Had the Tennessee Titans kept the No. 1 overall pick, they likely would have drafted Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, who might be the best and safest prospect in this year’s draft.
Instead, they traded the pick to the Rams for a king’s ransom: first-round picks this year and next, third-round picks this year and next, and two second-round picks this year.
That’s quite a haul.
“I think it’s a win because it’s a team that needs multiple starters and has so many holes based off of drafts from previous years and previous regimes,” former NFL safety and current 104.5 The Zone Titans host Blaine Bishop said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “I think at least 90 percent of (Titans fans) are elated that (general manager) Jon Robinson’s legacy has just begun with this, as well as the DeMarco Murray trade.”
Although Tunsil is no longer an option, it would still be wise for the Titans to draft an offensive lineman – and early.
“Absolutely,” Bishop said. “I don’t know what they’re going to do and who they’re going to draft – or which position – with all those picks in the first round, but I would hope to think they’re going to have an offensive lineman, wide receiver, defensive end maybe even a defensive back. As I said before, they have a lot of holes. Maybe the top priority could be offensive lineman once you move down because you have Marcus Mariota and you want to make sure you protect your investment in your quarterback. So I would probably venture to say they may take an offensive lineman, but if it was me, I’m taking a wide receiver.”
Tight end Delanie Walker led the Titans with 94 receptions, 1,088 yards and six touchdowns last season. His 94 receptions were almost as many as the Titans’ top three receivers – Dorial Green-Beckham, Harry Douglas and Kendall Wright – had combined (104).
An elite wide receiver would do wonders for Mariota, who threw for 2,818 yards, ran for 252 and accounted for 21 touchdowns (19 pass, two rush) and 10 interceptions in 12 games as a rookie.
Speaking of Mariota, Bishop is sold.
“Oh man, I think he answered all the questions,” Bishop said. “Playing under center, his durability, his toughness, his leadership – I think the sky’s the limit. He’s a really smart guy, puts a lot of work into his craft, really good human being. I still think he needs to continue to develop and grow, (but) I think the Titans made a great choice in getting Marcus Mariota.”