Top 3 prospects the Tennessee Titans should completely avoid in 2023 NFL Draft
No. 2 prospect the Tennessee Titans must completely avoid in the draft: Peter Skoronski
The Titans entered the offseason with cap constraints and to create space, they moved on from center Ben Jones and offensive guard Nate Davis. Having gotten under the cap, they next need to fortify their offensive line.
It's true that Tennessee signed Andre Dillard to play left tackle in free agency and Nicholas Petit-Frere, a third-round selection in last year's draft, could line up on the right side. But if the Titans aren't fully sold on Petit-Frere, they could then draft an offensive tackle. However, they should refrain from selecting Northwestern's Peter Skoronski in Round 1.
Skoronski, a three-star recruit out of high school, is one of the top offensive tackles in the draft and it's easy to see why. The 2022 First-Team All-Big 10 posted Pro Football Focus overall grades of 80.0 or higher during his three seasons at Northwestern. Furthermore, he gave up just five sacks on 1,258 pass-blocking snaps.
Technician is an apt description for Skoronski, who possesses great footwork and the strength to contain opposing pass rushers. On the other hand, he has a gigantic big flag and that is his subpar arm length.
The average arm length for tackles in the pros is around 34 inches and at 32 1/4, Skoronski might be better suited to play guard in the NFL. Although it might not seem like much, you will be hard-pressed to find an offensive tackle that has succeeded in the NFL without less-than-ideal size length.
Skoronski could turn out to be a fine pro but the Titans are probably better off addressing another position group with the 11th overall pick and taking a guard in the second or third round.