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Tennessee Titans 2012 Draft Preview

By Scott Garbarini, NFL Editor

(Sports Network) - Running the football and pressuring the quarterback were major trouble spots for the Titans a year ago, with the team ranking 31st in the league in both rushing yards and sacks. While the acquisitions of seven- time Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson and defensive end Kamerion Wimbley should help improve the production in each of those categories, adding more talent to the mix still seems to be on the agenda. Tennessee unsuccessfully pursued a number of veteran centers in free agency during the offseason, so it may instead turn to the draft to obtain someone to push incumbent Eugene Amano, and little depth remains behind Wimbley and slow-developing 2010 first-round choice Derrick Morgan on the outside of the defensive line. Cornerback will also likely be a position of interest following the exodus of stalwart Cortland Finnegan, and the Titans may seek an eventual replacement for 10-year pro Will Witherspoon at weakside linebacker at some point as well.

2011 Record: 9-7

Top Needs: CB, C, DE

First Three Picks: No. 20, No. 52, No. 82

Number of Selections: 7 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2011 - Jake Locker (QB, Washington); 2010 - Derrick Morgan (DE, Georgia Tech); 2009 - Kenny Britt (WR - Rutgers); 2008 - Chris Johnson (RB, East Carolina); 2007 - Michael Griffin (S, Texas); 2006 - Vince Young (QB, Texas); 2005 - Adam "Pacman" Jones (CB, West Virginia); 2004 - none; 2003 - Andre Woolfolk (CB, Oklahoma); 2002 - Albert Haynesworth (DT, Tennessee).

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