The Tennessee Titans were a surprise in the AFC last season. Tennessee needed a win on the final day of the regular season to make it to the playoffs.
The Titans were able to make it all the way to the AFC Championship Game. They upset the New England Patriots in the Wild Card Round and also the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round before losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game by a score of 35-24.
Tennessee is a couple of pass rushers away from winning a Super Bowl. They brought back quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a four-year deal worth $118 million.
The Tennessee Titans also franchise-tagged running back Derrick Henry. Henry and Tannehill were both the catalysts to leading them their last season.
Derrick Henry won the rushing title and he might be the best running back in the NFL when it comes to strictly running the football.
For some reason, Tennessee decided to trade away defensive tackle Jurrell Casey to the Denver Broncos for a seventh-round pick.
General Manager Jon Robinson usually doesn’t make these kinds of moves. He must know something that we don’t because Casey might have been the most important player on the defensive line.
The Titans have not been very active in free agency, but they are still looking to pursue defensive end/edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney.
With that in mind, what do the Tennessee Titans need as well? Also, we here at IroniqMedia will examine the top 3 needs of all 32 teams. The next team we will be covering is the Tennessee Titans.
In a 3-4 scheme, the Tennessee Titans want to get pressure mainly from their outside linebackers to rush the quarterback. They didn’t do a very good job of rushing the passer last season and it was one of the reasons why they fell one game short of the Super Bowl.
Tennessee is going to be drafting 29th overall in the first round. Fans wish they were drafting 32nd overall instead, but this will do for them for now.
Head Coach Mike Vrabel has set the standard for this football team none the less moving forward.
A.J. Epenesa – Iowa
The Iowa Hawkeyes are usually a decent football team year in and year out, but Iowa always seems to get at least a gem or two drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft every single year none the less.
Epenesa is one of the better edge rushers in the draft. Some mock drafts have him going in the top 15 and some have him slipping. It might be possible that A.J. Epenesa is gone by the 29th pick, but I could see Tennessee trading up for him if he is still available between 23-25.
Epenesa is 6’5″ and weighs 275 lbs. He is very good in any defensive scheme and is very explosive at getting to his spot. A.J. Epenesa will need to work on stopping the run, but Vrabel can fix him up.
Epenesa has a ton of upside none the less otherwise. He is drawing comparisons to Carlos Dunlap on NFL.com. A.J. Epenesa is 21 years old.
Yetur Gross-Matos – Penn State
He is more of a 4-3 scheme defensive end, but CBSsports.com has him as one of the top edge rushers in the draft. Gross-Matos has very good technique in this league and the Titans play a 3-4 scheme.
Tennessee needs pass rushers in the worst way possible. Gross-Matos is 6’5″ and weighs 266 lbs. He was the defensive lineman of the year at Penn State as a sophomore and Yetur Gross-Matos got even better as a junior.
He has the potential to be special at the next level none the less. Gross-Matos is 22 years old.
Julian Okwara – Norte Dame
He is the brother of current Detroit Lions defensive end Romeo Okwara. Romeo also played his college football at the University of Norte Dame.
Julian Okwara had his season was cut short due to a broken leg. He has the strength and the frame to be good in the NFL.
Okwara can get in the backfield easily but he can also be blocked easily. Julian Okwara is a beast when it comes to tackles for a loss.
He is 6’4″ and weighs 252 lbs. Okwara is also 22 years old and he did not participate in the NFL combine, which could maybe hurt his draft stock due to the unforeseen circumstances of the coronavirus.
Offensive Line (Especially at guard)
They lost Jack Conklin to the Cleveland Browns in the offseason. Conklin started at right tackle last season. Tennessee may have made the right move in getting rid of him none the less.
Dylan Kelley will start at right tackle, but they need some help on the interior despite signing Roger Saffold last offseason in free agency from the Los Angeles Rams.
