2015 NFL Draft: Tennessee Titans offense turned around
By Will Lomas
Wow. That is the sentiment that should be going through the mind of every Tennessee Titans fan who has been watching the 2015 NFL Draft these last 24 hours.
Let’s get right into why these picks are great for the future of the Tennessee Titans.
Dorial Green-Beckham WR, Mizzou
The elephant in the room is that as a fan, you may be uncomfortable with DGB’s conduct off the field. If what he says is true and that he never hit a woman and that he is only in trouble for two illegal possession charges that isn’t a huge concern to me. Sure it is illegal and he got in trouble for it, but how many players in the NFL have been busted for something like that? I don’t condone his actions, but I don’t think they are a black mark on his record and neither do most of the people in the media apparently.
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So, since that is out of the way it is time to examine DGB as a player. First of all, he is over 6’5″ and he ran a 4.49. His athleticism is not limited to workouts, on an every down basis DGB looked like an NFL player playing against college aged athletes even in his sophomore year.
While he is best stretching the field and catching bombs (averaged 14.6 yards per catch), but that isn’t all he can do. When defensive backs backed off of DGB out of fear of the deep pass, Mizzou would call quick passes or screens to his side and he would beat defenders in the open field.
There is a strong chance that if DGB had stayed out of trouble he would be considered a top-10 pick, likely never making it past the St. Louis Rams. Instead the Tennessee Titans landed a steal even after they traded back in the second round.
Jeremiah Poutasi G, Utah
You read that correctly, I have Poutasi listed as a guard like many other people. More on that later though, right now lets look at the strengths of the new Tennessee Titan.
If you watched Utah football this year, you saw two things: Nate Orchard getting sacks and Jeremiah Poutasi putting people on their backs…a lot.
While he doesn’t look picture perfect and clean when he plays, Jeremiah Poutasi constantly gets the better of everyone that lines up against him in the running game. He locks his hands on defenders and wrestles them to the ground. He has a sneaky power in his game that if you aren’t watching closely, you will miss.
At 6’5″ 335, the Tennessee Titans added a massive player that they hope will become their version of D.J. Fluker. However, despite these good intentions, it would be a very smart pick to bring in T.J. Clemmings, Daryl Williams or another true tackle with better feet to play right tackle.
While I think Jeremiah Poutasi has the ability to start immediately on the offensive line, I don’t know where to put him. If he is a tackle then that is fine, but if he is an interior player whose job is he taking? Andy Levitre has apparently looked like he is back to his old self after having an offseason that (finally) doesn’t involve surgery, and Chance Warmack is starting to play at a very high level.
I think it would be a great move if he could learn to play center. It would give the Tennessee Titans a player that can play everywhere on the line AND it would force competition at the two weakest spots on the offensive line (and maybe the entire offense after the additions of Marcus Mariota and DGB) if he could do it all.
All in all this was a B+ to A day for the Tennessee Titans, and if they land any more potential starters then this could be just the draft that fans have been desperate for.