In my humble opinion, the Tennessee Titans’ biggest need it needs to address this offseason is to find a good edge rusher.
The Tennessee Titans defense looked a lot better for the most part, and similarly to the offense, they could be one or two players away from taking their performance to the next level.
I would like to see the Titans address its front seven and look for another top edge rusher. Whether it’s through the draft or free agency, there are a few really good players that could change the way the Titans’ defense is perceived.
In the draft, we all know that wherever Chase Young goes, he will be a franchise-changing player and a big factor in that team’s defense for the next four or five years.
Unfortunately, the Titans probably don’t have the assets, or at least they’re not willing to part with those assets to get Young, so instead, they’re going to have to look elsewhere for their future edge rusher.
Well, that leaves a few reasonable options for the Titans in the draft when it comes to players that can have an immediate impact on the defense.
Looking at some of the top-tier edge rushers in this year’s draft, that leaves the Titans in a spot where they could consider some top SEC defensive players.
The Titans are currently sitting with the 29th draft pick in the First Round, so the top two edge rushers that will likely be available at that spot will be LSU’s K’Lavon Chaisson and Alabama’s Terrell Lewis. After that, the talent starts to take a dip.
So Chaisson and Lewis will definitely be on the Titans’ eyes, but after that, unless they find a diamond in the rough, there might not be another player that can have a high, immediate impact on the Titans’ defense.
That leaves the Titans to look for a potential playmaker edge rusher in free agency. Now the Titans will have to decide how important a good edge rusher is for its chance to get to the Super Bowl next season.
If the Titans want to go all out and shell out the money, then I would like to see the Titans sign Yannick Ngakoue. Now, I don’t know if he is worth the price he will go for, but if the Titans can get him out of Jacksonville and into Nashville, then I think that would be a huge win.
If the Titans have the money to spend, then I guess go for it, but they likely won’t, so they’ll have to look at a “second-tier” or “third-tier” edge rusher.
Robert Quinn will likely be considerably cheaper than the top tier edge rushers and can serve the same role, if not a better role than the edge rushers with a high price tag. Quinn is a bit older at 29-years-old but also had 11.5 sacks in 2019.
Another cheaper player that I think the Titans could use that’s a bit cheaper is the Falcons’, Vic Beasley. In 2019, he had eight sacks, two forced fumbles, and eight tackles for loss.
Beasley will likely be the best bang for your buck, if not Quinn. As you can see, the Titans have quite a few options, so if they make the right decision, we could see an elite edge rusher in Nashville for the 2020 season.
The Titans’ front seven is already pretty good, but they could use one playmaker that could change everything with how the Titans are seen in 2020 but, more importantly, how well they play in 2020.
I think with another good to great pass rusher on the Titans front seven; the Titans defense could take the next step to be a dominant defense in the NFL.