The Titans never appeared completely settled at safety this season.
The problems began before training camp when rookie Markelle Martin needed knee surgery. He never played a down.
Next, defensive coordinator Jerry Gray replaced Jordan Babineaux with Robert Johnson in training camp, moving Michael Griffin from free to strong safety in the process. After two forgettable games, Babineaux returned to the lineup and Griffin returned to free safety. Babineaux fell out of favor again later, replaced by Al Afalava.
Griffin was easily the best of the bunch, posting 103 tackles and four interceptions. But he had his share of missed tackles.
If the Titans choose to address the safety position in the NFL Draft, however, they will have a deep pool of talent to choose from. Even with a few of the best — Texas' Kenny Vaccaro, Florida's Matt Elam and LSU's Eric Reid — absent from the Senior Bowl, the crop of safeties here is a very good one.
"It could open some eyes because some of the people that got the most attention over their careers aren't necessarily the best players," said Rob Rang, senior draft analyst at NFLDraftScout.com. "The safety class might be the strongest class at the Senior Bowl. So if (Titans general manager) Ruston Webster and the rest of the Tennessee staff is looking at that position, I think they're going to be very happy with the talent in Mobile."
A closer look at some of the safeties here:
Bacarri Rambo, Georgia. The 6-foot, 215-pounder had a great junior season, intercepting eight passes and earning All-American honors.
Tennessee Titans will have deep pool at safety in NFL Draft
Tennessean | Jan 23