Over on NFL Draft Blog, Adam Schefter reports what others have said: the Titans are expected to trade for San Diego RB Michael Turner and Detroit WR Mike Williams. I referred to Turner in my offense review, but I thought I should address that topic more specifically. The problem with Turner is you’d need to sign him to a long-term contract for the deal to make sense. And LenDale White was drafted in the second round last year not to be a backup. Turner was signed to a 1st and 3rd round tender offer; now that he’s signed the offer it won’t take that, but San Diego might use it as a starting point for negotiations. Let’s face it, the Titans aren’t very good. To give up a Willis McGahee-type deal, maybe a second and a conditional 2nd-5th pick next year, doesn’t make sense if the Titans have any faith in LenDale White’s ability. They need a back, but not at that cost.
As to Mike Williams, well, he’s certainly not worth a #1 pick. Mike Furrey’s playing ahead of him. He barely outproduced Justin Gage last year. The Lions have reportedly been on the verge of cutting him. If Norm Chow, who coached him at USC, still believes in him, then I guess you can pick him up. He also has more experience at the NFL level than a rookie would. But I certainly wouldn’t spend a first day pick for him… a 5th or 6th rounder, sure.