NASHVILLE – We're now less than two weeks before the NFL Draft.
There's going to be plenty to talk about leading up to the big weekend, and we'll continue to discuss it all in here.
This weekend's Titans mailbag starts now.
Here's the link to submit questions: CLICK HERE
Ronald Bunting from Watertown, Tennessee
Question: Hi Mr. Wyatt! I see there is a get together for the draft at 6th and Peabody. Do you know which Alumni will be there? Thinking about bringing my son up there after school that day. Thank you sir
Jim: Hey Ronald. You're referring to the Titans Draft Night event on Thursday, April 27, which starts at 6 p.m., and the venue stays open until 11 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. And, yes, former Titans lineman Brad Hopkins is scheduled to be there, along with T-Rac and the Titans cheerleaders, the Titans Radio crew, including Mike Keith, Coach Dave McGinnis, and Rhett Bryan, and Ramon Foster of 104.5-FM.. I'm told a few current players are scheduled to be there as well, but I need to make sure they're confirmed before throwing their names out there. (Hint: One is a budding star). There will be giveaways, contests and more.
Evan Tatum from Portland, Tennessee
Question: Hey Jim. The NFL Draft is already around the corner, and I feel like we don't really have a clear idea of what the Titans will do once draft night comes.
There has been rumors of the Titans potentially trading up for a quarterback, they've been linked to sticking at 11 and just taking a receiver or offensive lineman, and I wouldn't rule out the possibility of a trade back from 11 if the player they're looking at isn't there at 11. They also lack a 4th round pick from the Julio Jones trade, just to add to my point of possibly trading back.
My honest opinion two weeks ahead of the draft is I think we should just trade back and maybe take someone like Darnell Wright from Tennessee while getting more draft capital in the process, since the offensive line has glaring needs and there's always the possibility of moving either NPF to guard to solve the RG issue. There are plenty of receivers down the board I like quite a bit.
I want to know what you think the Titans will do once it's their pick. If you don't have any specific names/targets that's fine, but how do you think Ran Carthon will approach it?
Thank you and have a great rest of your week Jim, I always look forward to seeing the mailbag for each week!
Jim: Hi Evan. The reality is not even GM Ran Carthon knows what's going to happen on draft night. When you're not picking 1st, you're at the mercy of a lot of teams ahead of you in the draft order. I'm sure a lot of scenarios are in play, and that's the case for a lot of teams at picks 1-10, ahead of the Titans at 11.
Jamie Holladay from Guyton, Georgia
Question: Hi Jim. I just wanted to add a congratulations to Jeffrey Simmons and his family along with the Titans willingness to commit to a job well done. It never gets old witnessing a blessed cycle of rag to rich revenue stream that often gets overshadowed just how important to community and state economics like this are. In keeping with the team and individual tough love theme, great leaps of faith come with greater expectations! I'll do my part to hold a high standard so Jeff can be the greatest player he wants to be. No free shout-outs ! Titan up!
Jim: Getting Simmons under contract was a huge development for sure. And, that sounded like a free shout-out, Jamie.
Justin Tibbs from Dyersburg, Tennessee
Question: Hey there Jim. First I wanna say I never did or will ever think for one second that our Titans was actually shopping King Henry, Yes listening to offers maybe of course i mean its only smart to keep ears open. Secondly thank God Big Jeff got his new deal. Ran kept his word about Simmons being a huge priority so I have trust in him already as a GM. My question though is based around our new stadium in your opinion do you see it really having doors open by the start of 2026 season?
Jim: An important Metro Council meeting regarding the stadium is actually scheduled for Tuesday night. If things progress in a positive manner, the new stadium would be open for the 2027 season.
Jason Knight from Cleveland, Tennessee
Question: Hey Jim. Hope all is well. I think the Titans could stay where they are in the draft and get Hendon Hooker, they could possibly fall back pick up more draft picks and still get him. I think he could be just as good or better than any of the other top quarterbacks. I think he is way above the guy from Florida.
Jim: I like Hendon myself, Jason. In college, he outperformed both Anthony Richardson and Will Levis. But it's all about projecting what's going to happen from here. I don't know the final QB rankings from the team's scouting department, and GM Ran Carthon. We'll get some answers in a few weeks on whether they like one of the QBs enough to pick them, or not.
Douglas Vaughn from Memphis, Tennessee
Question: Hey Jim! I have been thinking about some different draft scenarios and I am starting to like one that only a few have suggested. How about Bijon Robinson in the 1st? After taking a closer look at him I am totally on board with a 'top 3' player at 11 - or even better at 15 or 16. But he is really good as a pass catcher and can even run vertical routes kind of like Marshall Faulk used to (although I don't think any running back could go deep the way he did). On pass routes linebackers are no match, and even a corner/safety would be have a herd time getting in proper position as e comes from the backfield. He could be a real asset to the passing game. The two top receivers have some question marks, so maybe get a guy who can terrorize the league for another 10 years after King Henry loses a step or two? Am I off base here, or do you think this idea has some merit? If you can't comment on individual players right now, I understand. :-)
Jim: Hey Douglas. I agree that Bijan Robinson is a hell of a player. And, so is Derrick Henry.
David Grissom from Huntingdon Beach, California
Question: Jim. Please tell management not to draft Will Levis. All they have to do is look at the film from when he played against the VOLS. He looked like a "deer-in-the-headlights. We would be much better with Hooker and he will be a fan favorite. Having a year behind Tannehill will be great and he can step up if need be. With the free agent pick ups, we are looking good at OL. We can get a good WR in the 2nd round (Tillman). I know I'm going all VOLS, but look at what they did in the SEC.
Jim: Hey David. Hey, I watched Will Levis play in college as well, so I understand the skepticism. But we can't judge every player based on how they did against the Vols. Under that scenario, Will Anderson wouldn't be a projected top-5 pick and Spencer Rattler would've won the Heisman Trophy last year. … I really like Cedric Tillman myself, by the way.
Bill Caldwell from Lebanon, Tennessee
Question: Morning Jim, hope Spring is finally here. Time to look at the brighter side. So looking forward I feel the Titans can slow down a bit, no sense in panicking. Keep the core players in Derrick, Ryan and Byard. With major money available next year lots of options should be available. Next trade that pesky number one for a number two and solid mid-range pick. Build up that young talent and keep your power dry for next year. Keeps the team competitive with a bright outlook. Titan Tough.
Jim: Thanks for weighing in, Bill.
Jack Walker from Calabasas, California
Question: I just watched the videos of Jeffery Simmons after his contract extension. Can't lie Jim, tears were in my eyes too... what an exceptional human being. I'll put being an exceptional football player second, but what a MAN he's become. Like coach said, he's a model for the organization (I would have said a model for the whole NFL) and I couldn't be happier for him. He wears his emotions on his sleeve and he's mature, forward thinking and full of love. So proud to be a Titans fan today... congrats Vrabs, Ran and Ms. Amy... (the best owner in the NFL, BTW)
Jim: It was a pretty cool moment for sure, Jack.
Jerry Gist from Knoxville, Tennessee
Question: So, are we even looking at Lamer Jackson?
Jim: Be a little more careful, Jerry. We don't want to give any bulletin board material around here...
Have a great weekend everyone!