With the 2024 NFL Draft quickly approaching, it officially is #MockDraftSzn. With plenty of holes to fill, the Tennessee Titans will look to April to take that next step.
Will Levis looks to have taken over as the starting quarterback moving forward, as Ryan Tannehill looks to be looking for a new home this offseason. As the offense will need a young receiver to be Levis’s top target, expect to see premium draft capital used on this position. Especially with DeAndre Hopkins’ future uncertain.
2023 Season Recap
It was a trying season for the Titans, as they struggled to a 6-11 record, good enough for last place in the AFC South division. Injuries and inconsistent play buried any chances this team had of putting together a postseason run. While Levis looked the part at times, there were plenty of growing pains that this roster experienced.
Head coach Mike Vrabel was let go this offseason, ending a run of six years where he led the team. While Vrabel is still a strong head coach and looks to be in the running for an HC opportunity next year, the Titans decided they needed to make a move, bringing in Cincinnati offensive coordinator Brian Callahan.
The mastermind behind unleashing the likes of Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Callahan will bring a fresh perspective to the organization and hopefully revamp an offense stuck in the mud lately. Getting weapons around Levis will be a top offseason priority, as will bringing in offensive line talent to help Levis.
2023 Free Agent Departures
There are 24 players included in the free agency class for the Titans, headlined by Derrick Henry and Tannehill. While Tannehill will head elsewhere, Henry’s future could still see a return to the Titans, especially after Callahan’s comments.
Other players like Denico Autry, Azeez Al-Shaair, and Terrell Edmunds are set to test free agency, and their departures would hurt Tennessee’s depth.
1.07 – Rome Odunze, WR, Washington
Callahan is used to having a high-powered offense, especially with Chase and Higgins at his disposal. Recreating that offensive style will be tough, but there is an easy way to start that process.
Nobody in the country can guard Rome Odunze ☔️— College Football Report (@CFBRep) January 31, 2024
One of the top players in the NFL Draft❕❗️ pic.twitter.com/HstaZ9tGAu
With Hopkins’ future in Tennessee cloudy and Treylon Burks struggling, adding a WR1 like Odunze would do wonders. Expecting this to improve the offense overnight isn’t realistic, but Odunze would be an excellent first step.
2.38 – Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona
The offensive line is the biggest area that the Titans need to improve, and while Joe Alt or Olu Fashanu would be a likely target at 1.07, the Titans went a different direction early. With that in mind, they decide to address offensive tackle with Arizona’s Jordan Morgan in the second round.
A big-bodied mauler, Morgan is a 320-lb rock that would become the starting left tackle to project Levis. While BYU’s Kingsley Suamataia or Tailese Fuaga from Oregon State could also work, Morgan has been steadily in the top 5-7 OTs, so the Titans pick Morgan.
4.106 – Austin Booker, EDGE, Kansas
Without a third-round pick, the Titans need to maximize their picks, and adding an edge rusher will help. Booker made a big-time name at the Senior Bowl, climbing draft boards.
Kansas edge-rusher Austin Booker with two of the best rushes of the week within a few plays of each other during the ‘3rd down drop back pass’ portion of practice today. Inside spin + long-arm stab. pic.twitter.com/dlhONVXmmX— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) January 31, 2024
Booker’s stock will likely continue to rise and not let him make it past the third round. But as of right now, Tennessee would be smart to strike while the iron is hot, as he would be a solid fit in their edge-rush rotation.
5.144 – Audric Estime, RB, Notre Dame
Working with the idea that Henry will be elsewhere, it looks to be Tyjae Spears in the driver’s seat. But with no real depth behind him, it’s fair to expect Tennessee to look to add another young back.
With no clear-cut RB1 this year, it feels like a toss-up for how early the run on backs will begin. But if Estime tests well at the NFL Combine, there likely will be a push on Dynasty Twitter, increasing his draft stock.
It’s possible that Estime doesn’t fall this far, but for the sake of this article, let’s say he does. A downhill, big-bodied back that would do well alongside Spears, Estime fits the mold of who Tennessee likely would be looking for as their next young ball carrier.
6.183 – Josh Proctor, S, Ohio State
With Terrell Edmunds entering free agency, it makes sense for the Titans to grab a safety for their defensive backfield. While Proctor is not a top name in this class, he certainly would be a good addition.
Ohio State’s Josh Proctor completely smothers this route at the Senior Bowl. pic.twitter.com/RcjZzLhhyd— Bobby Football (@Rob__Paul) February 1, 2024
A 6’2″ safety with moldable skills, Proctor would slide in as TEN’s third safety, potentially even becoming a starter.
7.218 – Julian Pearl, OT, Illinois
Attacking a position of need multiple times is a good way for the Titans to protect Levis, so adding another offensive lineman late would do a lot for their depth. Pearl performed well at the East-West Shrine Bowl, showcasing why he was a big part of a solid Illini OL.
7.239 – Jha’Quan Jackson, WR, Tulane
I'm not going to lie, I think #Tulane WR Jha'Quan Jackson is this year's Tank Dell.— MJ Hurley (@mjhurleytdt) January 31, 2024
At 5'11, 185, @_Quann4 has the size, speed and route running to make it at the next level. #SeniorBowl pic.twitter.com/zaNbb9f7ps
With their final pick, the Titans upgrade their WR room again, selecting Tulane’s Jackson. His tape includes electric speed and field-stretching abilities, and the Titans need a burner to open up things for Odunze.
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