The Tennessee Titans are made up of a young team on the rise. In 2015 they played a rookie quarterback for most of the season in Marcus Mariota. Now they need to start adding the depth around him that good teams have.
The Titans, the original owners of the first selection overall, wheeled and “dealed”, ending up with 10 draft choices. Overall, offensive tackle was top priority. The Titans used their first round draft choice, 8th overall once the dust settled, on Jack Conklin, the offensive tackle from Michigan State. In round two they turned their attention to the defensive line, another major area of concern for them. With their first choice in round two, they selected Kevin Dodd, a defensive end from Clemson. With their second choice in round two, they selected Austin Johnson, a defensive tackle from Penn State. Johnson is expected both to play significantly well, and possibly even start. Their third choice in round two was Alabama running back Derek Henry.
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A few years ago, they drafted Jake Locker in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft,
and due to injuries, they are still trying to evaluate whether or not he is their long term solution at quarterback.
They will enter the season with Locker as the starter, but Locker will have a short leash under new head coach Ken Whisenhunt.
If he decides Locker is not the answer, the Titans drafted Zach Mettenberger in round four.
Mettenberger has a world of talent, but he dropped to the sixth round due to medical issues.
Look for Mettenberger to possibly get an opportunity at some point this season if Locker struggles.
Regardless of who plays quarterback, they are going to need to keep him up, and the offensive line was an issue for Tennessee last season.
To counter that, the Titans drafted Taylor Lewan from Michigan in the first round.
Also this offseason they released running back Chris Johnson, which left a big hole in there.
To fill this hole, the Titans drafted Bishop Sankey from Washington in round two.
The Titans also needed help along the defensive line, so they drafted Dequan Jones in round four.
Jones is a big body from Penn State who can stop the run.
Titans Move From Houston To Tennessee
The Tennessee Titans were originally founded in 1960 in Houston as the Houston Oilers.
They remained in Houston until 1996 and during their time in Houston they called their buildings home.
First they played in Jeppesen Stadium from 1960-1964. Then they played in Rice Stadium from 1965-1967.
Then they played in the Houston Astrodome from 1968-1996. In 1997 they moved to Tennessee.
They played one season in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
In 1998 they played in Vanderbilt Stadium and in 1999 they moved into LP Field, which is their home to this day.
The Titans currently stand as one of the teams who is trying to figure out who they are and more importantly, who is their quarterback.
If they decide Locker is indeed the answer, the can move forward. If not, it may be a while before the find the answer.