The 2022 NFL Draft is finally here this week and fans are clamoring with excitement for the new crop of talent coming to your favorite NFL team. The Tennessee Titans are coming off a playoff performance they’d like to forget after losing to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Now, the Titans can add to their talent and see if they can make a Super Bowl run by adding to their team this week with their seven draft picks.
We now will learn more about the Tennessee Titans and what their draft needs are for this weeks draft. The top needs are wide receiver, interior offensive line, tight end, corner back, and offensive tackle.
Top Targets For First Pick
Sorting through the multiple mock drafts, these are the most likely players that the Titans will use on their first round pick.
Zion Johnson, OL, Boston College
Johnson was a three-year starter for the Eagles, he has excellent size to play on the interior offensive line at this level. Plus, he would be a good addition to keep helping the ageless Derrick Henry from performing at a high level. A fun fact: he is a former teammate and roommate of Titans coach Mike Vrabel’s son, Tyler.
Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
A three-year starter at Penn State, Dotson lined up across the formation in offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich’s offense. He became the fourth player in school history to reach that 1,000 receiving yard mark in a season and finished his career 2nd in school history in catches (183) touchdown (25) and fourth in receiving yards (2,757). Dotson puts defenders in conflict with his twitchy speed to defeat press and manipulate coverages at the stem. He is undersized, dotson has above-average hands and natural body control with maybe the largest catch radius of any sub-5-foot-11 receiver I have ever scouted. He is an NFL starter in the Diontae Johnson mold with hands and also punt-return skills.
George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
A three-year starter with Purdue, Karlaftis played mostly as a stand-up field rusher in co-defensive coordinator Brad Lambert’s scheme, also seeing snaps as a three-technique on the interior to take advantage of his quickness and strength. A Greece native who moved to the U.S. in 2014, he developed a love for football and shows an unmatched work ethic, which helped him log 30.5 TFL and 14.5 sacks over his 27 games in a Purdue uniform. Karlaftis’ hands are not only physical, but they’re well-timed and strategic to get the offense off schedule. For a player with his play speed, strength and physicality, he misses too many tackles so he needs to become a more controlled finisher. Overall, Karlaftis doesn’t have elite length or athletic twitch, but he has that NFL power, effort plus the hand work to break down the rhythm of blockers and be disruptive. He is a starting NFL defensive end in a traditional 4-man front.
Kenyon Green, OL, Texas A&M
A three-year starter with the Texas A&M Aggies, Green played the majority of his time at left guard under head coach Jimbo Fisher’s balanced offensive scheme. After starting at right guard as a freshman and left guard as a sophomore, he was the only returning starter on the offensive line as a junior and was asked to fill in across the line, becoming the only NCAA player with more than 80 snaps at four different offensive line positions in the 2021 season. A wide blocker, Green flashes explosive traits and physical hands to create movement in the run game or anchor in pass protection. Although he can catch himself thanks to his center of gravity, he will make things more difficult for himself with lunging tendencies. Overall, Green must fix the bad habits and penalties at the next level, but he does a great job staying balanced before and after contact with the mobility and brawling mentality to win his matchups. He should establish himself as a dependable starting guard early on in his NFL career.
The Titans have seven overall picks, including two compensatory selections:
Round 1, No. 26 overall
Round 3, No. 90 overall
Round 4, No. 131 overall
Round 4, No. 143 overall (compensatory)
Round 5, No. 169 overall
Round 6, No. 204 overall
Round 6, No. 219 overall (compensatory)
The NFL Draft begins this Thursday April 28 and goes through Saturday April 30