Pick #15 — Tennessee Titans
After originally being set to select first in this draft, the Titans are finally making their first selection here at #15.
Even with the drastic move down however, they are in prime position to bring in a quality option at a position of need without having to even try trading back up.
For a team that has plenty of needs, they actually have a surprising number of guys on each side of their roster who could be key pieces for their near- and long-term future.
They have their quarterback in Marcus Mariota, a handful of recent high picks at wide receiver, bookend pass rushers, a couple offensive linemen, and a nice rotation of defensive linemen.
What they need most is probably a cornerback prospect, but it would be somewhat of a reach for most of the available guys outside of Eli Apple, and they may not like him enough to grab him here; plus, they can likely find one of these guys with one of their multiple 2nd rounders. The same goes for their safety spot beside Da’Norris Searcy.
In terms of value meeting need, an offensive linemen — particularly at the tackle spot — is the way to go here.
They obviously feel great about what they received from the Rams in their trade down, but with it had to be some concern as to where and when they might have to move up if they want to get themselves the consensus #2 tackle option in Stanley; they obviously have the draft capital to make a move, but still, there should be some level of hope that they won’t have to spend much of it to get him.
In this particular case, I think things will continue to line up fortuitously for Tennessee, leaving the guy they want still sitting here for them to scoop up.
Adding Stanley will give the team bookend tackles, pairing him with Taylor Lewan for years to come, keeping Mariota upright and seeing clearly along the way back to sustainable success for the franchise.
The only question left is how fast will the Titans turn in this pick.