Day One Projection:
It’s difficult to get a read on what the Titans will want to do with Wilson by the start of the regular season.
On one hand, they have a presumed starter lined up and ready to go at right tackle in Dennis Kelly. The Titans brought back their pass-catching veteran swing tackle on a new contract for a reason– to play football, something Kelly has done well during his Titans tenure.
He’s never been a permanent starter at any position along the offensive line, but Kelly’s work in emergency situations has been consistent at the very least. Starting Kelly at right tackle from week one would give Tennessee a solid player at the position.
But Kelly’s ceiling is nowhere near the height of Wilson’s. With Kelly now at 30 years old, we have a strong feel for the player that he is and will be in 2020, and it’s nowhere near the potential that Isaiah Wilson brings to the table.
So will the Titans want to roll the dice on their shiny new first-round draft pick, subject him to a baptism by fire and hope that he’s able to improve his footwork and hand placement with live-game experience? Or will they want to sit Wilson for a bit, and let Kelly show the rookie the ropes for a bit?
It’s hard to say for certain, but I lean towards Wilson being the opening day starter. The Titans could have traded down from their 29th pick, but stayed and took Wilson in the first round for a reason. The team clearly sees something in him, and I tend to think they’ll want to check on what they got as soon as they can.