Titans Season Preview The selection of the Titans in the team draft shocked everyone in the league. Not only were they chosen with the 3rd pick with so many other great teams available but they’re also the worst team in the league and a team many expected not to be picked at all in the draft. However, what others see as a depleted team is a team full of youth and unproven talent to the owner and a team he hopes will compete from day one. Quarterback The starter is #2 pick in the 2015 draft, Marcus Mariota. Mariota comes in rated very well with 87 TAS and 88 TAM to go along with his 88 SPD and 89 THP. The Titans will definitely look to utilize Mariota’s speed and will look for him to create when plays break down. Backing up Mariota will be Zach Mettenberger who can probably start on a number of teams with 95 THP and mid 70’s in accuracy ratings. Runningbacks The leader of the pack will be Bishop Sankey and he will be given every chance to secure the #1 RB spot in training camp. Sankey is not the big power back Coach Curtis used to with his 56 TRK but he is quick and elusive as shown by his 80 ELU, 84 SPM, 89 JKM and 91 AGI. Challenging Sankey will be rookie David Cobb who will be the power back with 87 CAR and 86 TRK. Dexter McCluster will play the role of the 3rd down back where the team can take advantage of his 93 AGI and 80 CTH. Wide Receivers In the eyes of Coach Curtis this WR core is stacked. You have 5 guys rated 74 or over and you have everything you would need whether it be speed, height, quickness, etc. The starting WR spots still have to be decided but you can bet on Kendall Wright(83 OVR, 90 SPD, 90 CTH, 87 CIT) to lock down one of the spots. The other spot will come down to Hakeem Nicks(78 OVR, 85 CTH, 93 JMP, 87 CIT), Justin Hunter(75 OVR, 90 SPD, 95 JMP, 90 SPC) and rookie Dorial Green-Beckham(74 OVR, 89 SPD, 85 CTH, 90 SPC, 87 CIT). The coaching staff REALLY likes DGB and will give him every opportunity to take over the #2 spot in camp. A strong camp by Nicks or Hunter can push Wright to the slot position where his skillset would be better utilized. Tight Ends The tight end position is led by veteran Delanie Walker. Walker is one of the better rated tight ends in the game (87 OVR) and will be the safety valve for Mariota when everything else is covered. Walker will be backed up by speedy TE’s Craig Stevens (81 SPD) and Taylor Thompson (85 SPD) who should give opposing LB’s problems in coverage. Offensive Line The offensive line may be the weakest position on the team and one area the Front Office will look to upgrade. The group is led by recent draftees RG Chance Warmack (84 OVR, 92 STR, 93 RBK, 85 IPB) and LT Taylor Lewan (81 OVR, 91 STR, 91 RBK, 84 IPB). Veteran LG Andy Levitre (82 OVR), RT Byron Stingily(74 OVR) and C Brian Schwenke(72 OVR) round out the group. Defensive Line The Titans will be moving to a 3-4 defense which is one of the reasons Coach Curtis chose them as the 3rd pick. The leader is Pro Bowler Jurell Casey(92 OVR, 91 STR, 89 BSH, 92 PMV) and he will be looked at to continue his stellar play going forward. The NT and LE spots are still to be decided with battles between Al Woods and Sammie Hill at NT and Mike Martin and Ropati Pitoitua at LE to be decided in camp. Linebacker If you’re looking for speed, this linebacker core has it all. With only guy under 81 SPD and 3 guys with 89 SPD or above, this group will be flying all over the field. Brian Orakpo(87 OVR, 81 SPD, 93 PMV, 87 BSH) and converted DE Derrick Morgan(87 OVR, 77 SPD, 93 PMV, 82 BSH) will provide the pass rush from the outside. On the inside will be a 3 way battle between Avery Williamson(77 OVR, 83 SPD, 89 TCK), Wesley Woodyard(77 OVR, 84 SPD, 80 TCK) and speedster Zach Brown(75 OVR, 89 SPD, 85 TCK). Kaelin Burnett, Zaviar Gooden and Jonathan Massaquoi will be the backups in the event of an injury. Cornerbacks The cornerbacks will follow the lead of Jason McCourty(86 OVR, 92 SPD, 82 MCV, 87 ZCV) who will be the #1 CB and will be tasked with stopping #1 receivers. Parrish Cox (79 OVR, 83 MCV, 86 ZCV) will most likely man the #2 CB spot. The nickel CB will be decided in camp between Brandon Harris (73 OVR, 81 MCV, 77 ZCV) and UCONN PRODUCT BLIDI WREH-WILSON(72 OVR, 75 MCV, 78 ZCV). Odds point to Wilson winning out for no other reason than he went to UCONN, only the best college in America. Safety Da’Norris Searcy will be the leader in the secondary from the SS position as he comes in 86 OVR, 88 SPD, 80 MCV and 75 HPW. Alongside Searcy will most likely be Marqueston Huff who will get the nod over veteran Michael Griffin. Huff is younger and faster(89 SPD) and fits with the theme of the team giving young guys a shot.