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2017 NFL Power Rankings

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There is nothing better than power rankings 7 months before the first game, right? ESPN has some out this morning and they have the Titans ranked about where you would expect....31st. For each team they listed a "why they're here" and a "what could change." Here are those things for the Titans:

Why they're here: Marcus Mariota's raw totals look pretty good on paper, but the reality is Tennessee had the NFL's least-efficient offense in 2015 and opted to retain interim head coach Mike Mularkey. The Titans have the No. 1 pick in the draft, but in a year where there isn't a transcendent, franchise-changing talent sitting there. The good news is the Titans believe they have their QB of the future. The bad news is that didn't mean more wins in 2015.

What could change: They have a new general manager, and a chance to upgrade the offensive line via the draft. And in reality, Mariota was ahead of schedule in 2015 and is a good bet to make strides if he can stay healthy in 2016. There's nobody running away in the AFC South.

The Titans can compete with the Colts if they nail the offseason. I know, I know, that's a bold statement, but I believe it to be true. Here's to hoping Jon Robinson can put it together.