It’s way too early to project who the Tennessee Titans might take with the first overall pick in the 2016 Draft.
Heck, for that matter, it’s too early to project who is even going to make that pick for the Titans, since they are currently in the middle of a search for a general manager and perhaps a head coach as well, if they decide against keeping Mike Mularkey.
So since the Titans don’t have a GM to make the pick, let’s do a little homework for them and see who the best fits might be at No. 1 overall – assuming some quarterback-starved team like the Eagles or Rams doesn’t offer half the franchise to move to the top spot for Paxton Lynch or Jared Goff.
Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Of all the needs that the Titans have on a team that finished 3-13, defensive end isn’t one of them. But when people are making the comparison between Bosa and J.J. Watt, well, you have to consider Bosa, even if there are much bigger needs. The Titans defensive line was actually a team strength this season with Jurrell Casey, DaQuan Jones, Al Woods and others, but if Bosa is a true difference maker, then that’s something the Titans simply can’t afford to turn down. Besides in a 3-4, they can always stand him up and let him rush the passer. The defense fell off dramatically after Derrick Morgan was lost with a shoulder injury.
Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
The Titans offensive line was a mess in 2015, and quite frankly hasn’t been good in a while, despite the devotion of many resources to the position. The Titans already have two first-round picks in Taylor Lewan at left tackle and Chance Warmack at right guard. Drafting Tunsil would be a plug and play situation, but if the rookie is as advertised, it might force the Titans to do a little more shuffling, putting him at left tackle and shifting Lewan to right tackle.
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Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State
A local product from Brentwood Academy just outside of Nashville, Ramsey has developed into a top-flight defensive back, capable of playing cornerback or safety. Choosing a defensive back first overall in the draft is rarely, if ever seen, but Tennessee’s secondary had issues at cornerback where Coty Sensabaugh and Blidi Wreh-Wilson have not developed as hoped, and safety Michael Griffin is getting a little long in the tooth. Ramsey offers versatility to step in and fill an important role immediately.
Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
It’s no secret that the Titans track record in discovering wide receivers has been mediocre at best and dismal at worst. Currently, only Dorial Green-Beckham seems to be on the uptick among their current receivers. Kendall Wright has slumped the past two seasons and Justin Hunter has failed to take off due to injuries in inconsistency. Harry Douglas was brought in as a stop-gap. So taking a dazzling playmaker like Treadwell to give Marcus Mariota someone else to throw to, wouldn’t be the worst idea floated out there.