NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Below is my updated take on the Titans’ depth chart.

While the spacing may not make clear where the team can still use depth, the names do.

I can't pretend to know the quality of some of the bottom-tier free agents the team has filled things out with. And they may not even have a great sense of where many of the college free agents they've added, per reports from around the country, stand in relation to each other and other depth pieces at this point.

Just because they have seven names at tight end hardly means they have three 53-man roster caliber players at the position.

The offensive tackle depth is good, but the interior line depth is suspect just as it is on the defensive line.

Some of these reserve offensive tackles have to be guard-capable. Mike Vrabel has talked about Ty Sambrailo being able to shift inside.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans didn’t do a great deal to help their offense for 2021 in the draft.

Significant contributions are rare for rookies drafted in the fourth round or later. Maybe fourth-round receiver Dez Fitzpatrick or inexperienced LSU sixth-rounder Racey McMath surprise.

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Dillon Radunz, courtesy North Dakota State

But with the two major periods of player acquisition over, it’s clear while the Titans may slide some on offense they should be a lot better on defense, where we can expect six new starters.

And if they score 40 less often, well that would be fine if they chop down that average of 27 points allowed per game.

The themes I see in the eight-man class:

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – At long last, the Titans could qualify as three-deep at edge rusher.

Everything comes with the “if they are healthy caveat,” but fourth-rounder Rashad Weaver from Pitt certainly projects as someone who they can get ready to take some snaps from Bud Dupree and Harold Landry.

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Weaver, who recorded had 17 sacks and 34.5 tackles for losses in 35 games, said he feels like the steal in the draft and is going to help defend the run and the pass. His coaches at Pitt preached how run defense leads to good things.

“If you don’t stop the run, you’re not going to get sacks, you’re not going to get to do the fun stuff, the stuff that gets you drafted, the stuff that gets you paid,” he said. “Once you stop the run, teams have to pass. That was our mindset as a D-line.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans made a move at the start of Day 3, vaulting up for a receiver who’s got two things they like in the position: College production and versatility.

Dez Fitzpatrick of Louisville will bring Tennessee size (nearly 6-2, 208) and good speed (4.47). While he lined up outside in his last two seasons for the Cardinals, he played in the slot some earlier in his career and again at the Senior Bowl.louisville fitzpatrick desmond 1

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“They just told me they had to trade up for me when they saw that I was still on the board and how they feel that I fit into what they are trying to do in Nashville,” he said. “...They just said that they were really impressed that I play inside-outside at my size.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A second cornerback in the first three rounds for the Titans was a good value find, and Elijah Molden rounds out a completely revamped cornerback group.

“That was one we checked off pretty quickly and said, ‘We're all set with this guy,” Mike Vrabel said. “We asked him about school and he gave such a genuine answer. He said, ‘I don't really love school but I love to learn.’ That really, I think, sunk in.

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“He was just intelligent. Talked ball. He knew about our football team. He had prepared for the interview by watching our football team. He spoke highly of how we played and the effort and finish which we play with. …This is going to be a fun guy to coach.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Monty Rice, meet Rashaan Evans.

Evans, the 23rd pick in the 2018 draft, seems to be nearing the end of his Tennessee tenure. The team should decline his fifth-year option of $9.735 million by the May 3 deadline, which would mean he’d be entering the final year of his rookie deal this fall.georgia rice monty 3

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He’s not multi-dimensional and barring an unexpected, dramatic turnaround, the Titans need to find a cheaper replacement who offers more than great goal-line and short-yardage play.

Still, Mike Vrabel said Friday night he’s extremely confident and comfortable with Evans, who’s excited about modifications the Titans are making to his inside linebacker spot.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Dillon Radunz may be a terrific offensive lineman for the Titans.

It won’t change the fact that his selection as the 53rd pick in the draft is the result of Jon Robinson chasing like a struggling blackjack player, trying to make up for an awful hand. 


If the Titans hadn’t wasted the 29th pick in last year’s draft on Isaiah Wilson, who busted his way out of the NFL in remarkable time, Tennessee wouldn’t have been thinking about the position at all. [Unlocked]

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The biggest, most important sign-offs on Caleb Farley didn’t come from Jon Robinson and his scouting staff or Mike Vrabel and his coaches.

They came from the four orthopedists among the six physicians on the Titans’ medical staff: Thomas Byrd, Daniel Lamar, Damian Petty and John Zvijac.

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My understanding is that teams were only able to send one doctor to Indianapolis for the medical checks that occurred for roughly 150 prospects on the first weekend of April – Jon Robinson wasn’t certain of that Thursday night or didn’t want to share.

But the Titans had earmarked Farley because of their interest in him, and thus got to examine him for themselves rather than be left reliant on a pooled medical report.

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