NASHVILLE, Tenn. –** What’s the best-case scenario for the Titans at pick No.25 in the NFL Draft?
On Wednesday, Titans Online presented that question to NFL Network analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks during a conference call.
Here’s what they said:
Jeremiah:** “That’s a good one. Man, I’ll tell you what, who I just love as a football player is (Iowa center/guard) James Daniels. I just love what he brings to the table. I think he is a plug and play center, I think he could play either of the guard spots if you wanted him to.
I think having a young quarterback (in Marcus Mariota) and having a young center that can grow with, I think there is a lot of value there. I’d be a big fan of that pick. Buck …”
Brooks: “I think when you look at the background of the head coach and the age that the Tennessee Titans have at edge rusher, I think having an edge rusher that could come in and play. The trick would be, philosophically, what do they want in terms of your edge rusher? Do you want a big, physical guy? That has typically been the New England way. Because ideally I would say, Oh, a guy like (Boston College’s) Harold Landry would fit. But when I look at his physical dimensions, he may not be that classic pick at that point.
I think having a guy with some versatility, maybe not necessarily in the first round but maybe in the bottom of the first/top of the second if they move back, a guy like (Ohio State’s) Sam Hubbard offers some versatility giving his background and length. I think the big thing for the Tennessee Titans is, they’ve made strides – this is a playoff team – is trying to find a piece or two that could push them over the top. But I do believe they have to find another pass rusher to have in the pipeline with Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo both being up in years.”
This offseason, the Titans have signed a pair of interior linemen in Kevin Pamphile (Tampa Bay) and Xavier Su’a-Filo (Houston), and also tendered guard Quinton Spain, who has signed. Ben Jones has been the team’s regular starter at center since joining the team in 2016.
The Titans haven’t yet added a pass rusher in free agency.
The NFL Draft begins on April 26.
TitansOnline.com looks back at some of the team's #1 draft picks over the years. (AP Photos)