The Tennessee Titans are now on the clock.
With the end of Super Bowl 50, the Titans are back on equal footing with the other 31 teams around the NFL at least in theory.
But new general manager Jon Robinson has his work cut out for him to get the Titans back into the realm of contender status. Armed with the first pick in the 2016 draft, Robinson certainly has the ammunition to begin his rebuilding project, the question is which direction to go.
Robinson said in his introductory press conference that is willing to listen to offers to trade the top overall pick, and if he can, the Titans could be better off for it, with so many needs to address this off-season.
But here, in my opinion, the Titans top need heading into the 2016 off-season We will examine other need areas as well in future posts:
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Offensive line: The Titans are going to need two, and perhaps three additions to this group. First-round picks Chance Warmack and Taylor Lewan have yet to live up to their draft status, but they are the only two assured keepers among the 2015 starting group. The Titans need help at center (where Brian Schwenke has been oft-injured) and probably should go for a veteran who can not only stabilize this group by making the line calls and adjustments, but could also be a leader on and off the field.
New line coach Russ Grimm is familiar with Lyle Sendlein, whom he coached in Arizona, and Houston’s Ben Jones is a free agent too. There is also the chance that Browns star center Alex Mack could hit the market.
Beyond that, the Titans also need one more tackle, whether that is Laremy Tunsil being drafted for the left side and Lewan going to the right, or just keeping Lewan on the left and using a later pick or signing a free agent at right tackle.
Also at left guard, the Titans have issues. They think Jeremiah Poutasi can recover from being overwhelmed as a right tackle and settle in at left guard. They also have Quinton Spain, who finished the year as a starter, and could shift Schwenke there if they sign a veteran center to start in 2016.