In Hunter, another piece for Locker

April, 26, 2013
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans were the NFL’s worst scoring defense in the league last year.

So 65 percent of their offseason additions have come on offense.

It’s not a disconnect.

They are determined to give Jake Locker the best possible chance to succeed at quarterback. They gave him a giant, fast target by trading up to the second spot in the second round, 34th overall, to draft University of Tennessee receiver Justin Hunter.

Tennessee gave San Francisco its second-round pick, 40th, a seventh-rounder (216th) and a 2014 third-rounder to draft Hunter, who the Titans saw as a mid-first-round talent.

He said he’s run as fast as 4.35 in the 40. At 6-foot-4 and about 200 pounds he’s a impressive target.

Will he make Nate Washington expendable? Will he serve as insurance for Kenny Britt, who’s a year from free agency?

It’s too early to say, but with Britt, Washington, Kendall Wright, Hunter, Kevin Walter and Damian Williams at the top of the group, there will be some healthy competition.

With a new H-back (Delanie Walker), two new guards (Andy Levitre and Chance Warmack) and Hunter headlining the team’s additions, Locker’s job should be less difficult.

“We’re hoping it gets easier,” coach Mike Munchak said. “There is a lot of stress on a quarterback, but when you can run the football like we’re hoping we can do with the changes that we made there, then that takes pressure off him. When you have receivers that we’re hoping can stretch the field, that can go up and catch the tough ball and go up and make plays if the ball’s not perfectly thrown every time, there is no doubt that’s our goal as a staff.

“Two years ago we made the decision on the quarterback we felt was going to lead this team to the Super Bowl. Now it’s up to us to surround him with people who can help him do that. And I think we’re doing that in the offseason and the draft. He’s excited, he understands it’s a lot on him too.”

The pool of players the Titans have added is a good one. I really like their first two picks.

The quarterback will need to make me, and a lot of people, into a believer.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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