NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A wrap-up of the Tennessee Titans' draft.
Best move: Addressing the run game with a running back, fullback and right tackle should do a lot for an offense that really needs to be balanced. Fifth-round back David Cobb should put pressure on Bishop Sankey as the team sorts out carries. Fourth-round fullback Jalston Fowler can plow holes, catch passes and even take some carries. Third-round tackle Jeremiah Poutasi should win the open right tackle job and help enhance a physical tone up front, where the Titans need to make a breakthrough. The Titans need to supplement Marcus Mariota and the passing game -- and hold the ball more to allow the defense to work less. These moves should help.
Riskiest move: Spending pick No. 40 in the second round on Dorial Green-Beckham, the troubled receiver who was kicked off Missouri's team and finished as a practice-only player at Oklahoma. The Titans are good at delivering a measured message on their research and the risk and reward of such a selection. But GM Ruston Webster and coach Ken Whisenhunt are trying to stabilize an organization and build job security. Maybe they get great production out of a guy who has seen the error of his ways; maybe they get a headache they have to explain constantly.
Most surprising move: Although I like Fowler as part of the overall run push, 108th seems high for a position that qualifies as role player. Even if he can play fullback, H-back and some running back, how many snaps a game can he average, considering the other options who can play H-back and take handoffs? Given the team’s holes and need for guys who can compete for starting jobs, I was surprised by the pick. When Cobb was still available 30 picks later, it seemed a bit less of a stretch.
File it away: Sixth-round SAM linebacker Deiontrez Mount didn’t start a lot or produce a great deal at Louisville. But he’s got the frame and enthusiasm that could pay off at the spot, particularly if veterans Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan are healthy and producing in 2015, with Mount allowed to come along as slowly as he might need.
My take: GM Webster said it suited their humble personalities, but it always feels somewhat disconcerting when picks such as fourth-round defensive lineman Angelo Blackson and Fowler say they were selected higher than they expected. At the same time, confident personnel people choosing solid fits and trusting their grades is what a team should strive for. The Titans needed an additional cornerback, so that's one place they failed to enhance options as needed. Thumbs up.