The 2022 NFL Draft is two weeks away and the Tennessee Titans currently own the 26th pick, but fans are torn trying to decide who the team should select in the first round.
Regardless of what fans want, the Titans need to draft an offensive guard in the first round of the NFL draft.
Presently, the question marks on the Titans’ roster are left guard, right tackle, wide receiver, tight end, and cornerback.
All of those positions will probably be filled by talented draft picks stepping into new roles, except left guard and wide receiver. The tie-breaker between the two remaining needs is that wide receiver has a superstar in A.J. Brown and a very nice second option in Robert Woods.
While there will be a training camp battle for the left guard spot between Aaron Brewer and Jamarco Jones, neither have done enough to earn an unquestioned role as a long-term starter immediately.
If left guard is the spot to target, the question now is which offensive guard should the Tennessee Titans select?
Which left guard should the Tennessee Titans select?
For what it is worth, PFF ranks Boston College guard Zion Johnson as the 32nd prospect in this class and Texas A&M’s Kenyon Green is right behind him at 42.
You are probably very familiar with Johnson because he has been on our radar since the Senior Bowl, but if you aren’t he is a mauler. At six-foot-three, 312 pounds he plays with a physicality that will certainly make him a favorite of Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel.
Unlike some maulers, he is technically sound and functions well in space so there is no wrong way to use him.
Kenyon Green is incredibly versatile with his own respective power. He started all over the offensive line (every position but center) last season at Texas A&M, and he is also good in space. Green might be more of what the Titans like historically because Robinson has picked 3 SEC players in the first round of the 6 first-round draft picks he has had.
Overall, I believe that the Titans would succeed with either of these prospects. They both seem relatively pro-ready and they should be ready to go as soon as they step onto the practice field.
If the Tennessee Titans drafted one of these players in the first round, there are still opportunities to get a wide receiver with the ability to get vertical in the third round or later. Whether that is Velus Jones Jr., Danny Gray, or Tyquan Thornton, it isn’t the end of the world if the Titans get their guy in the first round and bide their time at wide receiver.