The Titans had a mediocre 2012-13 season, and are sitting on top of the 11th overall pick in the 2014 Draft because of it. There are many holes that the Titans could fill through their high pick, but the question is, which position will that be?
Recent signs are pointing to quarterback.
According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, the Titans will not be picking up QB Jake Locker's 5th-year option. Tennessee drafted the young quarterback with the 8th overall pick in 2011, hoping he would emerge as the franchise leader. While Locker has shown flashes in the pan, injuries and a mediocre supporting cast have ultimately held him back.
No one on Earth blames the Titans for this move. The fifth-year option would be worth a whopping 14.6 million, and would also include a guarantee for injury.
That simply isn't a good move to make on a unproven quarterback with health issues.
Taking an wider look into the teams' situation, drafting a QB would be a very wise move. At pick 11, it might not be. The 2014 draft class is chock-full of talent, including the quarterback position. For instance, while the Titans are on the clock in the second round, there's a great chance Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo will be available. Garoppolo has all the physical tools that could translate into the NFL, and new head coach Ken Whisenhunt could mold him into a successful NFL quarterback. That would allow the Titans to focus on improving their backfield by drafting a player like Oklahoma St. CB Justin Gilbert, who could immediately become a leader for the defense. All we know at this point is, Locker isn't locked up, and the future for this team holds endless possibilities.
Bring on the draft.