Which numbers did the Tennessee Titans rookies get this year?
One of the things I get irrationally excited for each year is to find out which numbers the Tennessee Titans rookies will wear for their first seasons.
While these are all subject to change (see A.J. Brown making the clutch decision to switch from 15 to 11) for the most part, these are the number we will see on each player this year.
Just for a refresher, there are some numbers that players can’t use in case you got your hopes up.
Some player can’t wear their college numbers because they aren’t designated to that position. For example, Kristian Fulton wore #1 at LSU but DBs can’t wear jerseys with single-digits.
Also the numbers 1, 9, 27, 34, 43, 63, 65, and 74 have all been retired by former Tennessee Titans and Houston Oilers greats.
So with that out of the way, here are the Tennessee Titans rookies new numbers:
1st round, pick 29 Isaiah Wilson OT, UGA: #79
2nd round, pick 61: Kristian Fulton CB, LSU: #26
3rd round, pick 93: Darrynton Evans RB, App. State: #32
5th round, pick 174: Larrell Murchison DL, North Carolina State: #91
7th round, pick 224: Cole McDonald QB, Hawaii #2
7th round, pick 243: Chris Jackson DB, Marshall: #35
There were also several numbers that were changed or given out to free agents.
Correa is back on the roster for the Tennessee Titans, but this time he will be wearing #40.
The only thing that really surprised me about this whole list was that I sort of expected the Titans to try to keep the #91 open. Why?
Well, that was the number DaQuan Jones wore at Penn State before he was drafted by the Titans. It wasn’t available when Tennessee drafted him, so he took number 90 instead. If Jon Robinson and the Titans can sign Jadeveon Clowney, it made sense for him to move into his old college number while Clowney got the number he has been wearing since playing in the NFL.
As it stands right now, the only numbers that would fit Clowney would be: 43, 47, 53, 56, 59, and 99.
I don’t think many big name players are fans of the 40s and 50s are usually reserves for off-ball linebackers.
Of those numbers, only 56 and 99 stand out as real EDGE numbers that pop, though you could make a case for having 59 because it is close to Harold Landry‘s 58 and it would be a fun visual.
It would be crazy for the Titans to give Clowney #99 given that Jurrell Casey was just traded and that was his number for nearly a decade here.
So, if all of this happens and there isn’t another jersey switch, I would expect to see Clowney in #56. Though it will probably be a situation where Clowney gets 90, Jones gets 91, and Murch is the rookie so he gets strapped with #99.