Titans GM Jon Robinson is entering his 5th season with the franchise. His first 4 were all winning seasons. With a solid O line, and great QB play from Tannehill, his biggest need was to address the defense. He went out and signed both Bud Dupree and Denico Autry to help improve the defensive line. There were also the departures of Kenny Vaccaro, Adoree Jackson, Malcolm Butler, and Dennis Kelly. Janoris Jenkins and Kevin Johnson were added to the CB room. They signed Josh Reynolds to add depth to the WR core, as Corey Davis departed as well.
Sticking with the prioritization of defense, the Titans used the 22nd overall selection of the NFL draft to take Caleb Farley, CB out of Virginia Tech. As a former WR, at 6’2, he has ideal size and speed. He is a playmaker with elite ball skills, and just needs to refine his technique. Being that they let OT Dennis Kelly loose, they used their 2nd round pick to select Dillon Radunz, OT out of North Dakota State. He is an excellent athlete with great footwork and excels in pass protection. He needs to get a little stronger but I don’t see that as a long term issue. He is going to have to beat out a couple veterans to be the week 1 starter but at some point in the season he will start at RT.
The Titans grabbed two more defensive players in the 3rd round. ILB Monty Rice out of Georgia and CB Elijah Molden out of Washington. Rice has great speed and tackling skills but does lack a little bit in size. Molden has excellent play on tape. Ball skills, and coverage from the slot look great, but the problem is he does not have ideal size and speed.
Next the Titans would go on to select a WR and a DE in the 4th, and a Safety and another WR in the 6th. With Corey Davis leaving to the Jets, Dez Fitzpatrick, WR out of Louisville, was a great pick to add depth to the WR room. At 6’2 he has excellent size and speed with a great ability to track deep balls. They also added Racey McMath, WR out of LSU, in the 6th, who also has great size and speed at 6’3. He needs to improve his route running but can definitely contribute on special teams. Rashad Weaver, DE out of Pitt, was taken in the 4th. He is a disruptive pass rusher with lots of power. The 2nd 6th round selection was Brady Breeze, Safety out of Oregon. Has the speed, but a little undersized. Shows potential to be a playmaker in pass coverage but will probably be a special teamer in the early stages of his career.
The Titans have a great offense, although I foresee it a tall task for them to match the type of season they finished with last year, due to so many departures. They didn’t have a great free agency, so they are going to be relying on rookies and B grade (or worse) players to fill holes. Vrabel is going to have to do a hell of a coaching job defensively. Outside of Bud Dupree they didn’t really improve from a roster standpoint. Losing Jonnu Smith and Corey Davis without replacing them with a proven player isn’t helping either.
I don’t see The Titans being able to improve on their 11 win season last year, but I still like them to win at least 8 games.
Prediction: 10 – 7
Offseason Grade – C+
lthough they added Caleb Farley, they had several DB’s leave the team and their best offseason move was signing Bud Dupree.