The Tennessee Titans are officially on the clock with the first overall selection in April's NFL Draft and there is a wealth of quality players who could help a team that has needs for players at most every position.
General manager Jon Robinson has said publicly that the Titans are looking for a certain type player and one who will come in and compete and start from day one. That's a must for anyone taken with the first overall selection. Two players in particular, who who both play positions of greatest need for the Titans just happen to be the two best players in the field, One on offense, one on defense.
Laremy Tunsil, the massive offensive tackle from Ole Miss has been projected to be the Titans top choice since the first mock drafts and media reports on this years class began.
Where and why Tunsil fits with the Titans is an easy one, as he is a stellar athlete for an offensive tackle and moves more like a tight end. He is without question the top tackle and the Titans need a right tackle. Drafting Tunsil and inserting at left tackle would allow the Titans to move Taylor Lewan to right tackle and give the Titans two first-round bookend tackles for years to come.
It is a no-brainer move for some and even if it is not your first choice, it is hard to argue with the move should the Titans go that direction.
The biggest question mark surrounding this potential move is in regard to Lewan, who is left handed and has played left tackle since high school. It is a big adjustment to move from left to right, and some people question how easily the former first round pick from Michigan will be able to make the transition. If he struggled then the move would be questioned and force the Titans to make other moves to fix a situation that must be addressed immediately.
The Titans have stated that protecting Marcus Mariota is priority one, and while Tunsil and Lewan together seem like a perfect solution, there is that chance it could fail.
Nashville high school product Jalen Ramsey is a freahish athlete who is so versitile that he can play both corner and safety with equal proficiency.
His combine numbers were off the chart, including a 4.41 time in the 40 yard dash, proving that he can cover the fastest receivers in the league because of that speed, and of course at 6'1" he has the height to take on the tall receivers that have become the norm in todays NFL.
Ramsey was a ball-hawking player who has game changing ability and could step into the Titans secondary at any one of five positions on day one.
With Jason McCourty set to return and Perrish Cox on the other side, Ramsey would not have to step in on day one and be the starter, though he is likely a future lock-down corner. Ramsey could be a great talent as a slot corner, or take one side and allow McCourty of Cox to play the slot.
Of course Ramsey could step in and also start at safety beside Da'Norris Searcy and give the Titans a physical, playmaker on the back end from day one.
As with Tunsil, there are really no negatives to drafting Ramsey. The only negative to Tunsil comes from the questions as to how Lewan would adjust.
So which player should the Titans select?
Both, though that obviously can't happen.
The truth is there is no wrong answer here as both players would likely be starts for the Titans for years to come. They are the two most can't miss prospects in the class and either would be a definite improvement for the team going forward.
Robinson has been careful not to give away the Titans hand in advance of April, and he and head coach Mike Mularkey will likely continue to play close to the vest between now and then. so where can we get an idea of what they are thinking?
Free-agency starts next Tuesday and there could be some indication as to the direction based on players the Titans attempt to, or sign during that time.
If the Titans sign a right tackle, that could signal a move toward Ramsey, and likewise if they sign a safety and corner it could signal a lean toward Tunsil.
Or it could simply mean that they are adding depth and could still go either way.
The only thing we know for sure is that we will know for sure on April 28 when the draft kicks off in Chicago.
Until then, the Tennessee Titans are on the clock.