Now, some positions will underperform and others will overperform during the season, that is inevitable. Last year the Titans’ defensive backs looked like one of the best groups in the NFL, and the receiver group couldn’t finish a two-game stretch without a starter getting hurt for a month.
No one saw either of those things coming at this time last season.
Still, analyzing the current roster is important and I would say that at least 50 players who will make the final 53-man roster are already on the team. While a few players could be added, there aren’t any major changes coming that should change the way we look at the Tennessee Titans roster next offseason.
Tennessee Titans fans have their own opinions based on years of watching these players play, but what do people that don’t follow the team as closely think about the roster? Well, Matt Miller put out his early 2023 NFL Mock Draft and he has a clear idea of where he thinks the roster needs to improve.
Matt Miller’s pick for the Tennessee Titans
Jordan Addison WR, USC
Quote that stood out:
"“The versatile Addison, who won the Biletnikoff Award at Pitt last season, transferred to USC, where he should become young signal-caller Caleb Williams’ go-to weapon in Lincoln Riley’s explosive offense.”"
Addison is one of the few receivers in this class that I could see the Tennessee Titans falling in love with during the draft process. Some players transfer because they can’t beat the competition in front of them, but Addison put up 1,593 yards last season and he transferred because he wanted to win.
I should note, that this isn’t a pick that is based on Treylon Burks not being a good player. There should still be every expectation that Burks can come in and make the same impact that he was always going to make, and by the end of the season fans should be very high on him.
Instead, this is a pick that sets up the entire offense for the future. Ryan Tannehill/Malik Willis would go into the 2023 season with Robert Woods, Treylon Burks, Jordan Addison, and Kyle Philips at wide receiver and the four would make about $21 million combined.
It is going to be a crucial year for Derrick Henry, but either way, the Titans can’t keep looking at him as a back who should carry the ball 25 times per game by design. With his future role to be determined, the Titans need to load up on players who can keep the offense moving whether he returns to his superhuman levels or not.