Why this pick won’t be an offensive or defensive lineman.
The idea against trading for picks is that the Tennessee Titans have to win now. I agree, but what position would they even trade for?
On Twitter the consensus is that trading for an offensive or defensive lineman makes the most sense.
I agree that the offensive line has looked putrid, but in my opinion the majority of that can be put on four players:
3. Dennis Kelly
Douglas is hopefully going to be replaced this week by rookie 3rd round pick Nate Davis. If he can handle the playbook then I think that is going to be an improvement from snap one (I mean, it has to be right?).
Saffold is making a lot of money and has much more talent than he is showing. He isn’t getting demoted or anything like that, but maybe when Taylor Lewan comes back he will raise his game like he did playing next to Andrew Whitworth in L.A.
Speaking of Lewan coming back in a week, I feel so bad for Dennis Kelly. He should be a spot starter at left tackle and is much more suited to play on the right side where he just looks so much more comfortable. Hopefully after that return Kelly can get some reps in jumbo package and try to make the OL even better.
Marcus Mariota is waiting too long to throw the ball at times, which is sort of fair because when he does get 3+ seconds to pass it he needs to make big plays to make up for the deficits where a defensive tackle is hitting him before the ball even gets back to him.
Defensively, the Titans don’t need much if anything. Specifically, on the defensive line Isaiah Mack and Daquan Jones have been playing really well and if Jurrell Casey ever gets back to doing Jurrell Casey things, then the line will be stacked. Oh yea and then the Titans have Jeffery Simmons potentially coming in at midseason too so…
You could argue that maybe the Titans should look at an EDGE, but they already invested a 5th round pick (D’Andre Walker: IR), a 7th round pick (Reggie Gilbert) and a big contract (Cameron Wake) at EDGE this offseason. Unless they are going to get a really talented player, I don’t expect that move to happen.