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2010 NFL Gridiron Gab Mock Draft: #16 Tennessee

The Titans look to continue to try and keep momentum from last season, a season which saw them start off 0-6, only to claw their way back into the playoff race late in the season. Vince Young has matured into what every Titans fans thought he could be when they drafted the All-American QB from Texas. Add in dynamic RBs Chris Johnson and Lendale White and the Titans have one of the most potent running attacks in the league.

And with the 16th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans select..

DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida

A lot of question marks exist around Pierre-Paul. He is a raw talent, but has a high ceiling once he gets used to the pro game and the nuances of the pro game.

Matt Gallardo of TitansGab likes his pick..

This raw talent will allow the Titans to use his pure speed and agility to improve their outside pass rush. His high ceiling will be tough to pass at this point in the draft, and his athleticism has drawn many comparisons to fellow Titan, Jevon Kearse.

Todd McShay of ESPN agrees..

Tennessee has seen its fair share of talented defensive linemen come and go under head coach Jeff Fisher, and while Pierre-Paul has a chance to become the next player on the list he is also a big-time risk. On one hand he is arguably the most naturally gifted defender on the board, but on the other hand there are concerns about his mental capacity and inexperience. However, Pierre-Paul is worth the risk at this point in the first round.

Scott Wright of DraftCountdown offers more assessment on the young talent, but agrees he is worth the risk..

The Titans roster is actually in pretty good shape but holes at defensive end and cornerback definitely stick out like sore thumps. With Kyle Vanden Bosch moving on as a free agent this offseason the Titans are left with just a handful of unproven youngsters at defensive end, which doesn’t bode well for their pass rush. The Titans used the 16th pick in the 1999 NFL Draft on a sack artist with freakish physical gifts by the name of Jevon Kearse and they may try to hit paydirt again with “JPP”. South Florida’s Jason Pierre-Paul only spent one season at the Division I level after transferring in from the JUCO ranks but he wasted no time asserting himself as one of the country’s most feared pass rushers and a top pro prospect. Checking in at 6-4 ¾ and 270 pounds, Pierre-Paul is an explosive athlete with Jason Pierre-Paul | South Florida Bulls great speed, a rare burst and a non-stop motor. Although still very raw there is simply no denying Pierre-Paul’s natural talent and unlimited upside.

Halfway there and this is what the draft looks like thus far…

16. Tennessee Titans- DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida
15. NY Giants- LB Rolando McClain, Alabama
14. Seattle Seahawks- RB CJ Spiller, Clemson
13. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida
12. Miami Dolphins- DE Jerry Hughes, TCU
11. Denver Broncos- WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
10. Jacksonville Jaguars- DE Derick Morgan, Georgia Tech
9. Buffalo Bills- QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
8. Oakland Raiders- OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
7. Cleveland Browns- S Earl Thomas, Texas
6. Seattle Seahawks- DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
5. Kansas City Chiefs- S Eric Berry, Tennessee
4. Washington Redskins- OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
2. Detroit Lions- OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
1. St. Louis Rams – QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

On the clock…the San Francisco 49ers once again..

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