Titans' hidden treasure: Cornerbacks

Examining a position group that could exceed its preseason expectations:

Lose a known name, fail to replace him with a equally notable veteran or a prominent draft pick, and outsiders tend to panic. That’s what’s happened in Tennessee as the Titans lost Cortland Finnegan as a free agent to St. Louis. But the Titans never valued Finnegan the way the Rams and other suitors did.

And the Titans feel they have sufficient people in place to get the same sort of play out of their cornerbacks.

Jason McCourty played better than his twin brother, New England’s Devin McCourty, last season and is poised to be the Titans’ top cover man in 2012. Alterraun Verner came on to replace Finnegan outside in the nickel. Now Verner will start outside and kick inside the way Finnegan did. He’s not super fast, but he is super smart, and the Titans will be sure to give him deep help when he needs it. Second-year man Tommie Campbell worked through the offseason as the third cornerback, and the team is confident it has added enough polish to a raw guy to have an effective piece. He’s got blazing speed, so getting beat deep won’t be his issue.