The Tennessee Titans received some quality play from former first-round quarterback Jake Locker last season before injuries cut things short, and there’s no reason to give up on Locker just yet. It’s clear that 2014 is a make-or-break year for the strong-armed quarterback, and he’ll have to continue to show that he has sufficient decision-making, accuracy, and technique to succeed as an NFL starter, because there is no questioning his physical tools. Ken Whisenhunt is a much better head coach than Mike Munchak, so we’ll see how much of an effect he has on Locker’s development in the 2014 offseason.
Although the Titans are fully expected to pick a position other than quarterback in the first round, they could pick up a guy in the second. According to the Nashville Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt, the Titans will host Fresno State Bulldogs star quarterback Derek Carr on a pre-draft visit on Friday, and he would be an excellent option for the Titans if he is available for them in the second round.
While I think Carr will be selected in the first round and have him as a top-ten pick, there’s a good chance that he won’t be selected in the first. It all depends on how worried teams are about his scheme at Fresno State, his accuracy, and his ability to be coached up. I think he is very coachable due to his excellent intangibles, and I have fallen in love with his physical tools. That said, he has some risk to him, and the team that drafts him would need to work closely with him on his footwork. I think he would be a terrific option for the Titans in round two, so I’m glad Whisenhunt and the organization will be checking him out personally soon.