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2011 NFL Draft: Titans Offensive Staff Want TCU's Andy Dalton At No. 8

TCU's Andy Dalton has been rising up the charts and earlier today ESPN's NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert had Dalton going to the Vikings with the 12th overall pick which seems a bit high. The Bengals seem to have been high on Dalton for a while now and in some mocks have the Bengals trading back into the tail end of the first round to grab Dalton.

Now the Tennessee Titans are looking at taking Dalton with the 8th overall pick:

Several league sources said the Titans are high on Dalton and consider him to be an elite prospect who carries less of the varied risk of other quarterbacks in this draft. One source indicated the offensive coaches in Tennessee are pushing for Dalton, while the defensive staff is high on Auburn defensive lineman Nick Fairley.

Dalton has received lots of late interest, with teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins scheduling private workouts. I wouldn't be surprised if the Titans took Dalton eighth overall, nor would I be shocked if he was the second quarterback selected.

The Titans do need a quarterback in the worst way with Vince Young not on the team any more and only the veteran Kerry Collins as a realistic option. The Titans could wait on a quarterback, but they could risk on not getting a player who is near-ready to play right away.

It is starting to look like Andy Dalton is going to be moving into the top half of the first round, but watch on draft day he goes in the third round.

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