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We examine some scenarios for the Titans in regard to their decision between selecting Laremy Tunsil or Jalen Ramsey first overall.

As free agency continues, the Titans still have unresolved issues on the offensive line. Does that mean that Laremy Tunsil will be their pick in the first round of the NFL draft?

Thursday's resigning of Byron Bell by the Tennessee Titans potentially fills multiple holes for the Titans in the offensive line entering the 2016 season, after all it was Bell, who joined the team prior to last season as a free-agent addition from the Carolina Panthers and spent time playing both right tackle, and guard for them last season.

Looking at the current state of the Titans offensive line as it stands today with just over one month till draft day, the Titans still have two positions of need to be addressed along the line, left guard and right tackle.

The general consensus has been that Jeremiah Poutasi and Quinton Spain would get first shot at filling the left guard vacancy. Throw Bell's name into that race now and also possibly either Brian Schwenke or even Andy Gallik.

Bell could also be considered for the right tackle position, one which he played at times last season, thought he was not the long term answer then and would not appear to be now.

So does the unsolved issue of right tackle mean that the Titans are destined to select Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil with the first overall pick come April? He has been the overwhelming choice of most mock drafts since the process began.

The other top candidate whose name has been associated with the Titans at the top has been Florida State cornerback/safety Jalen Ramsey. He also would fill a position desperate need for the Titans.

Could Ramsey overtake Tunsil with the Titans?

It's possible, but might be a gamble.

No, I'm not saying Ramsey is a gamble. In fact, he might be the safest bet of any player in this draft class, but to take him the Titans might be gambling with their offensive line.

Taking Tunsil is a no-brainier in terms of fixing the offensive line. He would step in at left tackle beside one of the aforementioned candidates with Ben Jones at center, Chance Warmack at right guard and Taylor Lewan at right tackle.

The problem of the offensive line would seem to be fixed, if of course one of those left guard candidates steps up to fill that position.

Should the Titans decide to select Ramsey at number one, he would fill a vital hole in the secondary but the issue would still remain with the offensive line.

There are some solid potential offensive tackles in this draft and the Titans could choose to select one of those players in the second round to step into the right tackle spot, leaving Lewan on the left side with the other positions remaining the same.

One such candidate for the left side could be Indiana's Jason Spriggs. He has moved up draft boards after he performance at the Senior Bowl and combine. Spriggs holds some first-round grades by draft pundits and could well be available at the top of the second round where the Titans hold the 33rd pick.

After Spriggs, Texas A&M's Germain Ifedi, Auburn's Shon Coleman, Texas Tech's Le'Raven Clark and LSU's Jerald Clark all hold second round grades, with only Spriggs and possibly Ifedi thought to be.worthy of the 33rd pick.

So if the Titans do indeed decide to select Ramsey, they would have to be convinced that either Spriggs is there, or that Ifedi or one of the others is capable of stepping in from day one and being the answer on the right side.

There is no denying or debating that Tunsil is the top tackle in the class period, with only Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley even considered worthy of being selected in the top 15 among tackles in the first round.

Of course the draft is a fickle and unpredictable exercise when trying to predict what 31 NFL teams will do- remember New England was stripped of their first round pick because of Deflategate- so there could be some unexpected players taken, thus causing someone to unexpectedly fall out of the first round and into the hands of the Titans.

Players such as Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin or Ohio State tackle Taylor Decker could be two such players who might not hear their name called on day one and could land in the hands of the Titans in the second round. Both have first round grades.

But passing on Tunsil and hoping that Conklin, Taylor or Spriggs will remain on the board through the first round is a big gamble, one that could pay off but one that could also leave the Titans with a big hole to fill that there might not be a suitable solution for later in the draft.

Tunsil is the safe play, and Titans general manager Jon Robinson most likely knows that. But is the reward of getting Ramsey into the secondary worth the risk of passing on Tunsil and potentially missing out on their right tackle should things not fall their way on draft day.

That's the call that faces Robinson and head coach Mike Mularkey.

If they take Ramsey and are lucky enough to have Conklin, Decker or Spriggs available at 33 then the Titans would get the best defensive back in the class and a solid day one tackle at the same time, It would be an ideal scenario.

Taking Tunsil is also an ideal scenario to fix the line, and then the Titans could turn their attention to safety of corner in the second round. 

It's a tough choice, but one that Robinson appears more than capable of making. Either way he decides to go will land the Titans a top talent, and that's a win regardless.

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