Brand new look for Titans offense
The Tennessee Titans may not have made the big blockbuster trade for the second pick in the draft everyone was expecting, but they definitely changed the landscape of their team. The Titans will have an almost entirely new set of skill position players on offense when the 2015 season gets under way.
Tennessee decided to decline the trade offers received leading up to selection time and drafted Marcus Mariota with the second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. This gave the Titans the face of the franchise and undisputed starting QB of the future, they hope. They then caused a buzz by taking a chance on the troubled wide receiver from Missouri, Dorial Green-Beckham. If Green-Beckham can stay out of trouble, he is one of those steal-of-the-draft type guys. He is 6’5 and one of the most physically gifted receivers in the draft. He could soon become their number one guy as Mike Evans and Odell Beckham Jr. did for their teams last season.
The Titans then added a guy to protect their new quarterback by selecting Jeremiah Poutasi, an offensive tackle from Utah. Poutasi is a 6’5 335 lb load to deal with for opposing rushers. He will have to adapt to the speed of NFL guys rushing off the edge, but he has the raw power intangibles that could earn him a starting role. After drafting Angelo Blakson, a defensive tackle from Auburn in the fourth round, the Titans drafted Alabama’s team captain last year, fullback Jalston Fowler. Fowler is a guy who will most likely start at fullback right away. He is quick to get to his assigned man and knock him down. He is also an effective runner between the tackles. A ton of upside for the Titans in Fowler.
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With their fifth round pick, the Titans selected a sleeper running back from Minnesota, David Cobb. Cobb could come in and compete for the starting job right away with a good pre-season. The Titans do not have solid depth at the position. Shonn Greene is their projected starter with second year player Bishop Sankey listed as number two. Cobb is 230 lbs and knows how to use his leverage. He finished seventh all-time in rushing for the Gophers. Cobb has a chance to turn heads with a good training camp because Sankey was less than impressive as a rookie last season.
After taking linebacker Deiontrez Mount from Louisville in the sixth round, they followed by selecting C Andy Gallik from Boston College and finished their 2015 NFL draft by drafting WR Tre McBride from William & Mary. Gallik is a tough competitor and team captain while at Boston College. He will have an opportunity in training camp to earn a spot on the roster. McBride brings speed, agility and good hands to the table. The Titans were not deep at the wide receiver position last season to say the least. McBride will have a chance to earn a role on the team, especially special teams with his excellent speed.
So the Titans will have a rookie QB under center in Mariota, a possible new number one weapon to throw to in Green-Beckham, a talented and versatile fullback in Fowler, a running back in Cobb that compete for the number one spot immediately and a big 6’5 335 lb offensive tackle to help protect your young QB while he figures things out. You mix in the Titans first round draft pick last year, offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, along with free agent acquisition Harry Douglas and a returning Delanie Walker, the Titans have what should be a much improved offense this season. And don’t forget about the off-season acquisitions of Dick LeBeau as defensive coordinator and signing of free agent linebacker Brian Orakpo.
While there is a lot that is yet to be determined about this young new team and these draft picks, you have to credit the Titans front office for going for it. Fans in Nashville have been critical of their draft choices and free agent activity for years, this year the front office listened. No one knows how good Mariota will be, or if Dorial Green-Beckham will stay out of trouble and become a number one receiver. But the Titans effort was there in this years draft. They made a decision to go get a franchise QB and to get better on offense really quickly. The intentional and calculated effort to improve on the offensive side of the ball is why I give the organization an A for this years draft. An A for effort.
Overall Draft Grade- A
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