2022 NFL DraftNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Here we are on draft day.

As we await the things to kick off tonight, here are six things I've been thinking about with regard to the Titans and how things might unfold for them.

No QB: They like Ryan Tannehill more than you do. They’ve talked about being great around him. A guy who would be holding a clipboard this season wouldn’t really help them do that, and are any of these guys really going to pan out to be better than him?

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bc johnson zion 3NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Soon, we will have a player attached to No. 26 in the first round, or the Tennessee Titans will have made a deal with the pick.

Come gather and discuss the possibilities and our preferences for this big event. We're going live right now.

Here's one guy (Zion Johnson, pictured) who's a popular pick and I can totally see the Titans taking if he lasts that long.

Who do you want? Who don't you want? Who do you have questions about?

I look forward to discussing it all.

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Scouts' take: How tight end prospects look for the Titans

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans tried to piece together the tight end position last year with a committee of Anthony Firkser, Geoff Swaim and McCole Pruitt. But the collective group wasn’t enough to give the Titans a true threat at the spot.

In the Titans' offense, the tight ends play a crucial role and must be capable run blockers, pass protectors and also receivers who can supplement wide receiver A.J. Brown and running back Derrick Henry.

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Washington tight end Cade Otton/ courtesy Washington athletics

The Titans signed Austin Hooper in free agency, formerly of the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons. Hooper is a dual-role tight end who can upgrade what the team was trying to accomplish with three last year.

Hooper has had success as a short-to-intermediate receiver and is also a capable in-line blocker.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans’ first-round pick Thursday night should be a power-five player with a ton of experience who’s ready to play in the season opener. He should never have had so much as a serious hangnail and pass every version of the “I-love-football-test.” He may be versatile but he should have an unquestionable primary position. He’ll be smart and coachable and an unquestionable alpha.

Did I miss anything?

Rashaan Evans

Perhaps it's a bit of a generalization, but it feels like the Titans' misses or guys who've not reached expectations have failed because of shortcomings in one or more of those areas.

It’s big to roll all that into one player, but hey, as I seek a home run, I’m not just looking for a pick who clears the fence, I’m looking for there not the be a question as the ball comes off the bat.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A lot of people we’ve imagined to be in play for the Titans on Thursday night at No. 26 are going to wind up being gone, I suspect.

It’s unpredictable, for sure, and even the most tied-in draft insiders can be way off.

But it sure seems as if wide receivers and offensive linemen are going to be highly valued, and that could mean the Titans find their two prime positions of need thinned out they go on the clock.

Above all the Titans need a top-three receiver and a lineman who will plugin and start at either left guard or right tackle.

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Scouts' take: Reports on potential Titans' draft targets at receiver

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans have been searching for a wide receiver to complement A.J. Brown for almost as long as they have been searching for a right tackle.

The draft and free agency has not yielded recent success with last year’s fourth-round pick Dez Fitzpatrick, who didn’t make the initial roster and was on the practice squad for most of the 2021 season.

Treylon Burks

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The Titans went all in and traded a 2022 second-round pick for future Hall of Famer Julio Jones. But Jones’ Hall of Fame days are behind him because of the significant number of injuries he has had over his career.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A.J. Brown’s overly dramatic reaction to the reaction to his absence from OTAs in a contract dispute failed to factor in some important factors.

We don’t know what exactly set Brown up for his odd, sensitive Tweets on Monday, after Adam Schefter reported he was not expected to participate in the Titans’ on-field, offseason workouts because he wants a new deal at a time this off-season when WR deals have exploded.

A.J. Brown surrounded by teammates

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Deebo Samuel and Terry McLaurin are in similar circumstances.

Later the same day, Brown came out with these Tweets.

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