The 2023 NFL Draft has concluded, and the Tennessee Titans were one of the most interesting teams to watch. Where did the Titans make their picks, and what draft capital did they possess?
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Tennessee Titans Draft Picks by Round in 2023
- Round 1, Pick 11
Peter Skoronski, OL, Northwestern
- Round 2, Pick 33 (From HOU via ARI)
Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
- Round 3, Pick 81 (From DET via ARI)
Tyjae Spears, RB, Tulane
- Round 5, Pick 147
Josh Whyle, TE, Cincinnati
- Round 6, Pick 186 (from ATL)
Jaelyn Duncan, OT, Maryland
- Round 7, Pick 228
Colton Dowell, WR, Tennessee-Martin
How Many Draft Picks Did the Titans Have Entering the 2023 NFL Draft?
Ran Carthon conducted his first draft as Tennessee’s general manager after the Titans fired previous decision-maker Jon Robinson in December 2022. Carthon didn’t step into a situation with a bevy of picks, however, given that the Titans owned just six selections.
Tennessee traded their 2023 fourth-rounder — plus a 2022 second-round choice — to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for Julio Jones in a 2021 swap. Jones could be in the Hall of Fame someday, but the deal failed to work out for Tennessee. He managed career lows across the board before being released in March 2022.
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Tennessee received a sixth-round selection from the Falcons in the Jones deal. But the club also sacrificed their own 2023 sixth-rounder in a trade for another veteran pass catcher, Robert Woods, who put up 53 receptions for 527 yards and two touchdowns before being cut earlier this spring.
Who Did the Titans Draft in 2023?
It’s not common for a team’s second-round pick to upstage their first-rounder, but the Titans pulled off a unique situation. Quarterback Will Levis was projected to go in the top half of the 2023 NFL Draft for the majority of the offseason but unexpectedly fell to Tennessee in Round 2.
Taking offensive lineman Peter Skoronski in the first wasn’t a headline grabber despite how important it was for the Titans to improve the unit. In rookie minicamp, Skoronski worked at both guard and tackle, so it’s yet to be determined where he’ll ultimately start.
Levis will likely begin the year behind veteran Ryan Tannehill until the team is either out of contention or feels the former is ready for the job. Levis, like Tannehill was coming out of college, is a good athlete with a strong arm but isn’t a refined passer yet.
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Tennessee continued to beef up their struggling offense, adding competent depth behind Derrick Henry at running back. Third-round rusher Tyjae Spears would be a fitting replacement for Henry if the star is traded later this season or departs next offseason in free agency. Spears has good speed and power, projecting to be a starting-caliber player.
Tight end Josh Whyle, offensive tackle Jaelyn Duncan, and wide receiver Colton Dowell will fight to make the roster as depth pieces. The Titans are weak at each position, opening the door for this entire rookie class to make the final 53-man roster.