Jadeveon Clowney a Titan?

The Titans are in desperate need of a dominant pass rusher.  And Jadeveon Clowney could fill that void.

Unfortunately for the Titans, they have the 11th overall pick in the draft and it is certain that Clowney will not be available. But with the right moves, the Titans could make a strong push for the talented defensive end.

It seems likely that the Texans will draft a quarterback number one overall. It makes sense that a new coaching staff would want a fresh start with their specific type of QB.

Now which signal caller they select is a different story.

If Houston takes either Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel or even Blake Bortles at number one - you better believe St. Louis will be getting some phone calls.

It's already been documented that the Rams are open to talks on trading the second overall pick.  But what could the Titans offer that would be enticing enough for St. Louis to trade down?

Simple.  Chris Johnson.

Don't get me wrong, Tennessee would have to give up their first-round pick as well - but it's a move that could work out perfectly for both sides.

If the Titans can make this happen they would be in prime position to draft one of the most prominent defensive players in recent history.

Why it makes sense for St. Louis:

The Rams already have a stellar pass rush, so drafting Clowney wouldn't be a bad idea, but they also need more playmakers on the offensive side of the ball.

Johnson claims he "isn't being used properly" in Tennessee and his production has declined ever since Fisher left.

Coincidence? Probably not, but there is a possibility that Fisher knows how to get more production of the talented back.

St. Louis has a good back in Zac Stacy, but he did have some injury concerns last year.  Trading for Johnson would take a lot of punishment off of Stacy.  Having Stacy as a backup would be like having a more athletic Shonn Greene.  Those two could form one of the more talented backfields in the NFL.  

But it doesn't stop there. 

With the Titans 11th pick, St. Louis would also be able to draft Mike Evans.  His tall frame would be the perfect target for Sam Bradford and a great compliment to Tavon Austin. Now, you have a potentially scary offense.

The Rams would have another selection just two picks later at number thirteen.  They could use that pick to replace potential cap casualties like Harvey Dahl, Cortland Finnegan and/or Scott Wells.  Taylor Lewan, Darqueze Dennard and Justin Gilbert could very well still be there.

The only problem trading for CJ would be his contract, but if the players I just mentioned are in fact released, then the Rams would have just enough room to bring him in.

The Rams are also in good shape to carry over his contract into 2015 and 2016.  Don't forget that they could also restructure his deal in the following years. The Rams will also have plenty of room to re-sign stud DE Robert Quinn, whose rookie deal is up after 2015.

At 28 and with six-straight 1,000 yards seasons, Johnson is at least worth a second-round pick.  Based on the draft trade value chart by draftcountdown.com, the Rams would come out a +130 if they pulled this deal off - making it a very good trade for them.  

The key factor is how Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead evaluate Johnson.  If they see him as being a major contributor then this deal could happen.

Why it makes sense for Tennessee:

If given the chance, how could you pass up a talent such as Jadeveon Clowney?

The Titans have a new coaching staff, including defensive coordinator Ray Horton.  Horton likes to employ multiple defensive sets that include alot of personnel changes.  Clowney would fit in perfectly.

I'm no scout, but I can say with confidence that he could fit into any scheme in the NFL.  There are several reports that confirm his ability to plug in anywhere he may go.

The Titans have a few players that will fit Horton's defense, but there are also a lot of questions. Adding Clowney would only stregthen the unit. He could line up as DE opposite of Jurrell Casey or even rush from the outside.  His impact could be tremendous.

He would add depth whether it be at linebacker or defensive line. He could become a situational pass rusher, much like Bruce Irvin did his rookie year until he comes into his own.  

Clowney has shown great ability to defend the run as well, which would help the Titans 22nd ranked unit last season.

Tennessee would also rid themselves of the massive headache that CJ has become and it would be a great move financially.  Personally, I like CJ, but his days in a Titans uniform seem to be over.

His production has not matched up to his salary, but why simply release him when you could get something back for your investment?

It's an interesting move that someone should look into.  Until then, fire up the smoke screens and let the speculation begin!