Sorting Through the Titans Options – and Questions –  on the Offensive Line as the NFL Draft Approaches


NASHVILLE – When Titans head coach Mike Vrabel discussed offseason acquisition Jamarco Jones last week at the NFL owners meetings, at least some interpreted his comments in the most literal sense.

"(In 2021) he played left guard against the Saints," Vrabel said of the veteran offensive lineman, "and we're hoping he can start there and compete at left guard."

A day later, Vrabel clarified his comments even further.

"What I meant was he'd start out playing left guard," Vrabel said of Jones, who has started games at LT (1), LG (1), RG (3), and RT (2) in his NFL career. "We haven't anointed any starters (in March). I meant with him being a versatile player, you have to start him somewhere, and the plan is for him to start in the competition at left guard."

A month into free agency, and three weeks before the NFL Draft, the Titans have undergone plenty of changes on the offensive line since the end of the 2021 season.

And plenty of questions still remain.

Rodger Saffold, the team's starting left guard the past three seasons, was released last month. He's since signed with the Bills. David Quessenberry, the team's starter at right tackle in 2021, hasn't been re-signed and he remains a free agent.

Meanwhile, the team signed Jones, formerly with the Seahawks, while also agreeing to a contract extension with center Ben Jones.

As of today, the Titans offensive line is scheduled to return three starters from a year ago – Taylor Lewan (LT), Ben Jones (C) and Nate Davis (RG). Meanwhile, two spots – LG and RT – are wide open, with returners expected to compete, along with newcomers.

Exactly who else might be in the mix, however, remains to be seen.

Remember, it's still April.

"Dillon (Radunz) has played right tackle, and he's played guard," Titans GM Jon Robinson said. "Jamarco, he's played tackle, he's played guard. Corey Levin has played guard and center. (Aaron) Brewer has played guard and he's played center. (Daniel) Munyer has played guard and center. Those guys are going to compete and they're going to battle and at the end of the day we'll try and get our best guys out there. It's up to those guys to have a good offseason and when OTAs start, lay a foundation. There will be some different faces out there, and we'll see how it goes.

"But I'm expecting all of those guys to come in and compete and try and earn a spot on the football team and however it shakes out with the five, whether it's one of those guys, somebody in the draft, somebody that was signed before the draft, somebody we trade for … we'll see. When I first got here (in 2016), Dennis Kelly wasn't on our football team until August, and he ended up being on our team. So, we'll see how everything goes."

In addition to the players previously mentioned, the Titans also have Derwin Gray and Jordan Roos on the roster, both projected to be in the mix on the offensive line. Christian DeLauro is also on the roster, and he's expected to compete strictly at tackle.

The NFL Draft will provide more options, and possibilities.

"Dillon is going to have an opportunity to compete at (right tackle)," Vrabel said of Radunz, the team's second-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft who played in 12 game last year, with one start. "But we all have to earn everything, and we'll have competition there, too, whoever that ends up being, and that's what has been talked about with Dillon.

"So, we'll see what happens in the competition."

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