After taking down the Denver Broncos, the Tennessee Titans sit atop the division tied with the Houston Texans at 7-6. That means their meeting in Week 17 could come down to an all or nothing game. While the Titans are pushing for a playoff spot here in December, there are a few gaping holes left on their roster that need to be addressed. Ones of those needs happen to be at the wide receiver position.
While Rishard Matthews is having a career year and Delanie Walker is playing at a high level, Kendall Wright is likely on his way out, Tajae Sharpe is going to need a few years to develop, and that leaves DeMarco Murray as the third leading receiver on this squad. Below I have a list of players I’ve ranked at filling this need. It is a mix of rookies and set-to-be free agents.
10. Kenny Britt/Brian Quick (28/27, LA Rams)
Britt left the Titans on not so good terms, so the likelihood of him returning is slim, but this is a different Titans team than he had here before, the coaching staff is completely and there are very few players still here from his first time here. Britt is a big-bodied receiver with dependable hands and would pair up nicely with Rishard Mattews on the other side. Quick is very similar to Britt and at one time the Rams go to option until an injury sidelined him.
9. John Ross (Washington)
He’s a blazer who can beat defensive backs deep, he can use his shiftiness to get yards after the catch, and he’s a great return man as well. Because of his size he would probably be better suited as a slot receiver rather than lining up on the outside and that’s why he fell toward the bottom of this list. He has been compared to players such as Tavon Austin of the rams and DeSean Jackson of the Redskins.
8. DeSean Jackson (30, Washington Redskins)
Although Jackson is 30, he is still playing at a high level and really Kirk Cousins go to guy for the most part. He can provide a veteran presence for the young receiving corpse and do about anything you ask him to on the field.
7. DeDe Westbrook (Oklahoma)
He’s a real burner and considered by some the best receiver in college football, he has DeMarco Murray’s vote of confidence as well. With his skill set he could play inside or out and he could be a dangerous player in the return game as well.
6. Courtland Sutton (SMU)
at 6’4 and 215lbs this guy is an athletic freak. His skill set is a little raw, but he runs good routes and has sure hands. I believe at his current projected draft position, he would be a skill. With his size he could be a great redzone target, and he has the speed to go deep as well.
5. Juju Smith-Schuster (USC)
Schuster does everything well, but his bread and butter is making the first guy miss and getting yards after catch. He has the size and strength to man handle smaller defensive backs, but his only downfall would be he needs to be a little faster. At the beginning of the season many had him ranked as the best receiver in college football, and some still do.
4. Alshon Jeffery (27, Chicago Bears)
Jeffery’s talent can’t be denied, he is a true number one receiver in this league. The only questions with him is will he be worth the money he commands, with the likelihood of conduct issues he could bring to the table.
3. Tyrell Pryor Sr. (27, Cleveland Browns)
It is very unlikely that Pryor hits the open market, as the Browns will probably throw the house at him come seasons end. During the first half of the season the Browns admitted he was the only player on their roster who wasn’t up for trade. He has excelled at the difficult position change from quarterback to wide receiver. He not only brings size, speed, and playmaking ability, but he is a leader in the locker room as well from reports I’ve seen, and although I’d never want to see him throwing passes for the Titans, in an emergence situation he could do some of the same things Marcus Mariota does.
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2. Mike Williams (Clemson)
Originally I had Williams at number 1, and I’ll explain why I moved him to number 2 later. Williams is an ideal type receiver to be a number one option in the NFL. He has great size and he knows how to use it, and speed. He has helped his team reach the college football playoffs this season, and most scouts have him ranked as the number one receiver in this years draft.
1. Corey Davis (Western Michigan)
I’ll admit it, I was one of last to start giving Corey Davis the credit he deserves. I never really thought of giving him a chance because of the fact he plays at a small school against lesser competition, and I was wrong. Now that that’s out of the way here is why I ranked him ahead of Mike Williams. Corey Davis plays at a small school school and his quarterback is nowhere near as good as the quarterback throwing to Mike Williams. Davis runs crisp routes, he has size, and with his speed he is some what of a burner.
So that’s my list. While making this list up I took into consideration age, production, and what role they would play with the Titans, and then I aired to the side of the rookie because Super Bowls are won by building teams through the draft. To be honest I would like to see Tennessee pick up two of these players, although I don’t really care the combination of how as long as one is drafted, while the other is signed through free agency.