2023 NFL Draft grade: Tennessee Titans draft Jaelyn Duncan
By Will Lomas
The Tennessee Titans came into the draft needing to improve the offensive line and they are doing everything they can to make that happen.
Drafting Jaelyn Duncan isn't surprising, in fact, both Duncan and third-round pick Tyjae Spears were the two non-quarterbacks on my list of the 5 NFL Draft prospects who were most likely to be drafted by the Tennessee Titans.
What is a little bit surprising is that Mike Vrabel and Ran Carthon haven't let wide receivers coach Rob Moore make a selection considering how long he has been with the team and how often he has been able to coach up players.
Ran Carthon and company told us not to expect the Tennessee Titans to try to be the Golden State Warriors, and I think after a draft that has been based entirely around running the ball you can say he is a man of his word.
What does this pick do for the Tennessee Titans
Duncan is a player that was always one of the project offensive tackles scheduled to go on Day 3 of the NFL Draft, so the value here makes a lot of sense. At this part of the draft, finding players with starter potential or who can be anything more than special teams guys is a plus.
In Dane Brugler's draft guide he says that he might need to kick inside at the next level and considering how highly the Tennessee Titans seem to value versatility, he makes sense as a guard/tackle utility guy.
The Tennessee Titans are building this team as if they don't have anyone else on the roster. To that end, they have drafted an incredible guard prospect with tackle potential, a quarterback with a strong arm, a running back, a tight end, and a developmental tackle with guard potential.
Can this coaching staff develop them into more than they are right now? We will see, but this draft was clearly about reemphasizing the Mike Vrabel way (i.e. running the ball) and they are certainly doing that.