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The Titans Are On The Clock


The Titans are in the same situation that most teams drafting in the top 10 have - a need for a franchise quarterback.

Former No. 3 overall pick Vince Young hasn't lived up to the billing of a franchise quarterback and could be traded or released at some point this offseason. Veteran Kerry Collins is unsigned.

For the first time in 17 years, the Titans will not be led by head coach Jeff Fisher. Offensive line coach Mike Munchak takes over and with no bonafide quarterback options available at No. 8 in the Fan Mock Draft, where will the Titans turn their attention?

The defensive line could certainly use a boost and the defensive tackle who arguably has the biggest upside in this draft is Auburn's Nick Fairley. A one-year standout, Fairley was the best defensive lineman in the country last season and at 6-4, 290 pounds can be the disruptive pass rush force that the interior of the line has lacked since the departure of Albert Haynesworth.

Last year, the Titans spent their first-round pick on defensive end Derrick Morgan who showed promise before a season-ending knee injury. Complicating the Titans' defensive end picture even more is the fact that starters Jason Babin and Dave Ball are unsigned. Babin flourished under defensive line coach Jim Washburn and earned his first Pro Bowl bid. Ball is underrated having posted 8.0 sacks last season. Of course, don't forget the fact that Washburn left Tennessee for Philadelphia this offseason.

If the Titans want another pass rusher, North Carolina's Robert Quinn, Cal's Cameron Jordan and Missouri's Aldon Smith could be had at this spot.

Tennessee has already stockpiled talent at the cornerback position, but the best player regardless of position on the board is LSU's Patrick Peterson. Of course, the Titans already have a Pro Bowl returner in Marc Mariani so Peterson's return skills might not be as valued here. A complete surprise could come if Nebraska's Prince Amukamara becomes the king of the cornerbacks here by being the first selected off the board.

Could an offensive tackle come off the board here? Whether you prefer the more athletic Tyron Smith of USC or fundamentally sound Anthony Castonzo of Boston College, the Titans have one of the best tackle duos already in place with Michael Roos and David Stewart.

The biggest need is solving the conundrum of who will be the franchise quarterback, especially in a division with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis. Of course, to counteract that the Titans could shore up a defense that ranked 26th in yards allowed in 2010 and 28th in yards allowed the year before that.

Who will the Titans select with the No. 8 pick in the Fan Mock Draft? You are on the clock.

Previous Picks No. 1 - Carolina: QB Cam Newton, Auburn
No. 2 - Denver: DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama
No. 3 - Buffalo: LB Von Miller, Texas A&M
No. 4 - Cincinnati: QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
No. 5 - Arizona: WR A.J. Green, Georgia
No. 6 - Cleveland: WR Julio Jones, Alabama
No. 7 - San Francisco: DE Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson

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