The Tennessee Titans head into the second day of the draft armed with eight picks and the ability to maneuver up the draft board because of it.
“I think the good thing is we’ve got eight picks tomorrow and we’ll have the option of either going for depth at key positions or if we get the opportunity to move up for somebody we like higher in the third or fourth, we have the ammunition to do that,” Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt said.
The Titans still need to add to depth at cornerback and linebacker on Sunday, and Reinfeldt said cornerback especially is a place where there is still depth, including Vanderbilt’s D.J. Moore, San Jose State's Chris Owens and Nicholls State's Lardarius Webb.
“I think there is still some good depth at the tight end spots. There haven’t been a lot of people come off there,” Reinfeldt said. “At the defensive tackle spot, there’s probably some players that can help. The corner spot, I think there’s some people that can help, and there’s some good running backs too still out there.”
Before the Titans made Kenny Britt their first-round pick, ESPN showed highlights of Ohio State running back Chris “Beanie” Wells, who was on the phone at the time of the pick, leading to speculation that the Titans might select him.
That speculation was despite having spent a first-round pick on Chris Johnson last year and second-rounders on Chris Henry and LenDale White the previous year.
Wells instead went to Arizona with the 31st pick.
Asked about it later, Titans coach Jeff Fisher said with a tinge of sarcasm, “What we did was we followed ESPN’s recommendations, and we’re going to follow it tomorrow too.”
Despite sources confirming to The City Paper that trade proposal from the Tennessee Titans involving Anquan Boldin that appeared on Friday evening was false, rumors and talk of a trade for the Arizona Cardinals receiver did not die on draft day.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher addressed the situation, acknowledging phone calls to Arizona, but nothing in the way of trade talk conversations.
“Let me clarify things,” Fisher said. “There was a lot of speculation, a lot of reports yesterday evening. We never at any time made an offer to the Arizona Cardinals. We left several messages with them last night, but they never returned our call last night. We didn’t get in touch with them until before the draft today, and they said they weren’t interested in moving Anquan.”
With wide receiver as one of their need position, one of the better players in the draft at that position began falling down the board and toward them – Missouri’s Jeremy Maclin.
Instead, the Titans stood pat and instead allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to trade into the No. 19 spot held by Cleveland to draft Maclin.
“There was a lot of discussion and a lot of calls going in both directions prior to our pick,” Fisher said.
The Titans wound up selecting Rutgers’ Kenny Britt, the last of six first-round receivers.
Many draft boards were turned upside down by the unpredictable Oakland Raiders, as they chose Maryland speedster Darrius Heyward-Bey, who ran in the 4.3s.
That left the two highest-regarded wide receivers on most draft boards, Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree and Missouri's Jeremy Maclin, still available.