Jake Locker was working out in the Titans’ weight room about a month ago when had a chance meeting with Chance Warmack.

It was a couple of weeks before the draft, and Warmack was visiting Titans headquarters for an interview with the coaching staff. As part of the tour, he swung by the locker room where Locker was rehabbing his left shoulder.

The two spoke briefly. Warmack said he’d like to block for Locker, who immediately seconded the idea.

It worked out. The Titans selected Warmack, an earth-moving offensive guard from Alabama, with the 10th pick in the draft.

Locker’s assessment: “He’s a talented guy, a downhill player, physical force and brings an attitude to the game.”

And the Titans didn’t stop there. For all their concerns on defense, they spent their first two draft picks and three of their first five on offensive players. They traded up to get former Tennessee Vols wide receiver Justin Hunter in the second round.

Now the ball is in Locker’s court. Through the draft and free-agent moves that brought in offensive guard Andy Levitre, tight end Delanie Walker and change-up running back Shonn Greene, the Titans have surrounded Locker with the kind of talent his recent predecessors at quarterback did not enjoy.

Consider: Chris Johnson may have lost a step since his 2,006-yard season in 2009, but he’s still one of the true home-run threats in the NFL. Walker does not have the big-play potential of the departed Jared Cook, but he’ll be far more consistent and likely more productive over the long haul.