If the Titans plan on improving their defense, which was a 16th ranked defense in 2013, they need to draft defense. The Titans are on the rise in the NFL with loads of talent on both sides of the ball, but they still have a few holes they need to fill. Therefore, the Titans should draft LB Anthony Barr out of UCLA. Barr can fit perfectly in a 3-4 defensive scheme, most likely what Tennessee will move to with the hire of new defensive coordinator Ray Horton. Barr also would be coached by his former linebacker coach Lou Spanos, who was hired by Tennessee earlier this year.
Anthony Barr was a freak of nature at UCLA, putting up amazing numbers in his two years as a linebacker. His first two seasons he played running back, wide receiver, and tight end before transitioning to linebacker. During his first year at linebacker he put up quality stats, leading the nation with 13.5 sacks. Barr’s senior season he put up stats of 62 tackles, 20 for a loss, 5 fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, and 10 sacks. Those are respectable numbers for a second year linebacker. This is what the Titans need. They lack pass rushers who can consistently get pressure on the quarterback and force big plays.
Tennessee needs to jump at the opportunity to draft Anthony Barr, if he slips down to number 11 where the Titans draft. Barr would step in immediately and wreck havoc on opposing quarterbacks. He has all the skills and size to be a successful pass rusher in the NFL. Barr is a big, long pass rusher at 6’4″ and 248 pounds. Barr could step in right away and improve this Titans defense that just can’t seem to get to the quarterback on a regular basis. If the Titans are smart they’ll draft Anthony Barr and fill a much needed hole that’s been missing from Tennessee for far too many years. Look for Tennessee to draft UCLA product Anthony Barr with their 11th overall pick in this years upcoming draft.