NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee’s high-ranking rookies have regularly missed big chunks of training camp, a trend that has really hurt the team in terms of getting solid first-year contributions.

The Titans need that to stop this summer as their current depth chart has holes in spots that must be filled by players they will draft.

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We don’t know how much or how little those guys will be around during the offseason yet, but even if it’s a lot, it’s the training camp-work and preseason snaps that really accelerate a young guy's learning curve.

Here, I outlined just how regularly and how much Titans’ recent first-rounders and high picks have missed.

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VrabelPKNASHVILLE, Tenn. – After an ugly defensive year from the Titans, outsiders would expect change.

It’s come in the form of nine players out and six players in so far, as well as the addition of Jim Schwartz as a senior defensive assistant.

In a broadcast chat with members here, Mike Vrabel told us how much, or how little, will come in the form of the actual defense changing.

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PKVrabelYouTubeNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Members here got in a lot of good questions with Mike Vrabel Thursday evening, and so did I if I may say.

We covered Jim Schwartz' presence on the staff, Shane Bowen's top coaching qualities, the lack of starting position competition in Titans' recent training camps, Vrabel's vaccination status, his advice to Eddie George on the TSU job, rookie injuries, no individual workouts for draft prospects, opt-outs, Derrick Henry's crazy pushups, his BS detector and his 2021 expectations, among many other topics.

It's easy to see him a bit differently when he's not in press conference mode, and I really appreciate him spending the time with us.

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Scout's Take: Titans' draft prospects at tight end and positions of lesser need

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special contributor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The current top draft needs for the Tennessee Titans are wide receiver, cornerback, edge pass rusher and tight end.

If those positions are not available at pick No. 22, then the need should not be forced.

Best Player Available will be hard to pass up.

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ILB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, photo courtesy of Notre Dame athletics

The Titans restructured a big portion of their team this offseason working to address the significant hole at pass rush. They also released players and let others leave in free agency because of salary-cap trouble.

With the free-agent departures and signings the depth chart has taken a different look.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – We have no idea what kind of college head coach Eddie George will be.

We know full well he’s a determined guy who’s taken on a variety of career interests and projects and done well, from a wealth management business to acting on Broadway.

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Now he will apply that focus to overseeing the football program at Tennessee State, drawing attention to the Ohio Valley Conference school that it’s not had since its glory years under John Merritt that included seven HBCU national championships spanning from 1965 to 1982. [Unlocked.]

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TevenJenkinsNASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans' needs list is long as the draft approaches, topped by receiver, cornerback, edge rusher and tight end.

Some analysts, depending on just how deep they go, are including right tackle on there.

And on NFL Network Charley Casserly recently paired the Titans with a prospect at the position: Oklahoma State’s Teven Jenkins. (Photo courtesy Oklahoma State athletics.)

“For the Titans, it’s a no-brainer,” Casserly said, per the transcription of Shaun Calderon. “This guy is going to be better than Jack Conklin who they selected in the top-10.” Casserly also has the Colts liking Jenkins.

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RashodBatemanNASHVILLE, Tenn. – Because the defense was so bad we’ve spent a lot of time talking about that side of the ball.

But with the loss of Arthur Smith, Corey Davis, Jonnu Smith and Adam Humphries, there is a lot of work to be done on the Titans’ offense.

Todd Downing’s got a huge challenge in trying to sustain the high level of play that has been the keystone of the team for the last two years.

Josh Reynolds is now in the receiver mix, and when he spoke to the media he pegged himself as a Davis replacement.

I’m not sure he can be that, and talked to some around the league about his potential back when he signed.

After we knew Humphries was a money and injury cut and Davis was gone as a free agent, my wish list for the Titans included a Davis-like replacement with more speed but more significantly a receiver with more juice and a more expansive route tree.

While Smith, Rob Moore and Ryan Tannehill did great work highlighting what Davis did best – often getting him the ball on the move with crossers and slants – it would be ideal if the next guy could do more.

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