The Tennessee Titans will have the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft following today’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
This comes just one year after Tennessee used the second overall pick in 2015 to select quarterback Marcus Mariota out of Oregon. Mariota showed promise, but the Titans failed to establish a strong running game and did not provide the dual-threat quarterback with much of anything in terms of receiving talent. Coach Ken Whisenhunt was fired after a 1-6 start and replaced with Mike Mularkey on an interim basis and Mariota also missed some time with minor knee injuries.
Just how Tennessee uses the pick remains to be seen, but don’t be surprised if they trade down. What the Titans need won’t be found at the top of the draft, unless they decide to draft offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil out of Ole Miss, so dealing the pick could wind up being worth more. What the team needs is an elite receiver and a running game that can finish better than 28th in the league.
This means that unless a top receiver absolutely wows scouts at the NFL Scouting Combine next month, Tennessee’s plans for the pick will probably remain unknown until Draft Day.
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