Mock Draft Monday: Draft Month is Here

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the first time here on Mock Draft Monday, we are inside a month until the 2015 NFL Draft. The Titans will be on the clock with the second overall pick in just 24 days.

Until then, more mocks.

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Sports Illustrated's Peter King](http://mmqb.si.com/2015/04/01/nfl-mock-draft-peter-king/) thinks the Titans take Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, although his rationale was hardly concrete.

"I'm going mostly by the look in coach Ken Whisenhunt's eyes when he talked about the pick last week at the league meetings," King said. "Pretty scientific, huh?"

Will Brinson of CBSSports.com has the Titans going with USC DL Leonard Williams.

"Williams feels like such a safe choice (even though such a thing doesn't exist), he can improve this defense immediately and it keeps Ken Whisenhunt from being under the gun with a high-profile quarterback taken at the top of the draft. You have one of those and your clock is ticking."

NFL.com's Brian Baldinger says the Titans will go with a pass rusher in Florida's Dante Fowler Jr.

"Ray Horton's defense gets the draft's best pass rusher and puts him opposite Brian Orakpo," he said.

YahooSports.com has a pair of mock drafts. Both Eric Edholm and Shaun King say Williams will be the second overall pick.

"Short of finding a long-term solution at QB, they'll instead continue to upgrade a front seven that should be markedly better with Williams, Jurrell Casey, Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo and Co. on the attack," said Edholm. "The Titans don't have the most daunting opposing quarterbacks on their schedule this season and should hope to win close games with defense."

"This is where the draft gets interesting," King said. "After retaining Derrick Morgan and adding Brian Orakpo, the Titans don't have a pressing need at defensive end, but there are no cornerbacks or running backs deserving of the No. 2 overall pick."

Edholm also added a second round of predictions. He says the Titans will fill their need at right tackle with the 33rd overall pick, selecting Pitt's T.J. Clemmings.

"First-round talent could be a Day 1 starter for a team wanting to re-establish a ground game," he said.

Nate Davis of USA Today agrees with the Yahoo Sports duo, saying the Titans will take Williams.

"Arguably the draft's best player. With the Titans addressing their pass rushing deficiencies in free agency, they can focus on targeting premier talent," he said.

SB Nation's Dan Kadar goes with Mariota as the number two pick, but also says that Jameis Winston and Leonard Williams could be options for the Titans (if available).

Scout.com's Jamie Newberg has the Titans taking a new signal caller in Mariota.

"I find it hard to believe they would turn away from a signal caller like Marcus Mariota," said Newberg. "It's my contention they draft the former Oregon Duck or trade out of the spot to someone that wants him and grab extra picks."

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