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Will Levis, Titans win more important than 2024 NFL Draft position

An updated look at the 2024 NFL Draft order, and a reminder to enjoy this victory

Tennessee Titans v Miami Dolphins Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

The Tennessee Titans entered Week 14 owning the No. 8 overall selection in the 2024 NFL Draft. Sunday wins by the New York Jets and Chicago Bears had the Titans moving up to No. 6 overall. A victory on Monday Night Football by the New York Giants over the Green Bay Packers was positioning the Titans for No. 5 overall, placing them in “guaranteed to get Marvin Harrison Jr., Joe Alt, or Olu Fashanu” territory.

That’s when the unlikely happened. Rookie quarterback Will Levis completed nine-of-11 attempts for 132 yards, a touchdown, and a two-point conversion across two drives with under three minutes remaining to claim a historic 28-27 come-from-behind victory over the Miami Dolphins. At their lowest, the Titans possessed a 0.383% chance of victory, according to Next Gen Stats. It was the second-least likeliest win in the NGS era.

The Titans now possess the No. 9 overall selection, dropping four potential spots (from No. 5) after their unlikely victory, per Tankathon. There’s no denying that this win could prevent the Titans from drafting Alt, Fashanu, or Harrison Jr., their perceived top three targets 135 days out from the actual 2024 NFL Draft.

Once April marks its anticipated arrival, perhaps we’ll reflect on this win as a meaningless moral victory that cost the Titans a premium talent in the long-term. There’s no use feeling that way now. What Levis achieved was historic and should be appreciated. Levis looks like a legitimate franchise quarterback with each passing contest. The Titans will possess approximately $100 million in cap space this offseason to further invest in Levis’ supporting cast.

And barring the extremely unlikely, they’ll possess an early draft pick, too. Just how early remains to be determined. But don’t underestimate what Monday’s victory does for a young roster, one that was spearheaded to victory by Levis and fellow rookie running back Tyjae Spears, who accounted for more than half of Levis’ 80 passing yards on the first of two late scoring drives.

Monday represented the type of memorable victory that births legends. There’s no quit in Levis, who’s compete level is borderline unmatched. Levis is playing like a long-term solution at quarterback for the Titans. He now believes, and perhaps more importantly, his teammates know the former Kentucky standout is capable of leading them to victory in even the unlikeliest of circumstances.

That means more than winning Draft lotteries in early December.