NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Two nights before the Titans make or trade out of a pick at No. 22, former team scout Blake Beddingfield, who served six years as director of college scouting, joined us for a members' chat to discuss how things might unfold and to answer your questions.BlakeYouTube2

Early I posted his first-round mock draft, and we delved into his pick for Tennessee.

You can watch the discussion below.

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By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- No trades, just a straight mock draft to improve teams for the present and future.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson.

  • A Franchise QB for a team is in need of one.
  • Best QB to come out since Andrew Luck.
  • Because of his advanced game, the rebuild will be quicker than normal.

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Courtesy Clemson athletics

2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU.

  • Big gamble on a talented player but one year producer.
  • Does the team have enough talent around him?
  • New coaching staff starts fresh.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When a draft prospect has a big medical question, NFL teams rely on the opinions and advice of their medical people.

But with no scouting combine, those medical checks and the rechecks have not operated as usual.

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Courtesy Virginia Tech athletics

Around 150 college players went to Indianapolis the weekend of April 3-4 to meet with NFL teams, per NFL Network.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Eleven PSL holders are suing the Titans, alleging that by labeling them as “ticket resellers” the team violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act and breached the ticket contract, entitling them to punitive and compensatory damages in amounts that are not spelled out.

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“[T]he Titans represented that PSLs had certain characteristics that they did not have,” the suit filed in the chancery court of Tennessee for the 20th judicial district at Nashville reads. “Namely, the right to purchase season tickets at a fair and reasonable rate comparable to similarly situated seats, that the PSL owners had the right to transfer their PSLs and the rights contained within their PSL agreements, and that the PSL owners would be treated fairly and reasonably by the Titans and similarly to other PSL owners.”

The Titans said they cannot comment on active litigation. [Unlocked]

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How things could unfold in the draft for the Titans through the eyes of a former scout

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special contributor

NASHVILLE Tenn. -- The Titans go into the 2021 NFL draft with major need positions that currently lack starting-caliber players. In the upcoming draft, they also have to factor in positions that will be needs in 2022.

The major needs: Starting CB, starting WR, eventual starter at TE, OLB, K.

Depth and future starting spot needs: ILB, DT, CB, S, G, C, T, backup QB.

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Rondale Moore courtesy Purdue athletics

The Titans need to come out of the draft with two starters and a third player who needs to make a significant impact early in his rookie season.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Count the Titans among the growing list of teams that don’t intend to show up in large numbers in-person for organized team activities during the offseason.

The impetus around the league has been that players don't believe the COVID-19 risks in-person create enough of a benefit for a winning trade-off compared to working on their own in combination with virtual meetings.TitansPAstatement

The missed phases two and phase three can be a setback for young players but showed themselves to be largely unnecessary for quality of overall play when missed last year, along with preseason games, in 2020.

Phase two runs from May 17-21 and includes on-field drills with coaches with no contact and things moving at a teaching pace.

Phases three includes 10 days of OTA practices that go at full speed but include no contact. [Unlocked.]

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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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Kristian Fulton, pool photo by Mark Humphrey AP

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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