The Tennessee Titans spent a first round pick on Jake Locker three seasons ago and has yet to live up to his lofty draft status as the team’s franchise quarterback. As a result, the Titans are expected to pursue finding a long-term solution at the sport’s most important position in May’s draft.
“You always have to be prepared because you never know what can happen,” Whisenhunt said, via The Tennessean. “If there is an opportunity in this draft where you have a guy you think is really good, then you have to look at it. But more importantly you have to look at 2-3 years down the road.
“It is about finding out about these guys. And then, if you don’t have them on your team, you know about them. And if something happens down the road you’ll have an important piece.”
Locker did not have his 2015 option picked up so he’s entering lame duck status and will need to have his best season yet if he hopes to remain in Tennessee for longer than the next 16 games. Despite his injuries and inconsistencies, Whisenhunt is saying all the right things to puff up his young quarterback.
“I feel great about Jake,” Whisenhunt said. “That position, there is so much intangible value to certain things that you do, and Jake has those.
The Titans may not take a quarterback in the first round with at least four teams ahead of them in the draft with a pressing need at the position, but if the board sets up nicely for them to add an arm in the second or third round don’t be surprised if they add an AJ McCarron, Zach Mettenberger or Jimmy Garoppolo.