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Best options to replace Bernard Pollard

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Who makes the most sense to take over Pollard's snaps?

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans have a lot of money, and will have even more after the Bernard Pollard cut. One of the biggest holes on this team is defensive back, specifically safety. With that in mind, this is a list of the best fits to replace Pollard.

Best on the team option: Daimion Stafford

Stafford is rangy enough to start at the strong safety position (if you believe in playing a free and strong safety), and he is the closest thing to a young Bernard Pollard that you are going to get. Stafford is coming into his third year and has the talent to be the enforcer type of safety that this team needs.

Best free agent option: Devin McCourty

McCourty is obviously going to be the top safety on the market this offseason, but he can do more than just be a great cover safety. McCourty actually scored higher in PFF's run stopping category this year than Bernard Pollard ever did in Tennessee.

Best option in the draft: Derron Smith (Fresno State)

Smith is a safety who is an exceptional closer in the run game, but isn't someone that will go in the top three rounds. The Titans have way too many needs at the top to of the draft, but on Day Three he would be a solid draft pick. If the Titans are looking to add some youth to this team and solidify depth, Smith is someone that could sit behind Stafford for a year before becoming a full time starter.