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With the NFL’s 2016 free agent period right around the corner, names like Von Miller, Kirk Cousins, and Alshon Jeffery figure to dominate headlines for the next couple weeks, but there’s already plenty of speculation mounting about what the Titans will do with the first overall pick in the draft a couple months from now.
Unlike in 2015, when the Buccaneers were viewed throughout the process as likely to select Jameis Winston first overall, there’s no clear consensus on what the Titans will do, though one may be forming. As Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk outlines, most experts’ recent mock drafts have Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil heading to Tennessee with that No. 1 pick.
“[Tunsil] is certainly viable as the No. 1 player on the board,” Kiper said today on a conference call, per Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com. “He is right in that discussion to be the No. 1 player in the draft, just by ratings. By need, it is definitely a need, because you have to protect Marcus Mariota. You have [Taylor] Lewan who could move to right tackle, and now you would bring in Tunsil (at left tackle) and you would have tremendous young bookends.”
While Tunsil is a popular choice, he’s not the only option for the Titans at No. 1. Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa and Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey are among the other candidates who have been mentioned as possibilities to come off the board first.
There’s also a chance the Titans won’t even be the team picking first overall — GM Jon Robinson admitted last week that he has already spoken to teams about the No. 1 selection, and if Tennessee can land a nice haul of picks, I think Robinson would be willing to move down a few spots. In that event, it’s possible that a quarterback like Carson Wentz or Jared Goff could be drafted first overall.
What do you think? Will the Titans keep the No. 1 pick, or will they trade down? If they stay atop the draft, will they select Tunsil or someone else? How do you expect the start of the 2016 draft to play out? Weigh in below in our comments section with your thoughts!