NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The gap between what A.J. Brown wanted to be paid and what the Titans were willing to give him was just too big and so the Titans didn’t let things play out any further.VrabelRobinsonDraft2022

They dealt him to the Eagles for the 18th and the 101st picks in the draft. He got his monster contract from Philadelphia. The Titans moved ahead with Treylon Burks out of Arkansas at 18, and traded 101 when they dumped out of No. 26, their original first-round pick.

Jon Robinson managed to be relatively upbeat and spin things forward as he and Mike Vrabel discussed the first night of the draft.

Vrabel looked and acted miserably. He’s an alpha who does not have personnel power, and had to hitch on to Robinson’s decision but needs to do a better job selling that he’s on board if he wants us to believe it.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It took the Tennessee Titans forever to find a premier receiver in the draft.

There were a ton of poor and mediocre selections between Derrick Mason in 1997 and A.J. Brown in 2019. The team built a reputation for its failure to discover talent at the position. 

Treylon Burks

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In 43 games, he caught 185 passes for 2,995 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Faced with a disgruntled Brown, who wanted a payday after three seasons, the Titans dealt him to Philadelphia, who gave him a four-year, $100 million with $57 million guaranteed, per Ian Rapoport.

We'll need to see contract details to know the real total value, but the $57 guaranteed is obviously very good.

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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.

You can join in through the private Facebook page or below.

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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?

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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.

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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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