ESPN Draft Analyst: Titans Aren't Done Dealing


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay applauded last week's big trade.

But he doesn't think the Titans are finished making noise.

"I think they are taking advantage of a good opportunity for them, but I don't think the work is done,'' McShay said on a conference call on Tuesday. "I don't think they are done dealing."

Last week, the Titans traded the No.1 pick of the draft to the Los Angeles Rams for the 15th overall pick in this year's draft, two second-round picks (43 and 45), and a third-rounder (76) in 2016. The Titans will also receive the Rams' first-round pick in 2017, along with their third-round pick in next year's draft.

In addition to Tennessee's No.1 pick this year, the Rams will also receive a fourth-round pick (113) and sixth-round pick (177) in 2016.

McShay believes the Titans should now focus on the offensive line, to help protect quarterback Marcus Mariota.

He referenced the Rams-Redskins trade of 2012 when discussing the Titans. McShay said the St. Louis Rams built one of the better defenses in the NFL after giving up the No. 2 overall pick in exchange for the No. 6 overall pick and a second-round pick in 2012, plus a first-round pick in 2013 and 2014.

"But they ignored the offensive line and it was not good enough to keep what they thought at the time was their long-term future and answer at the quarterback position in Sam Bradford,'' McShay said of the Rams. "So after winning rookie of the year (Bradford) gets injured and just was not the same player and it doesn't work out and now they are in a situation where they have to package picks and move up (to trade) with Tennessee.

"In a similar situation with a young quarterback that has had durability issues, and (the Titans) were not able to protect him very well as a rookie, and you know offensive line is an area of need, now that has to become the priority. So I love what they were able to do. I think if you study the history of it, the odds are absolutely in favor of the team that moves back and gets back extra picks."

McShay mentioned three offensive tackles as potential targets for the Titans – Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss), Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame), and Jack Conklin (Michigan State).

But McShay believes the Titans would likely have to move back up in the draft order to make it happen.

As a result of the trade, the Titans now have six picks in the top 76 in this year's draft – 15, 33, 43, 45, 64 and 76. The Titans already held picks 33 and 64.

"(The Titans) have to execute these picks and find good players where they are and there is no reason to believe that they won't,'' McShay said. "But I also don't think they're done dealing. To me, I think it would be a very wise decision if you can get a deal, maybe trade the 43rd, 45th pick (in the second round), one of those picks, and even if there has to be a 6th or 7th rounder to go with it to move back up to a spot where you can go get a Ronnie Stanley from Notre Dame, a Tunsil if he starts to drop to 5 in that range, or even a Conklin out of Michigan State.

"I just think it would be the right thing for them to do, if they can find a dance partner, too. If Tennessee gets a chance, I think they should move up and take advantage and go get one of those offensive tackles and still have a bunch of extra picks this year and next year to fill all their voids."


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