Titans can address RB, ILB later in draft

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Often times, a team has a hole and feels a ticking clock until it’s filled.

Good drafting requires talent recognition, patience and an understanding of how your peers value positions and people.

The Tennessee Titans need a running back, and taking one in the second round could amount to hurrying there, though they could reasonably take Tre Mason, Carlos Hyde or even Jeremy Hill.

They don’t have a third-round pick, but could easily wait until the fourth or even fifth round to snag a running back. They believe, as do many analysts, that there are capable backs who will be available then.

I think they need an inside linebacker, too.

They brought in free-agent Wesley Woodyard to man one of the spots in the middle in the new 3-4 scheme. Holdover Moise Fokou has some NFL 3-4 experience. After that, are the guys they have in the middle -- Zach Brown, Colin McCarthy, Zaviar Gooden -- correctly cast there?

I think a young guy who is tailored to the system and can be on the field every down is a need. Alabama’s C.J. Mosley is an attractive candidate who will be a first-round pick.

But just like teams believe running backs can be found later, the view is often the same about interior linebackers.

“I think typically you can get those guys in the middle rounds,” general manager Ruston Webster said. “There’s some depth at that spot.”

It seems to me it’s advantageous to be in need at two spots where there will not be any sort of mad rush for players, and the shape of and priorities in the draft will allow the Titans to focus elsewhere earlier if they so desire.