The Senior Bowl practices have came to an end, and all that’s left now is the game itself. With that in mind, we looked at players on the North Roster that could match area of need for The Tennessee Titans.
Jourdan Lewis (CB, Michigan)
The Titans secondary was the weakest link in a solid defensive unit last season. Teams converted at will when throwing towards the now jobless Perrish Cox. Though Cornerback play improved immensely when Leshaun Sims came in, it’s still a need. Lewis had an excellent career at Michigan and has looked good at practice in Mobile. He could immediately help covering the slot, and may be able to blossom into an outside role.
Cooper Kupp (WR, Eastern Washington)
Another unit that largely underachieved last season, was the Wide Receivers. Though, Rishard Matthews had a hot stretch to end the season, the rest looked mediocre at best. Kendall Wright has flashed a few times in his Titans career, but only topped the 1,000 yard mark once. And with Wright likely leaving for Free Agency, this position becomes more of a need. This FCS dynamo could step in and do damage in the slot. He is a polished route runner and can create seperation. He did very well in Senior Bowl practices, has enough hype to be selected as high as the second round. Unless the Titans can recoup their second, he may not be available.
Steve Tu’ikolovatu (NT, USC)
Al Woods has performed admirably at the Nose Tackle spot, albeit without any flashy impact. But, is he the future of the position for the Titans? Probably not. Penn State standout Austin Johnson could take the spot, but why not give him some competition. Tu’ikolovatu is a 350 pound, true Nose Tackle. He has shown an almost immovable anchor in the run game, and beats double teams with regularity. Big Steve had an impressive week in Mobile, and looks to climb draft boards.
Dan Feeney (OG, IUP)
Now, I know your thinking right now that we don’t need an interior offensive lineman and essentially you are correct. The spot was manned last year by UDFA Quinton Spain and New England cast off Josh Kline, both of which did well. Sebastion Tretola is waiting in the wings ready to go. The position seems set. Dan Feeney has possibly risen the highest of any so far in the Senior Bowl. He’s an athletic specimen at the position and brings a fiery competitiveness that was fully on display this week. He could quite possibly have the highest upside on interior for the Titans, after Alabama stand out Chance Warmack departs.
Derek Rivers (OLB, Youngstown State)
The Outside Linebackers were a bright spot for the Titans last year, with Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo combining for 19.5 sacks. But, we are not that far removed from Orakpo’s multiple pectoral tears and Morgan hasn’t been the shining example of durability either. Rivers is an FCS star from Youngstown State. He can beat his man with speed off the edg, and he shows refined hand usage. There are many quality EDGE defenders in this draft, and Rivers could make it until the third round.