Titans pair AJ Brown and Julio Jones with Ohio State WR Chris Olave at 26
The Tennessee Titans had fought their way to the top seed in the AFC even with the team missing running back Derrick Henry for a vast majority of the season. Their offense survived thanks to wide receiver A.J. Brown and running back D’Onta Foreman.
Although the team traded for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones during the offseason, he was injured for most of the season. It’s unsure how much longer Jones will play in the NFL, but the Titans should look to continue to add to the offense.
Ohio State’s Chris Olave was expected to be a second-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft, but he decided to return to school. It was a good call and he’s now looking at being a sure-fire first-rounder.
Olave would slot in as a wide receiver three to start his career, but he would be brought in slowly. However, with the uncertainty around Jones, and the lack of playtime, Olave would get a fair amount of targets.
The Titans should get back a fully healthy Henry in 2022 and go back to a run-first offense, but adding Olave would give them the wide receiver two that they hoped to get out of Jones in 2021.
Tampa Bay selects UNC QB Sam Howell to fill in for Tom Brady at pick 27
After being Super Bowl champions in 2021, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a step back after losing to the Los Angeles Rams in the Divisional round playoffs. Now they are facing massive uncertainty this offseason.
Tom Brady announced his retirement and the team is set to lose a few key players to free agency including wide receiver Chris Godwin, running back Leonard Fournette, and tight end Rob Gronkowski. It was clear the team had no plan if Brady retired, but now they’ll have to face that reality.
It was reported that the team will look at big names quarterbacks, such as Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson, this off-season if Brady truly opts to not return. If they go after one of those quarterbacks, they likely won’t have this pick.
Considering they still have the pick, there’s no better path to go than quarterback. North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell was inconsistent his last season with the Tar Heels and unable to solidify himself as the top quarterback in this class. However, with the Buccaneers’ needs and other quarterbacks off the board, Howell is their best option.
The Buccaneers are still in a position to win, assuming they can bring back a handful of their players. Howell may not be a win now rookie, but with the right system, Bruce Arians could keep this team a winner.