This is the time of year when sports media and fans run rampant with speculation as to who, and why their favorite NFL team should sign free-agent X or draft rookie Y to add to their rosters. It's the thing to do while we endure weekends without football and wait for the combine, free agency and draft to fill in the blanks
To that end, and starting on Monday we began with two stories where we added three free-agents to the Titans offense and defense to improve the roster. Now we look at those moves in conjunction with other potential moves and draft picks that I would make if I were Jon Robinson.
Offensively we added two offensive linemen and a wide receiver on offense as our three free-agents additions.
Mitchell and Geoff Schwartz, brother who play right tackle and gurad, tackle and center respectively and would be nice peices to the puzzle the Titans have on the offensive line.
Mitchell Schwartz is the perceived top right tackle in free-agency and he would solidify a definite position of need at that spot.
His brother Geoff is a versatile lineman who has played all across the offensive line, but has never stood out at any one spot partly because he has moved around so much that he has never settled into a regular role on an offensive line. He might not be the answer at either center or guard for the Titans, but because of his versatility he would be a nice player to provide depth at multiple positions.
The Titans also need help at wide receiver and could look to add in the draft, but we like a veteran presence with a winning pedigree in the NFL. To that end we added Jermain Kearse from Seattle who will come at a nice price for a receiver heading into his second contract. Kearse improved his numbers each year of his career in Seatle and while he is not a true number one wide out, he is a solid player who could add improving talent and a winning background to a team looking to learn how to win.
On defense our additions were to each level of the team, as we added Damon Harrison, a massive young nose tackle from the New York Jets to replace, or split time with Sammie Lee Hill or Al Woods, each of who are free-agents and could leave the Titans. Angelo Blackson is a talented, young player who could split time with Harrison in the middle between Jurrell Casey and DaQuan Jones to give the Titans a very strong front line,
Linebacker is also an area of improvement needed by the Titans, and in particular inside where Avery Williamson is set as a solid starter, but needs an upgrade along side.
Danny Trevathan comes from the SUper Bowl champion Denver Broncos and is a young, three down player who would fit nicely into a Dick LeBeau defense beside Williamson and with Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan on the outside to form a soild linebacker corps.
The Titans have some young depth on the outside and a veteran in Wesley Woodyard inside and would be able to draft an inside linebacker for depth with that group.
In the secondary, we like Tashaun Gipson, the safety from Cleveland who was a rising star before injuries sidetracked him last season and hurt his value. He would liekly come at a very nice price and reportedly has interest in the Titans.
As for the draft, we have done two mocks for the Titans, both naming Laremy Tunsil as the top choice for the Titans in the first round.
With the addition of the Schwartz brothers and having Jeremiah Poutasi as a potential left guard, the Titans would not have the necessity to select Tunsil in the first round.
Jalen Ramsy would be our selection after trading down in the first round and securing other selections, or another offensive lineman in the deal.
Ramsey would bring versatility in his ability to play either corner or safety and is an athletic talent with true playmaking potential. We like him as a corner who we feel could soon ascend to the top of all corners in the league. He would not have to step into a starting role immediately and could play as a slot corner or outside and allow mcCourty or Cox to cover the slot early on.
Ramsey would also be a future replacement for McCourty who is closer to the end of his career than the beginning.
The speculation could become very broad from here if we attempted to project possible picks that could come from a trade down scenario, or potential trade additions for the Titans for the Titans. Rather than than get to wide ranging in this endeavor, and in an attempt to keep this article shorter than War and Peace, we are going to add positions that we would add with the remaining draft picks after Ramsey at number one overall.
Here are those position picks by round that we would add to complete the draft and the roster.
Second Round- Wide Receiver: We took Braxton Miller in our last mock and still love what he brings to the table athletically. He would be our guy at the top of the second round if availalbe.
Third Round- Safety: We took Duke safety Jeremy Cash in our last mock draft, and we still like that pick here to add with Gipson, Searcy, Daimion Stafford and Marqueston Huff, who can also play corner to complete our secondary heading into 2016. Cash is a tough, physical player who is also smart and would be a solid addition.
Fourth Round- Running Back: We stick with our mock here and take a running back in Kenyon Drake, from Alabama who is a speedster with good size and value on special teams, particularly as a potential kick returner who has game changin speed both on returns or running, or receiving out of the backfield He also spent time in the slot on occasion at Alabama and could do so for the Mike Mularkey who said his offense would feature a variety of formations. Drake would add that element.
Fifth Round- Outside Linebacker: The Titans have some young players who they like on the current roster, but you can never have enough speed and pass rushers and with that we stick with our last mock and take Oklahoma rusher Eric Striker. undersized but with a big attitude, Stricker is a speed demon off the the edge and could add some things in coverage because of the speed. However, he could also be a liability because of his heigh in coverage. Still, his speed will add another element for LeBeau to play with and versatility is never a bad thing.
Sixth Round- Cornerback is a position where you can never have enough talent, and Will Redmond was our mock pick here, and still is. He has good size (6'0" 185) and speed. His play improved in his senior season and he played against top competition, Redmond is not ready to be an NFL starter, but would be solid depth and with Ramsey ahead of him, could use a year to grow and evelope into a future starter without the pressure to play immediately.
Sixth Round Pick Two- Guard: Joe Dahl from Washington State made some noise at the Senior Bowl and could continue to climb out of this round at the combine, but for now he is here and available and would be a nice addition to the interior of the Titans line and provide a safety net should Poutasi struggle. You win in the lines and having depth is not a quality depth is not a bad thing.
Seventh Round- Defensive line: You win on the lines and the Titans need more depth behind the first group so adding Lawrence Thomas from Michigan State here makes sense, Thomas is long (6'4" 281) started two seasons on the defensive line for the Spartans (2014-15). He played in 47 career games and closed his career with 27 consecutive starts in a Power 5 conference and a final four playoff team in 2015. Thomas is an athletice player who some believe should play inside while others thing he is better on the outside. That versatility is a selling point and Thomas showed positively at the Senior Bowl and would be a nice situational player for depth along with Karl Klug on the defensive line,
There you have it, out TRZ general manager moves if I were in charge of the Titans roster in 2016.