Titans' 1st-Round Pick Kendall Wright Should Start After Britt Arrest

Sigmund BloomNFL Draft Lead WriterJuly 20, 2012

May 11, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans first draft pick wide receiver Kendall Wright (13) leaps for the pass during minicamp workout at the Titans training facility at Baptist Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

Sometimes going with the best player available in the NFL draft can address a glaring need for a time, you just have to wait a few months for it to happen.

When the Tennessee Titans took wide receiver Kendall Wright 20th overall in the draft back in April, most branded it a "best player available" pick because the Titans had many holes that needed more attention than their wide receiver corps. Three months later, the Titans might be looking to Wright to be in their opening-weekend starting lineup.

No. 1 wide receiver Kenny Britt was already recovering from three knee surgeries, including an ACL replacement. Now, ESPN's Paul Kuharsky reports that Britt was arrested Friday morning for driving while intoxicated. This will be Britt's eighth arrest since he became a pro in 2009. He avoided suspension last year because his arrests came while the players were locked out, but Britt will not be so lucky this year.

With an almost inevitable suspension coming, the Titans can put Wright in the lineup for Britt without a hitch because they were already training him to play Britt's position. John Glennon, of the The Tennessean, reported back in May via Twitter that offensive coordinator Chris Palmer had Wright line up in Britt's "X" position first, and it would be the first wide receiver spot in the offense that he learned.

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean believes Wright is "ahead of schedule" in his development and Palmer basically agreed, according to Wyatt, calling him "football smart." Palmer also said Wright was "exactly where we want him to be" and he was "really happy" with what he has seen from Wright.

At least, the Titans can be happy about one of their wide receiver's offseason.