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Tennessee Titans top NFL Draft targets: right tackle

My Q&A with Terry Lambert

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For those that don't know, Terry Lambert is one of the newest writers and MCM and he specializes in NFL Draft information. If you aren't reading his stuff, read it. Lambert has outstanding takes and breakdowns of every position you could ask, and if you enjoy draft talk and/or the Titans then he is your guy.

With the release of Michael Oher making the Titans need at right tackle official, I asked Lambert where the Titans should look in the draft for a player to plug that hole.

WL: "Where would you rank right tackle on the Titans list of need?"

TL: "My needs list currently reads quarterback, rush linebacker, right tackle. They signed Oher as a "band-aid" type last season, but we all saw how well that went.  The only guy that was on the roster last year worth getting another shot was Byron Stingily, but he is set to hit the open market in March.  With a struggling rushing attack and youth at the quarterback position, right tackle has to be a position of focus this offseason."

WL: "Who is the most NFL ready that will be at the top of round 2?"

TL: "There's a large group of tackles in that second tier that are slotted to go anywhere from pick 16-40.  Andrus Peat, TJ Clemmings, Ereck Flowers, Cedric Ogbuehi, Ty Sambrailo and Cam Erving are all in that mix.  I'm fully expecting a run on tackles late on day one, so it's a little tough to project who will be left on day two. 

If I had to pick one, I think Flowers has a decent shot of lasting until pick 33.  He's quick out of his stance and is a mauler in the run game.  His pass protection form needs to be cleaned up to fix some balance issues, but the athletic ability is there.  He played right tackle his freshman year at Miami before moving to the left side in 2013."

WL: "Which prospect is the best late round sleeper right now?"

TL: "Rob Havenstein from Wisconsin.  He played on the right side in college, accumulating 28 starts for his career.  Havenstein was a key cog in that stout rushing attack, leading the way for Melvin Gordon.  He's 6'7, 330 pounds and will flatten anyone standing in his way.  He isn't a great athlete and struggles against speed rushers, but he can step in and upgrade the Titans' run game immediately.  He has that mean streak that you want in the run game."

I would like to thank Terry again for his help on this. If you haven't, follow him on twitter and check out his scouting reports.