Titans expect to land a first-round talent with second-round selection

Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 11:07pm

Ruston Webster did not see any need Thursday to try and work a deal for another first-round pick, one in the later part of the round.

Set to start the second day of the 2013 NFL draft with the eighth pick of the second round (40th overall), the Tennessee Titans general manager figured a first-round talent was likely to fall to him.

“The thing about the second round is you never know who’s going to drop — that guy you think might be a first-round type player — especially when you’re picking in the upper part of the second round,” he said. “I always feel like the second round is of great value if you’re picking in the upper part of it. … There are some good players that just happen to drop out and they might have some first-round talent.”

The draft continues with the second and third rounds Friday (5:30 p.m.) and concludes with the final four rounds Saturday (11 a.m.).

The Titans took guard Chance Warmack in the first round (10th overall). He was the second guard and fifth lineman selected overall.

The available talent for Day Two offers the potential for Tennessee to stick with the offensive line as it stands pat in the order. An overhaul of the offensive line has been a consistent project this offseason.

“This was an offensive line draft,” Webster said. “That’s pretty obvious and there will be more to come. There will be players in the second and third round that will end up being good NFL offensive linemen.”

Safety is a position the Titans need to address for the long-term. They added two veteran free agents, neither for more than two seasons. They selected Markelle Martin in the sixth round last year, but he sat out the entire season with a knee injury.

They also are likely to add a cornerback and to bolster their defensive line before all is said and done.

The good news is that, generally speaking, their needs match what this draft has to offer.

“I think offensive line is still deep, still good, defensive back is strong, whether it’s cornerback or safety,” Webster said. “Those are probably the two deepest left on the board. There are still some good receivers and things like that, but I would say those are the two deepest.”

The remaining picks for the Titans:

Friday
Second round: 40th overall
Third round: 70th overall
Third round: 97th overall

Saturday
Fourth round: 107th overall
Fifth round: 142nd overall
Sixth round: 202nd overall
Seventh round: 216th overall
Seventh round: 248th overall