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Tennessee Titans 2023 Three Round NFL Mock Draft

After a disappointing season the Tennessee Titans appear to be entering a rebuilding phase, I project their first three draft picks here.
After a disappointing season the Tennessee Titans appear to be entering a rebuilding phase, I project their first three draft picks here.

After a disappointing season the Tennessee Titans appear to be entering a rebuilding phase, I project their first three draft picks here.

The Tennessee Titans have been amongst the contenders in the AFC in recent years but after losing seven straight games to close out last season it’s obvious their roster isn’t talented enough to contend anymore.

It’s a roster with some talent, but still plenty of areas they could look to address on both sides of the ball.

Offensively, they could be looking at adding offensive line, receiver, or even running back as an heir apparent to Derrick Henry.  Meanwhile, defensively they could use more depth all around the unit.

So, with that in mind let’s kick it off with their first round pick at 11th overall.

Titans Three Round Mock Draft

Round One 11th Overall: Paris Johnson Jr. OT Ohio State

Even after signing Andre Dillard to a three year $29 million deal in free agency, tackle is still an area the Titans should be looking to address if the value is there.  Paris Johnson Jr. at 11th overall presents good value as a high upside offensive tackle.

Johnson Jr. was the top offensive tackle in his class coming out of high school and it’s apparent why that was the case.  He is already a very good player and still has room to improve.  With his combination of quickness and strength at 6-foot-6, 310 pounds he has a high ceiling.

He is also someone with guard flexibility if he goes to a team with two good tackles as he started at right guard at Ohio State in 2021 before moving to left tackle for 2022.  For the Titans however he could start at left or right tackle from day one.

Round Two 41st Overall: BJ Ojulari Edge LSU

Edge rusher may not be of the highest priority for the Titans, but with Bud Dupree out the door it’s not off the table.  BJ Ojulari would be good value in this spot as he’s a potential late first round pick.

Ojulari’s ability to win with quickness and bend as a pass rusher, plus his leadership and character will be coveted by NFL teams.

He was a team captain at LSU and is someone who drew a lot of praise from coaches and teammates.  Which is something that is important and will boost his draft stock.

On the field, Ojulari’s ability to win around the outside by flipping his hips and turning the corner towards the quarterback is his best trait and the best of any edge rusher in this class.  The question will be if he can develop more as a pass rusher and win more consistently in other ways.

Ojulari may not have the ceiling of some of the other edge rushers in this class, but he still projects to be a good productive player in the NFL and would be good value for the Titans in the second round.

Round Three 72nd Overall: Rashee Rice WR SMU

After trading AJ Brown in last year’s draft a lack of weapons in the passing attack has held the Titans back.  It’s nearly impossible to replace AJ Brown, but there’s some solid options at receiver on day two of this draft and in this scenario they add Rashee Rice.

Rashee Rice is a big-bodied receiver at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. His biggest selling point in going to the NFL is his ability to make contested catches although that is not all he brings to the table.

Rice consistently won on vertical routes last season at SMU where he was very good at using his size advantage to fend off DBs and make catches downfield. He brought in 18 catches of 20+ air yards last season with eight of them being contested catches.

He is also pretty dynamic for his size as part of SMU’s offense was to just get the ball in his hands and let him work. I’m not quite sure how effective he’ll be after the catch against NFL defenders, however it’s good that it’s something that he’s shown and he’s not just a possession receiver.

Rashee Rice would be a good addition for the Titans in the third round as he has the skill set to potentially develop into a solid number two or three option at receiver in the NFL.

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