We are freshly removed from the 2017 draft season, so let’s take a look at what the Titans could be thinking heading into 2018. This will give you a good idea of what positions the Titans will be looking at this college football season during the scouting process. Here are my top five future needs for the Tennessee Titans.
Note: These are in no order, so don’t get too bent out of shape.
Avery Williamson is heading into his final year of his rookie deal. He’s in an interesting spot — I think he’s a good player, but he’s limited in coverage. Would the Titans opt for a more versatile guy to replace him? Is Jayron Brown that guy? How many years does Wesley Woodyard have left? All of these are legitimate questions to me. It’s why I thought Reuben Foster or Haason Reddick were darkhorse options this year. Either way you slice it, I think the Titans will be in the market for a long term answer at linebacker next year.
Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan are signed through the 2018 season, but they aren’t getting any younger. They’re also carrying big cap numbers into their final contract years. Who knows what the Titans have in Kevin Dodd. If I had to rank a need, this would probably be number one. Adding a pass rush to this improved secondary is going to be an obvious need coming out of this year, I think.
The Titans visited and worked out a ton of safeties this draft cycle, only to not take any. They’ll roll with a rotation of Da’Norris Searcy, Kevin Byard and Johnathan Cyrpien this year, but their interest in safety prospects was warranted. I’m not sure Searcy is a Titan next year, so adding a versatile guy that can play both spots would be a nice addition.
DaQuan Jones will be a free agent at the end of this year. He’s a guy that I would think the Titans would want back, but you never know. He could very easily hit the open market. Is Angelo Blackson, Sly Williams or Austin Johnson his replacement? Maybe. Keep an eye on this spot though. The Titans weren’t connected to many defensive lineman during the draft process, outside of Jonathan Allen — just something to keep in mind. Even if Jones were to leave in free agency, the Titans would still have nice depth up front. They might just want a difference maker, though.
Yes — this situation can be solved if Corey Levin or Sebastian Tretola can turn into a starter. However, Quinton Spain is going to be a restricted free agent and Josh Kline will be an unrestricted free agent. I’d imagine a deal gets done for Spain, but I’d also guess that we see a new starter in Kline’s place. If nothing emerges as a long term fit, the Titans may be forced to address this spot.