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Titans still own 9th overall pick in 2024 NFL Draft despite loss to Texans

NCAA Football: Georgia St. at Louisiana State Matthew Dobbins-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans entered Sunday’s contest with the Houston Texans owning the No. 9 overall selection in the 2024 NFL Draft. After a heartbreaking defeat in overtime, the Titans’ draft positioning was unfortunately left unchanged. At this point, every loss has you hopefully climbing up the draft order. That didn’t happen on Sunday. Such is life as a Titans fan.

The Titans are now 0-4 within the AFC South and 5-9 overall. The victory over the Miami Dolphins prevented the Titans from moving into the top five, dropping them to No. 9. To summarize the previous two contests, Monday’s unlikely come-from-behind victory cost the Titans approximately four overall spots in the 2024 NFL Draft order, and Sunday’s defeat to Houston did nothing to improve their positioning.

Defeats for the Washington Commanders, New York Giants, New York Jets, and Chicago Bears on Sunday prevented the Titans from moving up. One positive development for the Titans was Thursday’s victory for the Las Vegas Raiders over the Los Angeles Chargers. Also on the bright side, a Titans victory over the Texans could have dropped the Titans as low as 12th overall. So being left unchanged wasn’t the worst possible outcome.

After yet another abysmal performance from the offensive line on Sunday, the Titans should still be targeting an elite blindside protector like Penn State’s Olu Fashanu or Notre Dame’s Joe Alt. Picking ninth overall does lessen their chances of those prospects being available, however. I believe both players could be picked within the top five.

As of now, Georgia tight end Brock Bowers, LSU wide receiver Malik Nabers, and Alabama offensive tackle JC Latham are more realistic targets for the Titans. Latham has outstanding grip strength as a plug-and-play right tackle. Nabers could answer the long-term WR1 question while forming an exciting duo with DeAndre Hopkins next season.

It’s all about investing in Will Levis’ development. We’ll keep you posted weekly on the Titans’ draft positioning. Next weekend is massive with the Jets playing the Commanders and the Bears playing the Cardinals. The Titans have a good chance to move up.