weird evaluation. On one hand he is a productive edge rusher that makes plays for Utah. On the other hand he really doesn't do anything exceedingly well. Orchard feels like a late third round pick to me, and I honestly have no idea whether there would be value there or not.