With all the offseason additions and scheme shuffling, I think it is easy to forget exactly what the Titans have one the roster. While they are lacking in real blue-chip talent and solid veterans, they have plenty of young talent with a lot of potential. This is the start to a series of stories on players that you may have forgotten about.
Lavar Edwards, defensive end
Many people forget, but in the 2013 NFL Draft the Titans selected more than one trench player. Lavar Edwards from LSU, was one of the picks that most agreed could be a steal in the draft.
The former LSU standout played on a line with Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery, two very talented defensive ends that ended up being selected on the first two days. Fortunately for Tennessee this allowed Edwards to slip through the cracks all the way to the fifth round.
Edwards checks it at 6'4" and just under 280 lb., which was a little bit big for a 4-3 DE. However, his length and ability to anchor forced the Titans to put him out on the field because he was just to talented to leave on the bench.
In year two with the Titans, I expect Edwards to bulk up a little bit and make the move to 5-technique. Outside of Ropati Pitoitua, the Titans really don't have someone suited for the position any better than Edwards is. With RP anchoring one side and Edwards logging time on the other side, teams will struggle to run the ball on the edges. Add in the plethora of DT/NTs that the Titans have brought in and you have a front three that should keep plenty of offensive linemen dedicated to the DL, allowing the linebackers to make some splash plays.