Let’s see who or what the Titans want their rivals to draft.
While we have focused our attention extensively on which players and what positions the Tennessee Titans will draft in just two weeks, it’s easy to forget that their fellow AFC South teams also have picks. The Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Indianapolis Colts are looking to re-stock on talent after important offseasons for each team. If you’re like me, then you always cheer for them to mess up with their draft picks. Thankfully, they have over the past few years. Let’s see what we want them to do this year.
This one is rather simple. We want the Texans to draft a quarterback in the first round, preferably trading up and giving away picks to do so. This is not a good draft class for the quarterback position by any stretch of the imagination. Every one of the prospects in this class has major flaws. There have been rumors that Davis Webb, Jared Goff’s backup at Cal and one-year starter, might be a target for the Texans at No. 25, and Pete Prisco mocked him there recently. With Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden currently the only two quarterbacks on the roster, the Texans are likely to draft a quarterback in 2017. It’s crucial for the Titans that they get it wrong. It would be better if they gave up a lot of value in doing so.
It hasn’t been rumored or even speculated, really, but what if the Jags decide that Blake Bortles just isn’t the answer and go quarterback at No. 4? That would be a dream for the Titans, as there is a bevy of talent that will be available at that point in the draft. The Jaguars taking Mitch Trubisky that high would make Bortles a lame duck starter for the last year of his contract, or they might even try to trade him during or after draft weekend. Bortles is bad, but there is nothing to suggest that Trubisky or any other quarterback in this draft would be better than him. Let’s hope the Jags take that chance.
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A more realistic option, I wouldn’t hate it if the Jaguars drafted Marshon Lattimore or Jamal Adams. They’re both very talented players that I’d like on the Titans, but Jacksonville has so much money and draft capital invested in their secondary that adding either of those players wouldn’t do much to improve the unit in the immediate future.
I’m actually a bit concerned with the competence of new Colts GM Chris Ballard thus far. Ryan Grigson was atrocious at his job, which is why he’ll be missed by Titans fans. He couldn’t take advantage of having a can’t-miss talent at the most important position in football. Ballard has had an impressive offseason, doing everything possible to repair a broken defense. If he continues to do so with their first round pick, a good scenario for the Titans would be for the Colts to take a chance on the potential of a player like Obi Melifonwu or Kevin King. While those two players could end up being important starters in the future, they’re very raw and could wind up as busts if not coached correctly.
Another route that I wouldn’t mind seeing the Colts go is picking a wide receiver. If the Colts use another high draft pick on a receiver, they’ll create a logjam with T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, and Phillip Dorsett (who they drafted in the first round in 2015). I’ve said enough about my distaste for Mike Williams, but even John Ross would be a good scenario for the Titans if he went to the Colts. His game is similar to Dorsett’s and Ross could end up losing a lot of meaningful snaps.