Implementing an exotic smash mouth rushing attack sounded like a coach speak but finishing with the third best rushing yards proved skeptics wrong. The running game was a big reason why Tennessee was an improved team but the Titans need the passing game to continue to evolve. Finding Mariota a true number one receiver like Clemson’s Mike Williams could give the Titans a weapon that can win with the ball in the air.
The combination of Wesley Woodyard and Avery Williamson have provided the Titans with two solid run defenders helping the Titans finish with the second fewest rushing yards allowed. As good as the run defense was Tennessee gave up the third most passing yards in the NFL. The Titans should turn their attention to the draft and try and find a coverage linebacker to fall back into zone or even match up with opposing tight ends.
With Tennessee’s unique offensive attack, they have benefited by having Delanie Walker at tight end providing a variety of different roles. Looking to improve on their 25th rated the Titans cannot just add just a receiver and should look to add another tight end to pair with Walker. Alabama’s OJ Howard is a complete tight end that would allow Offensive Coordinator Terry Robiskie to get creative with their two tight end sets.
Signing Logan Ryan was important as finding help at cornerback was crucial to improving the Titans passing defense. Along with Brice McCain in the slot and Jason McCourty on the outside the Titans cornerbacks are improved from last year but still lacks a true lock down corner. With both McCain and McCourty entering the final year of their contracts Tennessee could look to find a shutdown corner and could target Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore with the 5th pick.
Tennessee has some good pieces along the defensive line but Karl Klug is coming off an ACL injury while Casey is the only consistent pass rusher. Loaded with run defenders the Titans should add an athletic penetrator to come in on passing situations is a must. Without this being a major need the Titans can wait till Day 3 taking a flyer on a player with upside.