The Tennessee Titans are in a bit of a transitional period this offseason as they aim to get younger and faster. It’s clear that their old core just wasn’t good enough and it’s time for the Titans to go in a new direction as a franchise.
So, how will that affect what they do in Round 1 of the upcoming draft? And is this the year they make a truly big splash at the quarterback position? And ultimately, how will those picks affect the Titans playoff chances?
BetTennessee.com scrutinized the situation and came up with hypothetical odds for which position they will select at No. 11 during next week’s NFL Draft:
Position Titans Most Likely to Address
Assessing Choices for Titans
There are only two positions that seem reasonable for the Titans to pick in Round 1: offensive line and quarterback. Heading into the 2023 NFL Draft, the Titans have one of the worst offensive lines in the league. However, they should be able to get a quality offensive lineman in Round 1 if they decide to go in that direction.
The best fit for the Titans is Paris Johnson Jr. from Ohio State. He has the prototype size and athleticism to play left tackle in the NFL, but he also has a ton of experience at guard. The Titans could ease him into the lineup at left or right guard before moving him over to left tackle full-time. He is the best left tackle prospect in this class, and given Mike Vrabel’s connection to Ohio State, this feels like the most likely pick for the Titans at No. 11.
Outside of offensive line, the Titans need to get a quarterback of the future sooner rather than later. Ryan Tannehill has been a good quarterback for the last several years, but he turns 35 in July and has thrown for only 34 touchdowns over the last two seasons. He still can be a decent quarterback, but the Titans need to find someone to develop behind him.
Anthony Richardson (Florida) would be the ideal quarterback to pair with Tannehill as they have similar styles of play. However, Richardson is the far better athlete and has a much stronger arm. He needs at least a year in the NFL to sit behind an established starter and that’s why the fit with the Titans does make a lot of sense. But will he fall to No. 11? That doesn’t seem all that likely and it might require the Titans to move up to acquire him.
If the Titans decide to go elsewhere in Round 1, receiver could be a longshot bet. Treylon Burks was up and down as a rookie and the Titans moved on from Robert Woods this offseason. Jaxon Smith-Njigba is the top receiver in this class and could instantly be their top receiver from the slot if that’s the direction the Titans decide to go in Round 1.
The Titans are at a crossroads and Tennessee sports betting apps seem to agree.
BetMGM Tennessee Sportsbook, for instance, gives the Titans +325 odds to win the AFC South. Not bad, but not as good as the clear division favorite, the Jacksonville Jaguars, at -150.
Meanwhile, DraftKings has the Titans (+350) in the same position, behind the Jags (-150) but ahead of the Indianapolis Colts (+500) and Houston Texans (+1000).
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The Titans must upgrade their offense this offseason and using the No. 11 pick on an offensive lineman or quarterback seems very likely at this point. Look for the Titans to be aggressive adding talent to that side of the ball early in the NFL Draft.
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