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2012 NFL Mock Draft: The Tennessee Titans Select...

Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

With the twentieth pick of the 2012 CSC Community Mock Draft, the Tennessee Titans (chosen by shipgoalie05) select...

Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

When you're picking in the first round, the goal is to add talent that will immediately help the team. This is especially true for the Tennessee Titans, who were the only team with a winning record to not make the playoffs last year. When you factor in that two teams in their division will likely struggle in the coming years (the rebuilding Colts and the offensively inept Jaguars), the time for the Titans to make a push for the playoffs is now. The best way they can do that is by taking the best player available here in the first round, regardless of need.

Luke Kuechly doesn't fit the Titans biggest needs, but he is one of top 10 or 12 players in the draft, and when you have an opportunity to draft a player as talented as Kuechly with the 20th pick, you have to take it. Kuechly is considered one of the safer picks in the draft because there aren't any negatives in game. He has the elite instincts, athleticism, and tackling ability you'd want from a first round linebacker, while also providing solid pass coverage. His production in college was the charts. The 2011 Butkus Award winner and two time All -American had a staggering 532 tackles (299 solo), 7 INTs (2 returned for TD's), and 17 Passes Defended in his 3 years at Boston College.

The only drawback to drafting Kuechly is that the Titans already have a solid young middle linebacker in Colin McCarthy. While McCarthy excelled at MLB in his rookie season after taking over for Barrett Ruud, he did play at OLB in 3 of his 4 years at the University of Miami. It is also possible that the Titans could move Kuechly to OLB, as his athleticism and instincts should allow him to play any of the 3 linebacker positions. When you add Akeem Ayers, last years second round pick , to Kuechly and McCarthy, the Titans will have the best young linebacking group in the NFL, so the Titans should not pass over an elite player like Kuechly in order to reach for a less talented player who may fill a need.

Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.

Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2012 CSC Community Mock Draft Section.

Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck - Stanford Legatron Morstead 77%
2 Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III - Baylor VAsaintsfan 78%
3 Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil - USC Hans Petersen 69%
4 Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson - Alabama Fan since the Aints 81%
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Morris Claiborne - LSU Alex Swift 50%
6 St. Louis Rams WR Justin Blackmon - Oklahoma St. GRIZZ 73%
7 Jacksonville Jaguars WR Michael Floyd - Notre Dame AcquiredPanic 51%
8 Miami Dolphins WR Kendall Wright - Baylor were gonna need a bigger boat 16%
9 Carolina Panthers DT Michael Brockers - LSU DatFan 43%
10 Buffalo Bills OT Riley Reiff - Iowa theprogrammerman 51%
11 Kansas City Chiefs G David DeCastro - Stanford Jimbo03 69%
12 Seattle Seahawks DE Melvin Ingram - South Carolina BASAINT 57%
13 Arizona Cardinals DT Dontari Poe - Memphis jeremysherwin 44%
14 Dallas Cowboys S Mark Barron - Alabama Saint for Life 59%
15 Philadelphia Eagles DE Quinton Coples - North Carolina caominh 26%
16 NY Jets LB Courtney Upshaw - Alabama GRIZZ 65%
17 Cincinnati Bengals WR Stephen Hill - Georgia Tech coldpizza
18 San Diego Chargers DE/OLB Nick Perry - USC Alex Swift
19 Chicago Bears TE Coby Fleener - Stanford Jay Cutler
20 Tennessee Titans LB Luke Kuelchy - Boston College shipgoalie05