According to Daniel Jeremiah, the Tennessee Titans could be a team that makes a huge move up the draft boards in the 2023 NFL Draft. Honestly, this is the best move long-term for the team, unless they aren’t super sold on QBs in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Daniel Jeremiah’s quote on this is below:
"“Can I give you the team that I have been told to keep an eye on that’s exploring this and looking into this?” Jeremiah said on his Move the Sticks podcast (h/t Buck Reising of A to Z Sports). “Again, this is just people around the league who said do not sleep on Numero 11. The Tennessee Titans. The two teams to keep an eye on with the trade-ups were the Raiders and the Titans.”"
The Titans went through a bit of a transition period this offseason, firing longtime GM Jon Robinson and hiring Ran Carthon, who spent time in the front office of the San Francisco 49ers. Carthon quickly got to work, releasing veteran players and trying to infuse the roster with talent.
The Titans are in a very weird spot, and I’d argue it’s the worst spot to be in.
You have three buckets of teams in the NFL:
- True contenders (Chiefs, Bengals, Eagles, etc)
- Middle of the road-ers (Steelers, Vikings, Titans, etc)
- True rebuilding teams (Bears, Colts, Texans, etc)
It’s OK to be a rebuilding team, as those organizations generally are building towards something and are clearly in a state where being competitive isn’t quite demanded yet.
Being a contending teams is the tier to be in, but being in that weird middle ground is perhaps the worst spot for teams to me, and I think the Tennessee Titans are in that spot. They have an aging, average QB, an aging running back and no significant offensive threat, but do have a solid defense and great coaching.
I think them potentially trading up to the third overall spot, held by the Arizona Cardinals, is largely a smart move. Ryan Tannehill is not going to go toe to toe with Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow, but perhaps someone like Anthony Richardson is someone who can do that.
A trade up is obviously for a QB, and with CJ Stroud and Bryce Young likely going in the top two, the Titans would surely be targeting Anthony Richardson or Will Levis.