TENNESSEE TITANS NFL DRAFT PLAN OF ATTACK
TE, CB, IOL, DT, OT, WR
FREE AGENT ACQUISITIONS:
OLB Vic Beasley, RB Derrick Henry (franchised), OT Dennis Kelly, LB Kamalei Correa (re-signed), OT Ty Sambrillo, QB Ryan Tannehill (re-signed)
FREE AGENT LOSSES:
QB Marcus Mariota, RB Dion Lewis, WR Tajae Sharpe, TE Delaine Walker, OT Jack Conklin, DT Jurrell Casey, LB Wesley Woodyard, OLB Cameron Wake, CB Logan Ryan
ROUND 1 TARGETS:
DE A.J. Epenesa, DE Yetur Gross-Matos, G/C Cesar Ruiz, WR Brandon Aiyuk, WR Tee Higgins, WR Jalen Reagor, CB A.J. Terrell, CB Jeff Gladney, CB Jaylon Johnson
ROUND 2 TARGETS:
OLB Julian Okwara, CB Damon Arnette, CB Noah Igbinoghene, CB Trevon Diggs, LB Willie Gay Jr., WR K.J. Hamler, WR Laviska Shenault Jr., Michael Pittman Jr., TE Cole Kmet, G Robert Hunt, OT Isaiah Wilson, OT Ezra Cleveland, OT Prince Tega-Wanogho
ROUND 3 TARGETS:
CB Amik Robertson, CB Cameron Dantzler, CB Troy Pride Jr., CB Bryce Hall, CB Michael Ojemudia, CB Cameron Dantzler, CB Darnay Holmes, CB Troy Pride Jr., OLB Josh Uche, OLB Jabari Zuniga, LB Malik Harrison, WR Chase Claypool, WR Bryan Edwards, WR Van Jefferson
PLAN OF ATTACK:
The Titans are a team that could go many different ways in the first round. They could use a young cornerback as there’s no guarantee that Logan Ryan returns to the team this offseason. There could be some solid prospects starting them in the face too. Jaylon Johnson, Jeff Gladney, and A.J. Terrell are just a few of the options the Titans could be looking at.
They could also choose to bolster their offensive line. They could use a young offensive tackle who can be looked at as the future replacement for Jack Conklin who left for the Browns. If they go that route, late in the first round it’s possible that Josh Jones or Austin Jackson could be on the board. Those are a couple of huge men who have plenty of strength and both also move very well for their size. They could also look to upgrade the interior of their offensive line. It isn’t a sexy move but getting a guy like Cesar Ruiz would make a ton of sense for the Titans. He can play either guard or center and both of the Titans current starters at those positions are both 30 years old or over.
One last route the Titans could go in round 1 would be with an edge rusher. They did bring in Vic Beasley to replace Cameron Wake, but he has been wildly inconsistent throughout his career. They could consider Yetur Gross-Matos, or A.J. Epenesa if either were available at this point.
In Round 2, the Titans could get a shiny new tight end. The best this year is Cole Kmet from Notre Dame. He’s not the biggest tight end in the Draft, standing just 6’4 and weighing 25 pounds, but he has natural instincts as a pass catcher and is an aggressive blocker. He could push both Jonnu Smith and Mycole Pruitt for playing time.
The Titans could grab that cornerback to flesh out their secondary here in Round 2. A guy who would make sense is Noah Igbinoghene from Auburn. He’s a bit raw as he’s only played the position for a couple of seasons. He is extremely physical in coverage and can also return kicks. With Malcolm Butler and Adoree Jackson ahead of him on the depth chart, he wouldn’t have to be forced into action before he’s ready.
The Titans could also grab a young receiver like K.J. Hamler or go with an edge rusher. Some pass rushers they could consider would be Josh Uche, Terrell Lewis, or Curtis Weaver. Any of those three would be worked in on a rotational basis in year one.
If the Titans go with an interior offensive lineman, and then a cornerback in the first two rounds, they could get a pass rusher in the third. Tennessee’s Darrell Taylor is an exciting prospect. He’s rough around the edges but has all the physical tools to develop into a disruptive presence on the edge. They could also consider Julian Okwara, or Jabari Zuniga. Okwara is interesting as he played with his hand in the dirt at Notre Dame but fared quite well when he was asked to play on two legs. He is raw, but the potential is exciting.
If the Titans haven’t grabbed a tight end yet there could be some solid options available in the third. Names like Adam Trautman, Brycen Hopkins, and Hunter Bryant would all be considered. A dark horse position the Titans could address earlier than expected would be running back. They franchised Derrick Henry and it’s unclear whether or not they’ll sign him to a long term deal. Behind him, the depth is horrifying as the team lost Dion Lewis in free agency. They could look for a back here in round 3 with names like Cam Akers or Zack Moss being the best possible options.
Round 1: Cesar Ruiz G/C, Michigan
Round 2: Cole Kmet TE, Notre Dame
Round 3: Cam Akers RB, FSU