Tennessee Titans position breakdown: Left Tackle
By Will Lomas
With the 2015 NFL Draft now over, it is time to get a look at what the roster looks like heading into the 2015 NFL season. Today we will look at one of the stronger positions on the Tennessee Titans roster: Left tackle.
Taylor Lewan is the clear incumbent here, and he should be. The dominant 6’7″ offensive lineman was an absolute mauler in limited time last year and graded out as the best rookie offensive tackle according to Pro Football Focus.
“Is it getting harder for tackles to adjust to the NFL? Outside of Lewan none covered themselves in glory. “-Khaled Elsayed, Pro Football Focus
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When the Tennessee Titans made the move to bring in Taylor Lewan it was a bit of a head scratcher to me. Why would the Tennessee Titans bring in another left tackle when they already had a Pro Bowl caliber player in Michael Roos? There were bigger areas of need on the field including pass rusher and defensive back. However, looking back this looks like a slam dunk pick and it allowed the Tennessee Titans to grab a potential steal in the second round this year with Dorial Green-Beckham. Now the Tennessee Titans have a solid combination of receivers, running backs, tight ends, and offensive linemen all because the Taylor Lewan move gave them flexibility this year.
This is where the Tennessee Titans show their weakness. The group behind Taylor Lewan is thin and bad, and honestly isn’t worth talking about. Byron Bell’s versatility and experience make him the only real option to come in and give the Tennessee Titans a left tackle if Taylor Lewan goes down.
The Tennessee Titans have Taylor Lewan under contract long term and the future looks bright at this position. With young talent in Jeremiah Poutasi, they may see him as a potential long-term back up for Taylor Lewan if he doesn’t work out at right tackle, given his experience at the college level.
All in all, having one great left tackle is worth two or three above average players. Hopefully Taylor Lewan can stay healthy and prove that he can be the lockdown bookend that the Tennessee Titans need to protect Marcus Mariota.