If you look at a position and an area of the game that was an unexpected disappointment for the Tennessee Titans last year, it was the offensive line.
You could counter by saying wide receiver because of the colossal failure that the Julio Jones trade was, but overall the offensive line was a weakness that a lot of people didn’t see coming.
It all started when Ryan Tannehill took six bags at the 2021 opening match and ended with him as the second quarterback sacked most of the NFL. In fact, the offensive line was so bad password protection that the Titans gave up the seventh most bags of the whole team.
Taylor Lewan should be healthier this year with the return of Ben Jones and Nate Davis ended the season 2021 in strength, there is hope. You can also add the fact that Dillon Radunz looked good in his debut against the San Francisco 49ers last year and should be heading for the right starting tackle.
That leaves the guard open to competition after Rodger Saffold was cut for cap savings at the end of the year and was not adequately replaced during free agency.
As such, his void will need to be filled, and the only opportunity the Titans have left to do so is in the draft. We know he is a strong and physical team who preaches the victory on the line of scrimmage, but is that the most pressing need of the list right now?
Tennessee Titans can get better value in later rounds of the draft
Say something to the point – if the offensive tackle was that the Tennessee Titans were looking, they should address them in the first round. In fact, you could argue that they should seriously consider exchanging against one of the tackles of the elite draft if that was the position they were considering.
But as long as the Titans put Dillon Radunz at the right tackle (which they should), they need reinforcements on the inside offensive line and that’s not something that needs to be tackled in the first round.
It is no coincidence that tackles are normally heavily drawn on day 1 and the guards and centers are usually left for days. It is because the interior offensive line is one of the safest positions and the deepest positions in football project. In general, teams are better fill the positions that are not as easy to replace as EDGE, CB, QB, OT or WR.
Just look at the Titans themselves, they drafted Nate Davis in the third round to fill the right guard spot, and he did very well from almost the time he first jumped onto the field. Starting center Ben Jones was a fourth-rounder himself and has been incredibly consistent since arriving in Nashville.
Not only the Titans have proven that it is not necessary to invest first-round or assets equivalent in interior offensive linemen, but they need another big wide receiver. As for the guy who can be sure Finding game changers, it will not be much after the first round of the project.
The Titans exchanged against Robert Woods earlier in the offseason, but in the NFL today, teams seem to need at least three wide which is a legitimate threat to the opposition. The Titans are still without it, which means they must take care in the early draft, especially when there are legitimate questions about the fact that Ryan Tannehill is enough to bring the team to the top .
The Titans will have to find their solution at left guard next week in Las Vegas, but they’re not going to maximize their team’s potential if they prioritize that receiver out. We know what their identity is, but that shouldn’t stop them from taking on the right player at the right time.