Any faint remaining hope that the Tennessee Titans could qualify for the postseason ended following Sunday’s overtime defeat to the Indianapolis Colts. The Titans are now 0-3 within the AFC South, and 4-8 overall. Depending on your outlook, one positive development did occur on Sunday. The Titans currently own the No. 8 overall selection in the 2024 NFL Draft, per Tankathon’s updated draft order. Having entered Week 13 with the 10th pick, that represents a two-spot improvement.
Titans fans, how are we feeling after today’s results? pic.twitter.com/zZtztMgACX— Justin Graver (@titansfilmroom) December 4, 2023
Rookie sixth-round pick Jaelyn Duncan has provided an upgrade over Andre Dillard and Nicholas Petit-Frere on the left side. But the Titans should still be targeting an elite blindside prospect like Penn State’s Olu Fashanu or Notre Dame’s Joe Alt. There’s no such thing as a “sure thing” in the NFL draft, but Alt and Fashanu have franchise tackle tendencies on tape.
There’s no guarantee Alt or Fashanu would be available with the eighth overall pick. In fact, I’d consider it borderline unlikely. Left tackles are a premium. If the Titans want to guarantee themselves an opportunity at drafting Fashanu or Alt, they’ll have to conclude the campaign with a top five selection. If they manage to work themselves into the top three, which is unlikely but not impossible (our pal FWordsPod provided the blueprint), Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. would be tempting.
As of now, the Titans should be looking at three different prospects in the 8-to-10 overall range. Georgia tight end Brock Bowers, LSU wide receiver Malik Nabers, and Alabama offensive tackle JC Latham are considered in that next tier of offensive prospects. Any of the three would help the Titans immediately in 2024, and would represent one heck of a consolation prize if they miss out on Alt, Fashanu, or Harrison Jr.
I ultimately believe the Titans will select within the top six. Sunday’s defeat to the Colts may have represented the most winnable game on their remaining schedule. An upcoming contest with the Miami Dolphins is a near-impossible task. The Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans (twice) make up Tennessee’s remaining games.
We’re officially on 2024 NFL Draft watch.