Tennessee will begin the 2023 season with their top four draft picks slated to be starters. Three being on defense. First, there's OLB T.J. Watt. The Titans are putting a lot of faith in this kid. They drafted him with the ninth overall pick and, as with many of GM Nissens early picks, they plan on him being a force on their defense for the next decade.
Next, Tennessee drafted SS Xavier Jackson III with their 30th overall pick. With Bacarri Rambo heading to the retirement home soon, the Titans wanted to upgrade that position. Last year they drafted Malik Hooker but Jackson is far more game ready and is penciled in as the starter at this position as of now.
LE Mason Henderson was drafted with the 10th pick in round two. The Titans love this kids quickness and size and are hoping he can give the defense some sorely needed pressure on opposing QB's. Something this team has been struggling to find since Aldon Smith was here.
Tennessee's next pick didn't happen until the end of round four where they drafted FB Gabir Deschamps. Not gonna lie, this kid is RAW! Best thing about him is his speed. After that, he needs work. But it is planned for him to start. The preseason will be the deciding factor for this kid.
In other news the Titans signed four veterans for no other reason than to come in and mentor some of these guys. OLB K.J. Wright and MLB Mohammed will both return to the team to mentor Watt and Tremblay. SS Steve Griffin will come in and mentor both Jackson and Hooker and DE Cliff Matthews is also joining the squad to mentor Henderson. Young-Porter will also benefit as he struggles to keep a spot on this roster.
Some other new faces are CB Kai Lee (FA), ROLB Byron Pharr (Trade), LT Elon Rafferty (FA), RG Xerxes Garner (FA), RG Shannon Crockett (MatchFA) and HB Tevin Coleman (FA). Crockett will be our starting LG and Coleman looks to take over in the next season or two as Rogers is heading into his final seasons. The others we believe are better than backup backups.
In other news, GM Nissens son has worked his was into the Big Leagues and takes on his first GMing job in Atlanta. Nissen was overheard saying "I finally get to whoop that kids ass without CPS getting involved!" All kidding aside I would like to wish Daulton much success and hopes he finds the league as enjoyable as I do.