Tennessee Titans' Free-Agency and Draft Wish List
The Titans have plenty of tough decisions to make to try to get themselves over the hump and into the playoffs.
Contrary to popular belief, last season was not a complete failure. The defense proved that it has a solid foundation, and it's just missing a few pieces.
The offense obviously still has a few big questions, most notably if quarterback Jake Locker is the future.
Last offseason was a busy one for the Titans in free agency, but they won't need to be quite as aggressive this time around.
Here is what the Titans' wish list should be in the draft and in free agency.
Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
Anthony Barr out of UCLA is looking like the popular choice for the Titans at this early stage. This guy has the raw talent to be a premier pass=rusher at the next level, and would be perfect for a 3-4 defensive scheme that the Titans are expected to implement.
Akeem Ayers, another former UCLA linebacker, regressed in 2013. He hasn't shown that he can be relied upon as a consistent pass-rusher so far.
However, it's still somewhat of a long shot that Barr will slip all the way down to the 11th pick. If the Titans are lucky enough to get a chance at him, they have to jump all over the opportunity. He would instantly add a solid pass-rushing element that the Titans lack overall.
The Titans have to be hoping that Barr slips down a few spots. He would be the perfect fit.
Luke McCown, QB, Chicago Bears
There's probably not a single player in the NFL who helped his stock in free agency more than Josh McCown did while he was filling in for an injured Jay Cutler.
The Titans have to find some answers at quarterback, and it's not a foregone conclusion that it's still Jake Locker's show to run. He still has a lot to prove in the offseason to give himself another chance under yet another offensive coordinator.
McCown wouldn't be the franchise quarterback for the Titans at age 34, but he would bring some stability to the position for at least a season or two.
Ken Whisenhunt is going to open things up for this offense in his first season as head coach. That means the Titans have to have a reliable passer, and McCown proved numerous times that he can win as an NFL starter.
If the Titans are losing faith in Locker, McCown would be the perfect fit to take over until the Titans find another young quarterback to groom as a backup.
This wish might be far-fetched considering that McCown may still be open to staying with the Bears as Cutler's backup, according to a report from Larry Hartstein of CBSSports.com.
A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
The Titans have to come up with a backup plan at quarterback, and there are plenty of quarterbacks to choose from in the NFL draft.
A.J. McCarron has so much upside for any team looking to get a quarterback that knows how to win and has experience in a pro-style offensive system. His intangibles are also exactly what you want to see in a young quarterback.
He makes sense for the Titans because he doesn't have to necessarily come in and start right away. McCarron would have at least a season to learn on the bench with a head coach that knows how to effectively coach quarterbacks.
If McCarron is available in the second round, the Titans need to strongly consider pulling the trigger and getting themselves a Plan B for the future.
Michael Bennett, DE, Seattle Seahawks
Michael Bennett may be busy with the Super Bowl, but he's still going to have to make a decision once he becomes a free agent this offseason. He'll most likely get a lot of money thrown his way to tempt him into leaving Seattle.
The Titans are just a few pieces away from having a very formidable defense. Bennett would be a huge addition lining up opposite Derrick Morgan at defensive end. Add to that a couple speed guys at linebacker, and suddenly the Titans have a potent pass rush.
It's a long shot that the Titans would have the money to lure Bennett from the Seahawks, but it's still a wish worth having. He would transform this defense into an upper-tier defense.
Golden Tate, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Why not cherry-pick off of the Super Bowl champs if you're the Titans? Golden had a very underrated season for the Seahawks, and would be a nice complement to the rest of the Titans' receiving corps.
Tate would also bring special-teams value in the return game, which the Titans may still need.
Even though the Titans are currently pretty solid at wide receiver, adding a guy like Tate would really complete this passing offense. We still don't know how much gas Nate Washington has left in the tank, and Kenny Britt is basically a lost cause.
Tate is a young player who could find a decent role on this team playing in the slot for a relatively cheap price. The Titans should take a look at him in the offseason.