With the 16th pick of the 2010 Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft, the Tennessee Titans select South Florida defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
Here is Twon82's reasoning for the pick:
The Titans have had a solid defensive coaching staff for years (taking a major hit, of course, when Jim Schwartz thankfully left for Motown). Included in this staff is defensive line coach Jim Washburn, who is very good with helping young talent adapt to the pros. Titans fans and media have been nearly unanimously hoping/predicting that their beloved Titans would try to fill big holes in the defensive line left by Albert Haynesworth (to the 'Skins in '09) and KVB (to the Pride in '10). Jason Pierre-Paul has been described as "raw," but his athleticism is extremely intriguing and could easily be turned into a success in a Titans defense that has a known culture for success and toughness.
With all of that said, DE Derrick Morgan would have been a solid pick here being that it is being widely observed that he is more pro-ready than Pierre-Paul. It was because of this that I had a very tough time selecting between Pierre-Paul and Kareem Jackson, an extremely talented CB out of Alabama who will make a difference in this league. However, I think Pierre-Paul is strong and hungry enough to make a difference, especially with the Titans coaching staff leading him along. Also, the need for a DE is slightly more obvious right now.
Check out the 2010 Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft tracker for a look at all of the picks.
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