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Ranking the Tennessee Titans needs: defense

Why Leonard Williams may not make much sense.

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The draft is now only 11 days away, and the Tennessee Titans are the biggest question mark in this draft. Do they like their pass rushers? Do they think they can win with Zach Mettenberger? Do they think they should add another running back high in this draft? I don't know the answers to any of those questions, all I know is what the biggest areas of needs are for me going into the draft, and this is what they look like. This is the Titans defensive need rankings.

1. Linebacker

Keep in mind that OL, WR and QB are all bigger areas of need for me at this point, but if we are talking about purely defense linebacker has to be discussed. While I think Zach Brown and Avery Williamson are a good one-two punch, I think depth is needed there.

Now, the Titans found both Avery Williamson and Colin McCarthy in the later rounds of the draft and both looked good. McCarthy's career was derailed by injuries, but Williamson had a promising start as a rookie. Maybe the Titans look at someone like Stephone Anthony, Kwon Alexander, Paul Dawson, or Mike Hull in round three or four, but it isn't a huge need.

2. Safety

While I don't love Michael Griffin, he has always stepped up his game when he has been paired with a very good strong safety. The Titans don't have one guy who is a stud, but they have decent depth. If for some reason Landon Collins fell to the second round and Dick LeBeau had a plan for him, I think that would be an interesting pick.

3. EDGE Rusher

Brian Orakpo, Derrick Morgan, Kamerion Wimbley, and Jonathan Massaquoi are all players who should make the Titans 53-man roster, and I don't know how much depth the Titans want at the position, but it isn't as big of a need as many think. Should the Titans spend a top 33 pick on a player that will play, 400 snaps this season? I just don't know about that, especially for a team that only won two games last year.

4. Defensive line

For a team that is constantly taking Leonard Williams in mocks, this isn't exactly a dire need. The Titans have Jurrell Casey, Ropati Pitoitua, Sammie Hill, Al Woods, Mike Martin, Karl Klug, and DaQuan Jones on the defensive line, which is better than a lot of teams have from a depth perspective.

Sure the Titans could use Leonard Williams as a stud to pair with Jurrell Casey, but it isn't like the Titans don't have talented players that they could plug in there next year. Also, don't forget that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dick LeBeau wanted to keep Al Woods last year but the Titans got him instead, now LeBeau will get his chance to continue coaching him.

5. Cornerback

This really isn't a need at this point. The Titans have Jason McCourty, Perrish Cox, Coty Sensabaugh, and Brandon Harris, they just need a little depth. If there were a developmental cornerback like Josh Shaw or Alex Carter on day three then the Titans might consider it, but other than that, why not focus on bigger needs.