In my previous post that extends an invitation for guest writers at Titans Tracker, I said that mock drafts are a waste of time. What better way to follow that post by writing about mock drafts!
The mock draft by National Football Post currently projects Cam Newton to be drafted number one overall by the Carolina Panthers. The prediction makes sense from this standpoint: Carolina hired new coach Ron Rivera and is clearly in rebuilding mode after going 2-14 in 2010. Rivera is a defensive coach, but if the Panthers believe Newton has the potential to improve on the field and represent the Panthers well off the field, the talented quarterback may be the first off the board.
NFP’s mock draft has the Titans picking all-world cornerback Patrick Peterson at number 8. It is certainly possible that Peterson or Prince Amukamara could fall to the Titans, and I’d be happy if either of those players wears Titan blue in 2011.
NFP’s draft coverage is excellent. Features such as detailed scouting reports on draft prospects are available for free, whereas the online sports superpower charges a monthly subscription fee for premium content.
NFP says Patrick Peterson’s biggest weakness is his tackling: “[Peterson ] has the ability to come up and tackle, but doesn’t break down real well, doesn’t always see what he hits and has a tendency to fall off too many ball carriers.”
With Cortland Finnegan, Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty on the roster, is cornerback a position of need for the Titans?
I think the Titans would be better served trying to get a defensive lineman (DaQuan Bowers, Marcell Dareus Nick Fairley) in the first round and a project quarterback (Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick, or Ryan Mallett) in the 2nd round.