Every Tennessee Titans roster issue that remains ahead of draft

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As you might imagine the Tennessee Titans have work to do on defense as well.

Key Arrivals: Bud Dupree, Denico Autry, Janoris “Jackrabbit” Jenkins, Kevin Johnson

Key Departures: Malcolm Butler, Adoree Jackson, DaQuan Jones, Kenny Vaccaro, Jadeveon Clowney

How bad the 2021 Tennessee Titans defense was can’t be overstated. It lacked intensity, organization, physicality and simply could not execute. Jon Robinson had clearly seen enough and made significant changes and moves that will bring many new faces to the presumed Week 1 starting lineup in September.

The most significant and expensive arrival comes in edge rusher Bud Dupree. He’s coming off an ACL tear but was a highly productive and aggressive player with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He plays the run as well as he rushes the passer and is expected to bring a much-needed sense of leadership to a defense that sorely lacks some.

He is essentially replacing Jadeveon Clowney, who failed to impress during his short stint in Tennessee and is now with the Cleveland Browns.

Denico Autry was also plucked but from a division rival, the Indianapolis Colts. He’s an effective pass rusher on the defensive line. Autry had been an unassuming thorn in the Titans’ side, and it’s encouraging that the Titans were able to lure him away from the Colts. He will ease the pain of DaQuan Jones’ departure, and also provide a stronger pass rush than Jones, who was much more of a run stuffer.