Tennessee Titans draft: 3 rules Ran Carthon needs to follow for a successful Day 2
By Will Lomas
Whether you like the value or not, the Tennessee Titans added one of the handful of NFL Draft prospects in this class who are likely to be named to a Pro Bowl when they took offensive lineman Peter Skoronski.
With a clear path to start on the left side of the offensive line, he could be the missing piece of a group that was in desperate need of a rebuild after last season. A good offensive line would be a force multiplier for the Tennessee Titans that helps unlock big plays from Derrick Henry, Ryan Tannehill, Treylon Burks, and Chig Okonkwo.
However, a first-round pick doesn't make or break a draft class and there is still a lot of work to be done before we can start looking at the Tennessee Titans as a roster that can compete for the AFC South this year.
Nailing Day 2 of the draft is crucial for this team and it isn't really hard to do that as long as the Tennessee Titans follow these three rules.
How the Tennessee Titans can make Day 2 look easy
1. Don't draft a quarterback
Look, this one is very simple. Will Levis and Hendon Hooker are both on the board to start the second round, but it would be a massive mistake to draft either one of them. Simply put, if the Tennessee Titans liked either one of them enough to believe that they could be a starting quarterback at any point over the next two years they would have drafted them at 11 (or traded down and drafted them).
This is a draft that is falling perfectly for the Tennessee Titans to draft back-to-back pass catchers and maximize the depth that Day 2 has to offer at their positions of need. Bringing in a quarterback that needs to sit a year wouldn't solve any issues they have and it would muddy their decision-making in the 2024 NFL Draft.
2. End up with more picks, not fewer picks
The Tennessee Titans' biggest remaining needs are WR2, TE, and WR4. With the talent that is on the board, they can happily wait until pick 41 to land a player with a second-round (or better) grade at WR or TE. Unless there is just someone that they believe is going to be a star, they shouldn't make a move up.
In fact, it would make more sense if the Titans traded down. Landing an extra pick in the third round or even a fourth-round pick could make sense for Tennessee so that they can fill out their depth chart a little more.
3. Don't draft defense, no matter how tempting
The entire goal of this draft (and the offseason as a whole) should be to support Ryan Tannehill this year while also making life easier for whoever is the Tennessee Titans' quarterback in 2024.
Adding Peter Skoronski to strengthen (and potentially complete) that offensive line is a nice start considering the drop-off in talent on the offensive line. However, drafting a defensive player with one of these premium picks takes a potential starter on offense off of the board.
If you think that defense is an immediate concern, I don't know where you are getting that from. Everything the Titans' defense does is based on the front's ability to get pressure with four guys, and they are going to go into the season with the same group that wreaked havoc in 2021 except with Bud Dupree being replaced by the combination of Arden Key and Rashad Weaver.
Behind them, you have three Day 2 corners ready to start with Sean Murphy-Bunting behind them as a potential replacement at any position. You also have a very good safety tandem in Kevin Byard and Amani Hooker (if he is healthy).
You could make an argument for an off-ball linebacker, but Monty Rice and Azeez Al-Shaair have done enough to earn their shot at starting, and they have added depth behind those two.
Can anyone look at the players available on Day 2 and make the argument that there is going to be a bigger upgrade than one of these Day 2 receivers over Nick Westbrook-Ikhine? Or a guy like Darnell Washinton over Trevon Wesco? Not a chance.