Mel Kiper has put out a new NFL mock draft (In$ider) this morning. He has the Titans going what has become a popular route in mock draft lately; CB-TE. It is not something I really expect them to go, but I don’t think it is crazy anymore. Pairing Delanie Walker with another dynamic tight end would make this offense lethal.
As for the players that Kiper has the Titans selecting, he had the Titans going with Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State with the 5th pick. His comments:
I went back and forth here between Lattimore and Mike Williams, the wide receiver out of Clemson. I settled on Lattimore, and I think the Titans could end up with the best cornerback on their board here. They had a heck of a time covering anybody last season, and cornerbacks cost a mint in free agency (and you won't find great ones there anyway). Lattimore isn't going to come in as an All-Pro, but the potential is significant, and the Titans need bodies.
With the 18th pick, he had the Titans going with my boy, O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama:
I was between Howard and the next guy off the board for this pick, but ended up with Howard for two reasons: One, they need pass-catchers, and Howard is a weapon who doesn't have to take away from Delanie Walker. Put them both on the field; it's just provides Marcus Mariota with more weapons. Two, Walker is 32, and if he gets injured, Howard would provide immediate insurance. Get Howard now and another wide receiver later (or in free agency).
I would be ecstatic if the draft played out this way. Would you be?