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Tennessee Titans 2023 Positions Needed & First Round Draft Picks

The Tennessee Titans started the 2022 season hot with a 7-3 record. Coach Mike Vrabel was turning in another masterclass with a ferocious defense leading the way. Then disaster struck. Tennessee lost seven consecutive games to end the season and failed to win the weak AFC South with a 7-10 record.

The Titans’ evident problems can no longer be overlooked. Tennessee’s offense has lacked creativity with a limited passing game for a number of years. The Titans are in store for an offensive overhaul. The 2023 NFL Draft is the perfect opportunity to acquire some top-tier talent.

Robert Woods #2 of the Tennessee Titans
Robert Woods #2 of the Tennessee Titans | Courtney culbreath/getty images/afp

Let’s check the most recent NFL picks, statistics, and the top betting insights for the 2023 NFL mock draft. Additionally, we have an abundance of NFL draft odds for your consideration.

2022 Season Record: 7-10

Status of Coach: Mike Vrabel – Safe

Positions of Need

  • Offensive line
  • Wide receiver
  • Edge rusher
  • Quarterback

Notable Draft Picks

  • Round 1, Pick 11
  • Round 2, Pick 41

Potential First-Round Targets

If the Titans truly want to reform their offense, getting a fresh start at quarterback seems necessary. Ryan Tannehill is not consistent enough to lead a high-scoring offense, and Malik Willis struggled mightily in his rookie season. However, Tennessee has more pressing needs on offense, like a wide receiver and offensive line. Few quarterbacks can find success with the Titans’ current surrounding cast.

Ultimately, if Tennessee makes a change at quarterback it will likely come in free agency or via trade. With the Chicago Bears holding the No. 1 overall pick, there could be an outside shot the Titans look to trade up. The No. 11 pick is not an ideal spot to draft a signal-caller in the 2023 NFL Draft. The top three quarterbacks will likely be off of the board, meaning Florida’s Anthony Richardson would be the next-best option, and he comes with a lot of risk with wild inconsistencies.

Targeting the offensive line or a star wide receiver seems like the safest option for the Titans. Peter Skoronski (Northwestern) and Paris Johnson Jr. (Ohio State) are the best tackle prospects in the draft and would immediately address Tennessee’s need for a left tackle and improved pass protection.

However, taking a wideout could make the most sense. The 2023 receiver class is weak and does not have as much depth, while there are several promising second-day offensive line prospects. The Titans could be in the position to take the first wide receiver of the 2023 NFL Draft.

Tennessee has yet to find a No. 1 receiver since A.J. Brown’s departure. In fact, the Titans did not have a wideout eclipse of 550 receiving yards in the 2022 season. Jordan Addison (USC) or Jaxon Smith-Njigba (Ohio State) could be good fits. Addison has good speed and cuts with great route running, while Smith-Njigba is a reliable target with excellent hands and savvy route running. Both project as slot receivers, which would work well alongside Treylon Burks, who is a constant deep threat.

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Potential Second-Round Targets

If the Titans acquire a wideout in the first round, they will surely target an offensive lineman in the second round. They can simply take the best on the board, whether it be a tackle or guard. Tennessee needs about every position on the O-line.

Offensive tackles Darnell Wright (Tennessee) and Cody Mauch (North Dakota State) are ideal fits. Wright is one of the strongest tackles in the class and improved his pass protection in the 2022 season. He went toe-to-toe with one of 2023’s top defensive prospects – Will Anderson Jr. Mauch is a more raw prospect, especially in pass protection, but he has excellent mobility and athleticism as a former tight end.

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