A very solid reach
Like I said earlier, this is a list of the players who will help the Titans the most short-term and long-term. This quarterback class is propped up with wishes and delusions unless you have an incredible offensive mind on your coaching staff, and the Titans don’t have that.
None of the linebackers in this class are elite and the ones that are really good seem to affect plays by blitzing or lining up on the line of scrimmage, neither of those things helps their argument when you look at what the Titans ask from their linebackers.
On paper, Trevor Penning has a lot of upside and he has tools that offensive line coaches are going to like. The problem is, Dillon Radunz is going to be the starter at right tackle and Penning is going to require a lot of coaching before he can get on the field. Maybe you draft him with the hopes of starting Penning and Radunz together in 2023, but I don’t know that Penning is an upgrade over a 32-year-old Lewan honestly.
Personally, I can see why fans are in love with George Pickens and Skyy Moore is a high floor/low ceiling sort of prospect, but both have some reasons why they are going to go in the second round and not the first.
7. Jahan Dotson WR, Penn State
Even though Dotson isn’t a top-20 player in this class like the other names on this list, he is exceptional at a few things that make him worth the pick. He is very fast in his routes and he doesn’t lose speed when he catches the ball which explains why he has been able to produce so many explosive plays in college.
He isn’t a great blocker, but like Olave, he is so good at getting defensive backs off balance and then blowing by them once they are turned around. That is going to come in handy when you are in a run-heavy offense that forces defensive backs to play it safe instead of cheating into coverage.
Combine all of those things with the ability to return punts and his ability to snatch the ball out of the air (only 2 drops in 138 targets last year according to Dane Brugler), mean that he can make a big impact without needing to play every snap on offense in his first year.