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Titans NFL Draft Recap 2024

Last Updated: May 12, 2023

Entering last season, the Tennessee Titans were coming off two consecutive first-place finishes. They seemed to be on the way to another AFC South title, winning seven of their first 10 games.

What followed was an epic collapse as Tennessee lost seven straight games to end the season. To start pointing the team back in a positive direction, Tennessee hired former San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Ran Carthon as its new general manager.

Carthon was tasked with beginning to improve a sagging offense that ranked last in the NFL in passing in 2022. Tennessee also had to look towards the future as Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill are set to be free agents after the upcoming season.

The Titans only had six picks in the 2023 NFL Draft and used them all on offense. They found the likely successor to Tannehill when Will Levis, who was considered an early first-rounder in several mock drafts, slipped to the second round. Tennessee decided to trade up eight slots for him instead of seeing if he continued to fall.

The Titans addressed an immediate need on the offensive line with their first-rounder and may have also nabbed the RB to take over as the lead guy after Henry. Later, depth was added at tight end, wide receiver, and on the offensive line.

Titans NFL Draft Picks 2023

  • Round 1 Pick 11 Overall: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
  • Round 2, Pick 33 Overall (From HOU via ARI): Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
  • Round 3, Pick 81 Overall (From DET via ARI): Tyjae Spears, RB, Tulane
  • Round 5, Pick 147 Overall: Josh Whyle, TE, Cincinnati
  • Round 6, Pick 186 Overall (From ATL): Jaelyn Duncan, OT, Maryland
  • Round 7, Pick 228: Colton Dowell, WR, Tennessee-Martin

Titans NFL Futures Odds

Now that the NFL Draft is complete, get ready for the 2023-24 NFL season with the latest Titans odds and futures betting markets.

Titans Draft Grade 2023

Titans NFL Draft Grade: B-

Our Frank Ammirante gave the Titans a B- for taking advantage of the Levis free fall after landing an important piece on the offensive line. But he was not a fan of the Spears selection, especially since the Titans already had a quality backup running back behind Henry.

Click to see our full report card of 2023 NFL Draft Grades.



Note: The following information was written prior to the 2023 NFL Draft.

Titans Draft Team Needs 2023

1. Quarterback

The Titans appear to be heading to a parting of ways with Ryan Tannehill, and it is just a question of whether that will happen before or after the 2023 season. The veteran QB is heading into the final year of his contract, and there is a chance he could be a post-June 1 cut.

Tannehill will be 35 when the season starts and has frequently failed to meet expectations throughout his career. Tennessee was 6-6 with Tannehill as a starter last season, and it is apparent he cannot significantly elevate the offense around him.

With the No. 11 pick, the Titans might take one of the top QBs (if one were to fall to them) or it is also possible they could trade up to grab their QB of the future. Malik Willis, who was drafted in the third round last season, is a major project and does not appear to be capable of taking over as a starter any time soon.

2. Offensive Line

Tennessee elected to release three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan during the offseason. While the Titans did bring in some offensive line reinforcements, there are still concerns about the left side of the line heading into the draft.

Former Eagle Andre Dillard and ex-49er Daniel Brunskill were signed as free agents. Brunskill may take over at right guard, and Dillard is penciled in at left tackle.

While Brunskill is versatile enough to man either guard spot, the line would be better if he plays on the right side. Dillard still has more to prove as a regular starter, and if the Titans draft a starting-caliber left tackle, Dillard could slide over to left guard.

The Titans may also draft a quality guard, and keep Dillard at LT. However, one more starter-type lineman would be a big help to the unit.

3. Wide Receiver

Tannehill has been a disappointment, but the Titans have not done him any favors in terms of providing consistent playmaking options in the passing game. Last season’s trade of A.J. Brown to Philadelphia proved to be crippling to the passing game, which was the worst in the AFC.

Entering his second season with Tennessee, Treylon Burks looks like he could emerge as a true No. 1 WR. The depth chart behind him is quite thin, though.

The Titans lack a true No. 2 WR. Any rookie they draft in the first few rounds should compete for a starting spot right away and may have it for years to come.

Titans May Also Consider Drafting: Tight End, Cornerback, EDGE, Running Back

Titans NFL Draft Round 1 Mock 2023

  • Round 1, Pick 11 Overall: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern

As of April 14, our own Anthony Cervino is predicting that with the No. 11 overall pick, the Titans will address the offensive line and pass on taking QB Will Levis. Read our full NFL Mock Draft.

Titans NFL Draft Pick History

Titans NFL Draft Picks 2022

  • Round 1, Pick 18 (18th Overall): Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
  • Round 2, Pick 3 (35th Overall): Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn
  • Round 3, Pick 5 (69th Overall): Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State
  • Round 3, Pick 22 (86th Overall): Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
  • Round 4, Pick 26 (131st Overall): Hassan Haskins, RB, Michigan
  • Round 4, Pick 38 (143rd Overall): Chigoziem Okonkwo, TE, Maryland
  • Round 5, Pick 20 (163rd Overall): Kyle Philips, WR, UCLA
  • Round 6, Pick 26 (204th Overall): Theo Jackson, CB, Tennessee
  • Round 6, Pick 41 (219th Overall): Chance Campbell, LB, Ole Miss

Author

Scott Engel

Scott Engel is a Senior Sports Writer at The Game Day. Previously he was at SportsLine.com and The Athletic. His work is also featured at RotoBaller and on Seahawks.com. Scott is a host on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. He is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. Scott is a four-time FSWA award winner and a 13-time finalist. He was an Associate Editor and featured writer at ESPN.com. and his career began at CBS SportsLine, where he was a Senior Writer and Managing Editor. Scott was the Managing Director at RotoExperts.

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