The Tennessee Titans had a year to remember and also one to forget. After playing over eighty active players, they managed to obtain the #1 seed. It was short lived, as they were eliminated by the Cincinnati Bengals, but there is a silver lining. The Titans got to gauge the holes on the roster in real time and now have a chance to correct them.
2022 Coach of the Year Mike Vrabel has done wonders getting players that fit his philosophy with the help of Jon Robinson. This year Tennessee will have to fill those holes with players that will make an impact early, but can they find those players with limited picks? Here is how they can:
Round 1, Pick 26: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
The Julio Jones experience wasn’t one of splendor for the Titans. The veteran receiver was a shell of himself, and it didn’t help that A.J. Brown missed time as well. The Titans should look to get a player that can compliment Brown’s physicality and also be a pseudo number one if he misses time.
Chris Olave is one of the best pass catchers in this year’s draft and has all the things the Titans are missing. His speed, route running and big play ability allow him to be a number two or a feature in any offense. Seeing as he is a deep threat by trade, he will keep defenses honest just due to his presence on the field, opening up the box for Derrick Henry. Tennessee needs to balance out the offense and drafting Olave would be a step in the right direction.
Round 3, Pick 26: Jaelyn Duncan, OL, Maryland
With just one pick on day two, the Titans should fill their major needs. With uncertainty at the right tackle spot, filling that hole with a starting caliber rookie would be ideal.
Duncan is a mountain, standing 6’6” and weighing in at 300+ pounds. He has a great punch and footwork in pass protection and is athletic enough to get out in space for runners. His only drawback is that he can lose his leverage at times, but the raw tools are there for this giant to become a household name in Nashville.
Round 4, Pick 25: Derrick Deese Jr., TE, San Jose State
Round 4, Pick 38: Montaric Brown, CB, Arkansas
Round 5, Pick 26: Leon O’Neal, Safety, Texas A&M
Round 6, Pick 25: Danny Gray, WR, SMU
Round 6, Pick 10: Rachaad White, RB, Arizona
Day three will be more of the same for the Two-Tone Blue. Filling holes with young starters should be the top priority.
Tight end, corner and safety are all still major needs for Tennessee, so grabbing some quality late round athletes will go a long way.
Derrick Deese Jr. could fill the tight end role early. He has NFL bloodlines, as his father was an offensive lineman in the league. He has the blocking chops to be a stud at the next level, as well as active hands to catch difficult passes in traffic.
Brown and O’Neal are both tenacious defensive backs that who could fill holes left by veterans. Brown is a sticky corner who is rarely out of position when mirroring receivers. With Janoris Jenkins gone and no concrete evidence that 2021 first round pick Caleb Farley will be ready to go, Tennessee would have incentive to draft Brown. O’Neal is a thumper with strong coverage skills. He has the size and athleticism to play the big nickel spot that is now vacant. He also falls into the philosophy of Vrabel.
Still, the offense needs more depth. For years now, the Titans have needed reliable receiver depth as well as a backup for Derrick Henry.
Gray is a shifty pass catcher who would be best suited playing in the slot. His long speed would open up possibilities for big plays.
Rachaad White is a great change of pace back with nice burst. His play style is a stark contrast from that of Henry’s, but that is what the Titans have lacked. After Henry’s injury last year, Tennessee will need to find a viable back-up and White fits that mold.
Can the Titans tighten up the roster with a haul of young impact players? We will have to wait and see on April 28th.