Step 3: The Draft
Last year the Titans entered the draft needing to find a way to replace Desmond King as the slot cornerback. After taking the best player on the board with their first three picks, the Titans went with Elijah Molden in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Once he was signed the Titans (on paper) had filled all their needs and upgraded at nearly every position.
Similarly, the Titans entered the 2022 NFL Draft needing to find a replacement for Chester Rogers, Marcus Johnson, D’Onta Foreman, Kendall Lamm, and Anthony Firkser.
A.J. Brown forcing his way out was a surprise, but the team handled it well by using one of the picks they got for Brown to replace him with Treylon Burks.
Throughout the draft Chester Rogers was replaced by Kyle Philips, D’Onta Foreman was replaced by Hassan Haskins, Kendall Lamm was replaced by Nicholas Petit-Frere, and Anthony Firkser was replaced by Chig Okonkwo.
You have to give Jon Robinson credit for keeping his head about him after that crazy trade demand and still having the mental capacity to get a deal done with the New York Jets to turn the late first and third-round picks into a second and two higher third-round picks.
Those extra picks helped fill a need (NPF replacing Lamm), and it also gave them the luxury of being able to add Malik Willis who is a player with incredible potential who just needs some time and a smart offensive mind around him.