So the draft is over and everyone is talking football again. Not to throw wet-blankets around, but there won't be any real football for almost 3 months yet. The offseason is very much still in swing, and with it the roster building phase of the NFL calendar continues. After the draft the team filled plenty of it's needs, adding running back Bishop Sankey, who can take the lead in Tennessee's backfield, Taylor Lewan, who solidifies what should be an imposing offensive line, DaQuan Jones who provides an upgrade at NT. Marqueston Huff should help fill a void at corner with the position group being bumped up by one in Verner's absence, with the ability to spell at safety too ideally, and Avery Williamson who fills a huge talent void in a thin ILB corps. Along with Zach Mettenberger who injects talent into a desolate backup QB group, the Titans did indeed accomplish what they set out to do.
However, there are still areas of the roster than may still need tweaking before opening day. Where does the team currently stand? After looking at the roster, I don't see a ton of holes. I do see two groups that stand out as areas where the team could certainly strengthen their stock.
Presumed Starters: Michael Roos (LT), Andy Levitre (LG), Brian Schwenke (C), Chance Warmack (RG), Taylor Lewan vs Michael Oher (RT)
The Titans are set as far as starters go on the offensive line. Behind those you have the loser of the RT position battle and swing guard Chris Spencer and Byron Stingily. The team lacks an ideal backup for the Center spot with only Tyler Horn and Eric Olsen on the current roster to step in at this point. The team would do well to add some depth behind the starters, especially on the interior. We don't want a repeat of late 2012, aka, a competition of "last man standing."
Presumed Starters: Kendall Wright, Nate Washington, Justin Hunter
Tennessee has plenty of talent to work with in the receiving corps. Kendall Wright may be poised to be the league's best slot receiver this season, Hunter should take a big step forward in 2013 after an encouraging rookie campaign, and even up in his years Nate Washington is no slouch either. Behind them things are less certain. Michael Preston is the favorite for the 4th spot thus far, after the exodus of Damian Williams. Beyond him the Titans have journeyman Brian Robiskie, Marc Mariani, and a slew of undrafted free agents and practice squad guys vying for a spot. Let's hope someone steps up to the plate, since having a good 4th and even 5th guy is becoming critical in today's NFL.
Presumed Starters: Wesley Woodyard (SILB), Avery Williamson vs Zach Brown (WILB)
The Titans have talent at inside linebacker at this juncture. That said, the battle for playing time will be something to keep a close eye on. With Colin McCarthy and Moise Fokou in the wings, there will certainly be a rotation. That aside, the team added the Avery Williamson via the draft, who incidentally stands as one of if not the only fit against the run in the entire group, While Horton is sure to rotate these guys in different packages, the ability to stop the run has to be on the team's mind after suffering the past few seasons with no real answer in the middle.
The area is less of a need to add talent, but more of one to figure out what exactly the team has. Unfortunately, we won't know too much more until camp opens and we start seeing who is ready to step up.