As it stands on Sunday night, the Tennessee Titans hold the top pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Titans sit at an ugly 2-9 after today's loss and the only other team with 2 wins is the Cleveland Browns who play tomorrow night.
So, the Titans have the first overall pick in the draft and the question is what do you do with that pick?
Protect Marcus Mariota?
The Tennessee Titans have one of the worst sack totals in the league, and have shown that this group as it currently stands can't protect their quarterback enough. On top of that, the best way to protect a rookie quarterback is with a strong running game and the Titans do not have that. Partially because of the talent at the RB position but maybe even more because the Titans don't get great run blocking.
So, the obvious answer to what the Titans should do with the first pick is add an offensive tackle right? Laremy Tunsil is the consensus top OT and he has been a bulldozer at Ole Miss even coming off of the leg injury he suffered a year ago. He competed well with elite pass rusher and is a big reason why Chad Kelly is having such a good year.
Auburn OT Shon Coleman and Michigan State OT Jack Conklin also project to be good starting OTs at the next level that should be available high in the second round.
Mariota likes to take his time in the pocket, but he does so because his receivers can't get open. This draft is riddled with great wide receiver prospects, so it doesn't make sense to grab for one here. If you are looking for someone that would be a great fit for the Titans, Josh Doctson from TCU is your guy.
Doctson is 6'3" and has some of the best hands in college football. Not only that, but he makes plays with the ball in the air whether that means going up for 50/50 balls or bursting past DBs to make a great catch. He is the perfect compliment to this offense full of smaller, faster WRs who can't make plays outside.
Best player available?
This would be Joey Bosa. If you believe the mantra "disruption is production" there is no way that you can have anyone ahead of Bosa. He is constantly in the backfield and he is one of the best run defenders in the league, not to mention one of the best pass rushers.
Everyone is quick to call Watt, because he is white and a great DE, but one of the best comparisons I have seen is Michael Strahan. He is a rhino with pads that puts OTs on their heels with his power and then makes them look foolish by beating them inside or outside with his hands and technique.
He is much better than Leonard Williams and he is more consistent than Jadeveon Clowney. Bosa is someone that would start for every team in the league which is what you need from a #1 overall pick.
No more Blidi Wreh-Wilson?
I know it would break your heart, but there is a chance that one of the top-3 picks in the NFL draft will be a DB. Whether that is Jalen Ramsey or Vernon Hargreaves depends on whether you want a safety or a cornerback respectively, but both are very good at a position the Titans are weak at.
Based on pure need and impact it is hard to argue that DB isn't the weakest unit on this team, despite what Dick LeBeau has been able to do for this team. Imagine LeBeau with a great cover DB, this team could look like an improved version of the Pittsburgh Steelers during their Super Bowl runs early in the decade where Troy Polamalu, James Harrison and Lamarr Woodley were dominant.
It is too early to say where they are better off going, but as far as I can tell these are their best options if they end up with the top pick.