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Titans believe Locker is franchise QB

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By Arthur Arkush

We've been hearing for a few weeks that the Titans were chomping at the bit to draft Washington QB Jake Locker but they did not think he would be around when it was their turn to pick in the second round (39th overall).

Their solution: go get their guy with the eighth overall pick.

The fact that GM Mike Reinfeldt selected Locker over Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert, PFW draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki's top-rated QB who was surprisingly still available, tells you all you need to know about how much they like Locker.

He's a smart, athletic signalcaller who people close to him say is the kind of guy you would want to marry your daughter. He can make all the throws, and possesses the mobility to get outside the pocket, which is something new head coach Mike Munchak has indicated he is looking for.

Locker finds himself in a perfect situation in that the Titans possess one of the most explosive running backs in the league in Chris Johnson and they have said they are going to get off the bus running the football.

If WR Kenny Britt can stay out of trouble, he looks the part of a prototypical No. 1 wideout who is going to make Locker look good more often than not.

The ultimate question hanging over Locker, who likely would have been the top overall pick had he come out as a junior, is what happened to his production his senior season? Was the talent around him that bad, or is his accuracy and inability to make the right reads something that will plague him at the next level?

While all of those questions will be answered in time, I applaud Reinfeldt for sticking to his guns and going out and getting the guy he views as a franchise QB for the organization for years to come.

Sure, the Titans have plenty of question marks on defense, but the most important position in football is quarterback, and Tennessee found itself the antithesis of Vince Young to lead the team as it begins a new chapter under Munchak.

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