The Titans are in desperate need of a franchise quarterback, but Jimmy Morris of Music City Miracles doesn’t think that means they should spend a first-round pick on one. He elaborates in our Titans draft chat.
1. This team has a tendency to make nobody pass rushers into double-digit sack guys. Why waste a top pick on a defensive end?
Because the coach that made all of those guys into double-digit sack guys, Jim Washurn, is now with the Eagles. He did a great job of getting the most out of every guy on the roster. He is gone now, and there is no way of knowing if Tracy Rocker will be able to have the same success.
2. What are your thoughts on Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton. Does Tennessee jump in if either drops to the No. 8 spot?
I don’t care for either of them at 8. I’m not sure either of them is going to end up being a good NFL quarterback, and that is a high pick and a lot of money to dump into a player with so many question marks. Newton has all of the tools, but he faces a big adjustment to an NFL offense. There are also a lot of questions about how dedicated he will be to becoming the best player he can be. Gabbert also has the tools, but he wasn’t even that good in college and faces the same problems Newton does with moving to an NFL offense.
3. What’s the team’s top position of need?
Quarterback, linebacker, defensive tackle, in that order.
4. Any specific players you’re hoping they grab with that first-round pick?
I would love to see them end up with Julio Jones, but they won’t because wide receiver isn’t really a need. I would also love to see Patrick Peterson slide that far because he might be the best player in the draft, but I can’t see any scenario where he gets past the 49ers at 7. I just really hope they get a player that can step in and make an impact from the get-go of the 2011 season. This team needs a lot of help in a lot of places.