With the off-season blues still alive and strong, there has been a lot of lists and rankings flying about the web. One of the latest ones I read was a piece on the NFL's best and worst position groups. So for some friendly discussion on this Tuesday night, which position group on this Titans roster would you say was the strongest, and which the weakest?
For me, the strongest position group is tough to pin down on a Titans squad that has struggled for quality depth across the board. That said, a lot has changed over the past year, and I would actually go with the wide receiver crop. There is no "elite" standout on offer, but a single injury would not doom this unit as in the past (and in other areas of the current team). The additional of Dorial Green-Beckham provides some added versatility at the "X" position, and gives the team another down field target to pair with Justin Hunter. Kendall Wright has the potential to be this team's best overall player, and will look to bounce back after a lackluster 2014 campaign. HaKeem Nicks has obviously had better days, but he has produced in the past and gives the team a guy with experience out wide. Harry Douglas and Tre McBride also give the team some added depth and versatility. In the end, I think improved QB play makes this group look a whole lot better than the past few years.
As fir the weakest position group? I was tempted to go with outside linebacker, since Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo are the only NFL-quality players the team has at the position. However I would have to go with the defensive front three. While Jurrell Casey is the team's best overall player, and perhaps the best AFC South defender outside of JJ Watt, he can't do it all alone. Karl Klug and Ropati Pitoitua are nice rotational pieces, but the latter didn't help as much as needed last season against the run. My disdain for Sammie Hill is well documented, and DaQuan Jones hasn't taken any meaningful snaps as a pro yet. Al Woods is yet another veteran who has hardly played. At the present time, there is very little that inspires confidence to stop the run, and while improved linebacker play may help in this regard in 2015, the defensive line has to be stouter and more disciplined at the point of attack.
What say you?