Isaiah Wilson – Georgia
Wilson is 6’6″ and weighs 350 lbs. After he was redshirted during his freshman season he started 14 games the year after that at right tackle. Maybe Jon Robinson would take a chance on him in the second round and not the first round of the NFL Draft.
He also has a very good personality. When Isaiah Wilson was in high school, The New Yorker magazine acknowledged his love for Spongebob Squarepants in a feature named “Reasons to love New York.”
I am sure teams want a good personality as wells inside a locker room. He is also a competitor. Wilson is also strong at the point of attack none the less. He is also very good at pass blocking and run blocking none the less.
Prince Tega Wanogho – Auburn
He could be a reliable backup at tackle for Tennessee at left tackle. Tega Wanogoho received a medical red flag at the senior bowl. He was also redshirted as a freshman and improvements in his game happened because of it.
Prince Tega Wanogoho is 6’5″ and weighs 308 lbs. He also doesn’t have very long arms and this move could force him to move to guard at the next level. I am sure the Tennessee Titans wouldn’t mind that. He could maul people at guard.
Lloyd Cushenberry III – LSU
He is 22 years old and Cushenberry III was part of a powerful offensive line at LSU. A few offensive linemen at LSU will be taken either in the first or second round of the NFL Draft.
Llyod Cushenberry is 6’3″ and weighs 312 lbs. Some of the things he does well his attention to detail at the center position. He has some comparisons to Corey Linsley on the Green Bay Packers and he is a very good center.
Cushenberry III is strong and sets the tone in the running game. The Titans love to run the football a lot. This player and pick make sense here none the less. He is also 22 years old.
Kristian Fulton – LSU
He 21 years old. Kristian Fulton is 6’0″ and weighs 197 lbs. LSU is always known as a defensive back university none the less. LSU always has defensive backs being drafted in the first round.
Fulton is projected to go in the early 20s. He will probably be the second, third, or fourth cornerback off the board. Kristian Fulton loves to press in man-to-man coverage and that is one of his strengths.
He always has an eye on the football and wants to make plays. Fulton has a ton of room to improve. As of right now, he allowed 40 percent of completions to his side, but Kristian Fulton has time to work on that.
He was suspended for the entire 2017 due to the falsifying specimen for a drug test. Kristian Fulton usually doesn’t recover when he gets burned and he has to work on that.
Fulton will be third or fourth corner to start in the league but will improve as time moves on none the less.
Trevon Diggs – Alabama
Diggs is 22 years old and he is the younger brother of wide receiver Stefon Diggs on the Buffalo Bills. Stefon Diggs was traded from the Minnesota Vikings to Buffalo for four draft picks.
Minnesota won’t draft Trevon Diggs most likely, which means a team like the Tennessee Titans could take a chance on him. Diggs is 6’1″ and 205 lbs and has a bright future ahead of him.
Trevon Diggs is drawing comparisons to Aqib Talib. Diggs played his fundamental techniques extremely well and he also picked off a couple of passes for touchdowns last season.
For some reason, Trevon Diggs is projected to go late in the first round, but he should be draft higher none the less. Diggs sometimes judges the play before it actually and if that occurs, he will get burned.
Otherwise, his strength and ability to diagnosis plays at the next level will be solid. Trevon Diggs will be a starter in his rookie season and could potentially be a candidate to win the Rookie of the Year Award.
Diggs is also 6’1″ and weighs 205 lbs. He may have the most upside at this position in the NFL Draft.
Noah Igbinoghene – Auburn
Igbinoghene is 5’10” and weighs 198 lbs. He is extremely fast because Noah Igbinoghene played track before in 2018 at Auburn as well. He started his college football career as a wide receiver, but then switched to cornerback.
His speed will allow him to catch up to wide receivers if he gets burned. Despite not being tall, his strength and physicality is very good none the less. Igbinoghene is still learning the position and will only get better with more time and more reps.
He could be one of the steals in the NFL draft depending where Noah Igbinoghene is drafted.
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