JOE BIDDLE: Titans brass on the clock

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If you like second guessing, and what red-blooded football fan doesn't, the NFL Draft is your cup of tea.

The first round of this year's draft is Thursday night and unlike most years, there is much more uncertainty surrounding this draft.

That is mainly because there aren't high price tickets such as Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III anywhere to be found in this draft.

Your Titans have the 10th pick and if you know who the first nine picks are going to be, please text Titans General Manager Ruston Webster.

This is a draft void of star power at the top because of a lack of offensive skill players. There may be only one quarterback drafted in the first round and that's not guaranteed.

Fortunately for the Titans, they are looking for the type players that will form the core of this draft. One would be linemen on both sides of the ball. Defensive ends that can put quarterbacks on their back. Safeties that can cover receivers and also stuff running backs at the line of scrimmage.

The Titans braintrust did a more than solid job of getting a jump on the competition during the free agency period. They haven't been this active in the free agent market since owner Bud Adams was a wildcatter.

This is Webster's second draft calling the shots. He surprised most fans last year by taking Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright with the 20th pick. Wright led all receivers with 64 receptions, which tied the Jags' Justin Blackmon for the most receptions for a rookie wide receiver. Mainly used as a slot receiver, Wright gained 626 yards and hit the end zone four times.

This year the consensus among Titans fans and media is that if Alabama guard Chance Warmack is there at 10, they will jump at him. Fat chance he will be there.

If North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper is there, odds are heavy they will take him.

“There is a good group of guards, good depth,'' Webster said. Warmack is more of a power type while Cooper is more of an athlete, a space player.''

Webster won't be pinned down and guarantee the Titans will take a guard.

“It could be one of three or four positions,'' he said, giving you as much insight as a shifty eyed casino dealer.

We know most of the Titans needs' are on defense. Why not? They gave up more points than any NFL team a year ago, most in franchise history.

Needs? Defensive end, check. Safety, check. Physical shutdown cornerback. Check. Check. Linebacker, check.

“We're looking to add competition at every position,'' Webster conceded.

When you are coming off a 6-10 season and your owner is threatening to clean house if the Titans fail to make the playoffs, no one is safe. That includes Webster and Munchak down to the grounds crew.

What makes predicting which player the Titans will take first is the fact there hasn't been a flurry of players going up, or sliding down, in the draft's pecking order.  Will they trade up to get Warmack for instance? Highly doubtful, especially if they can get Cooper. And if Cooper isn't there, they will go to the best player on their board that fills a need.

The draft is kind of like a beauty contest at the county fair. You have all shapes and sizes, different personalities, those loaded with brains, and those who are clueless as to how to obtain world peace.

You have to pick players for a variety of reasons. The Titans have to pick early round players that may be counted on to win a starting position.

They have nine picks over the seven rounds. They have two picks in the third and seventh (last) rounds.

It will be interesting to see when the Titans go on the clock for the first round, just what tricks Ruston Webster has up his sleeve.

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