Future NFL Power Rankings love the Tennessee Titans

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: Jack Conklin of Michigan State holds up a jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: Jack Conklin of Michigan State holds up a jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked /

The future looks bright for the Tennessee Titans.

If you believe this ESPN article, the Tennessee Titans are the future of the AFC South.

ESPN recently ranked the Titans 9th on their future power rankings. That was 5th among AFC teams which and easily ahead of teams like the Indianapolis Colts (12th), Houston Texans (23rd) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (27th).

These rankings were decided by five categories, I’ll break them down with some thoughts below:


Titans rank: T-13

This is a far cry from where the Titans were just a year ago. If you had asked 31 GMs about the roster in Tennessee, you would have gotten more bottom-10 grades than not.

There was question marks all across the offensive line, no wide receiver threats, one running back that looked old in Philly, and another RB that was projected to be the next Brandon Jacobs and that was just on offense.

Most people could only name Marcus Mariota and Delanie Walker when mentioning offensive talent, if they got that far. After this year, I think they may have a top-5 unit.

Defense is still a little bit of an issue to me, but there are a lot of very good players starting. Jurrell Casey, Derrick Morgan, Brian Orakpo and Wesley Woodyard have all had games where they really made plays to win the game for the Tennessee Titans last year and could do it again.

If rookies like Corey Davis, Adoree Jackson, Taywan Taylor, and Jayon Brown play well for the Titans this roster will break the top-10 next year.

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Titans rank: T-8

Here are the future starters in the top QB situations according to this article.

1. Aaron Rodgers

2. Derek Carr

3. Russell Wilson

4. Matt Ryan

T-5. Dak Prescott

T-5. Andrew Luck

7. Jimmy Garoppolo

T-8. Marcus Mariota

T-8. Matt Stafford

Some of those like Dak Prescott and Jimmy Garoppolo are propped up by limited time, but Marcus Mariota seems like he has entered the upper echelon of QBs and his ceiling is as high most of the other big names.


Titans rank: T-20

This is understandable give his past. Mike Mularkey’s history doesn’t inspire confidence, but his short term success has been great for this team.

I think his identity combined with Jon Robinson’s talent evaluation make for a deadly combination. Another thing that needs to be considered is exactly how many great assistant coaches this team could have in a few years.

The Tennessee Titans could have some of the best coached tight ends and offensive line (Russ Grimm) and you could argue they already do.

On defense, I would like to see some more position coaches pop up, but there is no reason that this team shouldn’t have a star DC. If Dick LeBeau retires, this has the talent to attract any quality coach.

Not only that, but they would pair him with an OC with no head coaching aspirations and that would ensure a lot of stability around him.

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    I don’t really know what this means. Maybe the short term production of young, recent draftees projected forward? Either way this is a great accomplishment for Jon Robinson. Speaking of which….

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    Titans rank: 7th

    Remember that idiotic narrative where people thought the only reason Jon Robinson was hired in Tennessee was because he was from the state and because he wouldn’t fire Mike Mularkey?

    Fast forward 18 months and a lot of people look foolish for not hiring him earlier. Robinson has done outstanding work in his short time in Tennessee. These are the only GMs ranked higher than him on this list.

    1. Bill Belichick

    2. John Schneider

    3. John Elway

    4. Kevin Colbert (Pit)

    5. Thomas Dimitroff

    6. The Jones Family

    Jon Robinson is the only GM on this list who hasn’t brought his team to a Super Bowl. That is setting the bar pretty high for the man from Union City.