3. One of the practice squad tackles
The Tennessee Titans have two offensive tackles on their practice squad (and a huge thank you to Dane Brugler’s draft guide for helping me get a better picture of who these guys are).
Paul Adams is the one that you might know since he was a three-year starter and two-time team captain for Mizzou. While all of his starts in college were on the right side of the line, I would assume that he has spent time practicing across the line since entering the NFL as a UDFA in 2019.
While he is the more well-known tackle of the two P-squad options, the other name is more interesting and ultimately someone I think would be a better fit.
Brandon Kemp is nearly 6’7 and has incredible agility for his size (see below) which is huge in the Titans offense. Remember, the guiding principle of the Titans offense is that you force other teams to stop Derrick Henry as he runs side to side.
If they don’t play technically soundly, it opens up running lanes and cutback opportunities for Henry that could lead to big plays. If they do play it soundly, then it opens them up for play-action passes.
To do any of that, you need offensive linemen who can get out in front of people by running horizontally (agility scores) not necessarily by running vertically (speed scores). The rookie from Valdosta State seems to have that ability.
Starting a UDFA is always scary, but don’t forget that we just saw Aaron Brewer start a game for the Titans at left guard and he looked very comfortable in that role. Mike Vrabel has fostered a great “next man up” mentality in this team and I don’t think Kemp would be around if he wasn’t able to show that he was mentally ready to come in if necessary.