Pro Football Focus released their annual ranking of the top rosters in the NFL on Monday afternoon, placing the Tennessee Titans 20th overall. It was a bit of a surprise, considering the whole five wins in the past two years thing. But hey, it's about time we had a positive off-season article to discuss.
PFF listed Jurrell Casey, Delanie Walker, Da'Norris Searcy, Wesley Woodyard and Brian Orakpo as the top five players on the roster. It's tough to argue four out of those five, but Marcus Mariota is the obvious player left off. He's without a doubt a top five player on this roster.
They mention Marcus Mariota, Dorial Green-Beckham and Kevin Byard as players that hold the keys to the franchise down the road. To which I would say, this franchise is already squarely on the back of Marcus Mariota. This franchise hinges on his development.
PFF goes on to list Chance Warmack, Jeremiah Poutasi, Avery Williamson and Brice McCain as starters who need to be replaced. My issue with this is the fact that Poutasi and McCain aren't even starters. Poutasi was lit up under Whisenhunt and was immediately benched when Mularkey took over. McCain is a role player that will likely handle nickel duties. You can certainly make the argument against Warmack, but the Titans aren't really in a place to move on from him quite yet. Maybe Sebastian Tretola will show enough to force him out the door this season.
Personally, I think ranking the Titans overall roster 20th is a bit rich. They've gotten better this off-season, but I don't think that they are better than 12 teams in the NFL. There are still holes on this roster at left guard, receiver and cornerback and we really don't know what they've got there.
What you do have is an emerging young quarterback in Marcus Mariota. He put together a fantastic rookie season without a whole lot around him in 2015. If Jack Conklin can simply stabilize the right side of that offensive line, the Titans will be a much better football team in 2016.