If the Tennessee Titans are truly committed to upgrading the offense around Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry, then they still need to make one more move.
In free agency, there are a few receivers on the market who could change the Titans’ draft plans going forward. Or, the Titans could trade for DeVante Parker who the Miami Dolphins seem to be shopping around (and who had two of his best seasons with Ryan Tannehill).
Even if Jon Robinson decides that he is done with the veteran receivers on the market, that doesn’t mean that he is out of options.
All of the focus on the 2022 NFL Draft class has been on how bad the quarterbacks are (and rightfully so, don’t let the fake agent hype get to you), but people aren’t talking enough about the solid crop of receivers.
One of the best receivers in the class is Treylon Burks from Arkansas, and the Tennessee Titans are clearly interested in him.
Burks is the perfect Tennessee Titans target
Looking at Treylon Burks, there are some clear similarities to A.J. Brown when he was a prospect. Both receivers dominated the SEC despite being on a team that had much less talent than the teams they were playing against.
Both were masters of getting yards after the catch despite running mediocre 40 times at the combine (Burks ran a 4.55, Brown ran 4.49). Each did that by showing the quick twitch to make people miss and with both receivers weighing over 225 lb., they have the size that makes them difficult to bring down without help when defenders manage to get their hands on them.
Burks isn’t a perfect receiver, but he is a perfect fit for what the Titans like. In the past, they have valued back-to-back seasons with 1,000 yards or more (the Matias Wodner rule) but with the COVID shortened season in 2020, you have to think they might modify that for Burks. It helps that he put up over 100 yards per game in 2020 which would have come out to a 1,000-yard season in a normal year.
I expect the Titans to be very thorough with Burks because the last time they trusted Sam Pittman’s evaluation of a player’s character, they ended up with Isaiah Wilson. That is why it is so important to get him in the facility and really get a good read on who this guy is off the field and whether or not he is a good fit for this culture and this locker room.
If all of that checks out, I expect Burks to be very high on the TItans wishlist on draft day.