Scout's take: Titans QB draft possibilities

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans are in a position to potentially draft a quarterback in the first round of the 2022 draft. If the right player is there and has the value of a potential franchise QB this would be a good year to make this move.

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The team needs a future replacement for Ryan Tannehill, who struggled in the playoffs two years in a row and who will be 34 years old before the 2022 season.

A franchise quarterback is a player who makes other offensive players around him better and can carry a team to wins and offensive success without all-star caliber players at critical positions.

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RadunzCMHNASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans have a need on the offensive line again, and that wouldn’t be so bad if it was as simple as spending a draft pick on a replacement for Rodger Saffold in a move to get cheaper, younger and healthier.

The team cut Saffold on March 10 and saved $10.4 million dollars. Still a high-level run-blocker, his shoulder issues were a growing problem. He quickly signed with Buffalo. 

Of course, the issue with filling the Saffold hole is Dillon Radunz.

At least publicly, Tennessee still doesn’t know what Radunz is.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans, once again, need a receiver in the draft.

And, once again, it’d be great if he was a receiver with great speed who could take the top off a defense.

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But we are certainly at a point where Jon Robinson’s draft history, and his draft history with Mike Vrabel as the team’s coach, give us clues about what the Titans will and will not do unless they undergo a change in philosophy or come face to face with a player who they feel is so different he forces them to.

Here is one thing I don’t think the Titans will do based on their recent history:

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HortonNASHVILLE, Tenn. – Former Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton has joined Brian Flores’ suit against the NFL claiming racism in hiring practices.

Horton joined the Titans in 2014 as defensive coordinator under Ken Whisenhunt and remained the play-caller in 2015 even as his mentor, Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau, joined the staff.

But when Mike Mularkey took over in 2016 he wanted LeBeau to call the defense and Horton asked out to take a job in Cleveland. [Unlocked]

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans who are willing will report for phase one of the team’s offseason program on April 18.

But the die may have already been cast by then as to whether the team will deal again with the sort of soft tissue injuries that were too big of an issue in 2021.

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Julio Jones is gone, and his hamstring was top of list. But at least 14 other Titans dealt with soft tissue injuries during the season.

Such injuries were up around the league and a point of emphasis and study and research.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Financing still has to be sorted out and the Titans and the city have to come to an agreement, but it’s likely the Titans will be playing in a new stadium by late this decade. 

I’ve been thinking about the features that are most important in a new venue and talking with some of you about them.

Some of these may qualify as no-brainers, but let’s put them all out in one place.The location for a new Tennessee Titans stadium.

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See-through concourses: These are very popular at modern baseball parks but I imagine they are the default at all new venues now. Concessions stands and bathrooms and souvenir stands and whatever else need to ring the outside of the concourses, not the inside.

If you’re up from your seat to get something or use the restroom, you should still be able to see the action to some degree.

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NFLannualLogoNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Happy weekend. 

Villanova is going to upset Kansas. I just believe in Jay Wright, even down a top player. That's my upset pick.

I will be watching 12U baseball in Southhaven, Miss. while that game unfolds, but will be fully available for UNC-Duke where I find myself in the completely odd and uncomfortable position of rooting for Coach K.

College basketball is doing weird things to me.

I hope you have a great time watching the Final Four.

But here is our weekly mailbag to give you your Titans' fix too. 

Scott Trevathan You may have answered this before, but if so, I missed it. Do the Titan players see Ryan Tannehill as a leader and does he prepare and work really hard? Thank you.

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Titans need to get back to immediate impact rookies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jon Robinson’s 2019 draft class stepped in and stepped up.

But in the two years since, minor contributions from draft picks in their first years have become the norm for the Titans. Newcomers have been slow-played, with no outward sense of urgency, even in spots where the Titans clearly needed help right away.Dillon Radunz

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Now the Titans need support at receiver, on the offensive line and at tight end. And some immediate impact sure would be nice.

Will they find players in the draft who can help them on opening day and during this season, like with that 2019 class? Or will they wind up willing to see their picks develop as long-term pieces as has been much more the case the last two seasons?

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