Dane Brugler's 2024 NFL Draft rankings should thrill Tennessee Titans fans

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Barring a trade, the Tennessee Titans draft will revolve around their first two picks. The rest of the draft is important, but the Titans must nail the 7th pick and the 38th pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

The Titans have holes on their roster and they can certainly upgrade at a few spots as well, but the good news is that the Titans have the cap space to fix several of those issues in free agency.

Without knowing what will happen in free agency, their biggest needs are left tackle and wide receiver, so it makes sense that Tennessee Titans fans lock into those positions as the positions that the team will draft in the first and second rounds in some order.

However, no one wants the Titans to force a pick on a player who isn't worth being selected that high. The good news for fans is that this draft is loaded with tackles and receivers, and Dane Brulger illustrated that perfectly in his latest top-100 draft rankings.

Since the Titans have the 7th and 38th picks in the draft, I looked at how many tackles and wide receivers were in the top 38.

Tennessee Titans have to take advantage of premium depth in this draft

There were more tackles in the top 38 than I can remember in any recent draft, with 7 players making the cut, including 6 players firmly cemented in the first round. That sort of premium depth is vital for the Titans who would have almost certainly been forced into a "tackle or bust" mindset with the seventh pick in the draft.

Now they have the option to look at other needs like wide receiver. In an interesting coincidence, there are also seven wide receivers in the top 38 on Brugler's draft rankings, but there is one notable difference between the rankings at tackle and wide receiver.

When you look at the seventh overall pick, the dream scenario is to take a player who is in a position of need AND a player who is ranked higher than where they are being drafted. Only one tackle in the top seven in these rankings (Joe Alt), but there are three receivers in the top seven (Marvin Harrison Jr., Malik Nabers, and Rome Odunze).

That means that there is almost certainly going to be a decision that needs to be made with the seventh pick, and right now the smart money should be on the Titans taking a wide receiver.

Time will tell whether that still makes the most sense when the draft comes around, but when you look at the offense that Brian Callahan wants to run and the idea that Bill Callahan can get the most out of what he is given on the offensive line, it all points to the Titans taking a wide receiver with the seventh pick in the draft.