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NFL.com Mock Draft Has UNC Guard Jonathan Cooper to Titans at #10

Posted by Gary Glenn on February 22, 2013 – 1:17 pm

Jonathan CooperNFL.com/NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks released his third mock draft and has Jonathan Cooper, a a 6-foot-3, 310-pound guard out of the University of North Carolina, going to the Titans at #10 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Brooks says: “Coach Mike Munchak wants to alleviate the pressure on quarterback Jake Locker by surrounding him with a dominant running game. Cooper would give the Titans an athletic interior blocker with the size, strength and athleticism to own the trenches.”

Brooks has Alabama guard Chance Warmack (6-3, 320) going to the Jets at #9.

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock told reporters last week that either Warmack or Cooper would be a great fit for the Titans.

“Chance Warmack from Alabama, I think, is the best football player I saw on tape this year, and Jonathan Cooper from North Carolina is just a tiny notch behind him — matter of fact, Cooper is probably a better athlete,” Mayock said. “If either of those players is on the board at 10, I’d jump all over them.”


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Re-signing Jared Cook a Priority for Titans

Posted by Gary Glenn on February 22, 2013 – 10:13 am

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Head coach Mike Munchak called re-signing tight end Jared Cook “a big priority” during comments he made to reporters Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

“He’s a big priority. He and Sen’Derrick (Marks) and Rob (Bironas),” Munchak said. “Those are three guys we’ve been talking to. Like I said, we can’t control when they’re ready to talk to us. Most players, when they get this close to free agency want to test the market.”

As a former player who went through a pair of labor strikes fighting to make free agency available, Munchak understands their position. He said testing the market doesn’t mean a player does not want to be here, or that the Titans don’t want the player.

“It just means they want to see if there is something better than what we have here,” he said.

GM Ruston Webster said he is on the same page with the coaching staff in their desire to re-sign the dynamic playmaker.

“We’ve always wanted Jared. That hasn’t changed, and I don’t see that changing,” Webster said. “We’re on the same page with the coaching staff. I would think he’ll be with us next year. He’s a big part of our offense. How it gets done, we’ll just have to see.”

Munchak said Cook is a player the Titans feel strongly about.

“We feel a big part about us having success next year is having him in the offense and using him in different ways,” Munchak said. “We feel like he’ll have an opportunity to catch more balls, be more productive and maybe (we’ll) have him be more efficient with the plays he’s in there without overworking him at that position.”


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