With free agency hitting the second wave where you find clear starters, but not clear difference makers it is time to look at the next phase of what the Titans may want to add.
Earlier in a post I mentioned that right tackle, safety, cornerback, and wide receiver stand out to me as needs on this team right now. I think there are players out there right now that could come in and fill those needs, and they fit the model of being younger, value players that are still ready to hit their four-year prime.
Here are the best players I can see at each of those spots.
Wide Receiver: Rueben Randle
While Tennessee Titans may lament the fact that this is yet another #2 wide receiver, but this team need all the receivers it can get. Harry Douglas and Justin Hunter may be great guys in the locker room, but it is just really hard to imagine them as the best that the Titans can put on the field.
Randle on the other hand has really had an underrated career. Despite the fact that he will only be 25 when the season starts, he has already developed a consistency in the NFL as a steady receiver. He has played in every game in his career, and has never averaged less than 13.2 YPC, including 14.0 YPC last year.
He is 6'2" and would give the Titans more size and consistency at that position, even though he may not be a high volume guy (only topped 50 receptions twice in his career).
That would allow the Titans to send out Dorial Green-Beckham and Rishard Matthews on the outsides with Kendall Wright in the slot, and Randle as the first man off the bench.
Right Tackle: Andre Smith
This is maybe the weakest position left in free agency. It is almost impressive how fast the right tackle market has developed compared to the left tackle market. While there aren't any great left tackles on the market, players like Donald Penn, Russell Okung and Kelvin Beachum, could all start at left tackle for at least eight teams in the NFL.
Andre Smith isn't exactly young after just turning 29, but in the world of offensive linemen 33 doesn't mean they have necessarily stayed too long in the league. He has only spent seven seasons in the NFL, and has only had one major injury (foot) in 2010.
He would fit the Titans aggressive, run-first mentality they seem to be building towards after adding DeMarco Murray. He would also give the Titans someone who could handle JJ Watt from a pure strength standpoint, meaning that a tight end on his side would actually make a difference.
Cornerback: Casey Hayward
I think this one is easy right now, Hayward is a young (26) local guy who played at Vanderbilt and who has a very good career to this point. He plays very well on both the outside and the inside which would give them the versatility to find out where he and Perrish Cox play best if he was brought in.
It would also allow the Titans the ability to still take Jalen Ramsey in the draft if he is their guy because he can play free safety as well as cornerback, so this doesn't take him out of the process.
While his good years have never come back to back, when he was played on a good defense with talented players he really stood out, which could be where this Tennessee Titans team is heading.
Safety: Walter Thurmond
This is the only player out there right now that fits the "ideal" Robinson model. He is in his 20s (28) and he is coming off of a career year. While there are rumors he could retire, the Titans have Dick LeBeau, no state income tax, a potential for a very good defense, and the opportunity to have a clear starting spot to entice him to this team if he still wants to play. It will be interesting to see just what happens with Thurmond and whether he decides to retire or not.
For what it is worth I really do think that Rashad Johnson would be a good fit in this offense as a cheaper version of Michael Griffin who has been better on a good team, but he is 32 and this article is about fitting the ideal model of what Robinson seems to be looking at:
1. Under 30
2. Good value
3. Positions of need before depth
4. Has something to prove/wants to be there.