NFL Draft Betting: What Position Will the Titans Target With Their First Pick in 2024?

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NFL Draft Betting: What Position Will the Titans Target With Their First Pick in 2024?

The Tennessee Titans have opted for a franchise reset this offseason following a disappointing 6-11 finish in the 2023 season. The Titans made the surprising decision to move on from coach Mike Vrabel, who joined the Cleveland Browns on Friday as a "coaching and personnel consultant." Tennessee followed the move by hiring Brian Callahan -- the Cincinnati Bengals' head offensive coach since 2019.

The signal of changes continued in free agency. Will Levis has become the clear starting quarterback for 2024, and he received a gift with Calvin Ridley joining the team on a multi-year deal. The Titans also moved on from Derrick Henry, opting to acquire Tony Pollard instead.

Following a promising free agency with several key additions, the Titans are looking to take it one step further in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft. Tennessee holds the No. 7 pick in the first round -- their highest pick since selecting Corey Davis with the fifth pick in 2017.

As most of us know, plenty of debate usually surrounds potential draft moves. FanDuel Sportsbook is offering NFL Draft odds for the Titans' first selection. Which position could Tennessee potentially target? Let's dive into the odds, followed by a breakdown of the favorite picks.

NFL Draft Odds

2024 NFL Draft - Position of Tennessee Titans First Drafted Player
FanDuel Sportsbook Odds
Offensive Lineman-320
Defensive Lineman/Edge+320
Tight End+1400
Wide Receiver+2200
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Offensive Lineman (-320)

The clear favorite for the Titans' top selection looks to be offensive line. Tennessee drafted offensive lineman Peter Skoronski out of Northwestern with the No. 11 pick in 2023. Skoronski turned in a solid rookie season, finishing with a 61.6 overall grade via Pro Football Focus (PFF).

Even with the addition of center Lloyd Cushenberry, this remains one of the worst offensive lines in football. The unit has a dire need for help at offensive tackle. With Levis taking over as a potential franchise QB (if he can impress in 2024), the Titans simply need better protection if this offense is to become a true threat.

Fortunately, Tennessee is in a great spot with the seventh overall selection as several top tier offensive tackle prospects are tracking to be top-15 picks. This includes Joe Alt of Notre Dame, Olumuyiwa Fashanu of Penn State, Taliese Fuaga of Oregon State, and JC Latham of Alabama. The Titans could be keeping their fingers crossed for Alt to slide to No. 7 as he is widely regarded as the top offensive lineman prospect.

At worst, Tennessee should be able to take the second or third offensive lineman off of the board. As the -320 odds suggest, this looks to be the clear pick -- especially with where the Titans stand in the draft order.

Defensive Lineman/Edge (+320)

If it's not an offensive tackle, Tennessee will likely be looking to sure up their trenches on the other side of the ball. One of the Titans' notable losses of the offseason was edge rusher Denico Autry, who had 11.5 sacks last season, signing with the Houston Texans.

Tennessee still has a promising edge duo led by Harold Landry III and Arden Key, but they are in a solid spot in the first round for adding more talent and depth. In fact, they could be pretty much in the perfect spot to land the class' top edge rushing prospect, Dallas Turner. His skillset is also ideal for the Titans' 3-4 defensive front as Turner possesses the athleticism and bend to rush off the edge as an outside linebacker.

More than likely, opting for an edge rusher would mean that few offensive tackles are left on the board. Unless Tennessee is simply infatuated with Alt above all others, they should still have a great option at offensive tackle even if the top lineman is off of the board.

Tight End (+1400)

Following the second-shortest odds, we get into longshot territory. Picking a tight end has the third-shortest odds at +1400. There's only one tight end that will likely go in the first round -- Brock Bowers of Georgia.

In three years with the Bulldogs, Bowers totaled over 700 scrimmage yards in every season. Even while missing four games due to injury in 2023, he put up 714 receiving yards in 10 games during his final season; that's over 70.0 receiving yards per game.

Most expect Bowers to be a top-15 pick, but selecting him at No. 7 could be a bit of a stretch. Tennessee could look to trade back if they are set on Bowers. He certainly has the kind of talent that you can build an offense around. Levis would be set up for success with Ridley and Bowers joining the passing attack as shiny new toys.

Still, taking an offensive tackle seems to be the clear priority for the Titans. We've seen it time and time again in the NFL; if you can't protect the quarterback, they are likely setup for failure. I don't see Tennessee making that same mistake when their focus should be on adding talent to the offensive line.

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