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3 Most Likely Titans Draft Targets With the 26th Overall Pick

Max Staley
Three most likely Titans NFL Draft targets with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2022 Draft.
Three most likely Titans NFL Draft targets with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2022 Draft. / Wesley Hitt/GettyImages

The Tennessee Titans are in a weird spot this offseason. The team looks poised for another postseason appearance in 2022, but it feels like that's the Titans' ceiling. It's unclear if Ryan Tannehill has what it takes to go toe to toe with AFC peers like Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen and Joe Burrow.

But Tennessee will undoubtedly be rolling with the veteran again in 2022. It'd be very difficult to find a legitimate upgrade over the 33-year-old, and there's no easy way out of his deal anyway. The Titans' offseason should therefore be focused on making life as easy as possible for Tannehill, and giving him the support he needs to compete with the young studs in the AFC.

To do that, Tennessee might need some help in the 2022 NFL Draft. Here are three players the Titans should target with their first-round pick this offseason.

1. Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas Razorbacks

Treylon Burks feels like a guy who will fly up draft boards by the time April rolls around. But he'd be an excellent fit for Tennessee if he's there. Both A.J. Brown and Julio Jones dealt with injuries throughout the year, and Tennessee didn't have any pass-catchers that scared defenses when those two weren't on the field. In fact, Brown was the only receiver who reached even 500 receiving yards. Adding a dynamic talent like Burks, who put up 1,104 yards and 11 touchdowns in 12 games at Arkansas, would give the Titans a legit three-headed monster at WR while also providing insurance incase Brown or Jones go down again.

2. Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah Utes

The top true linebackers in this class, Nakobe Dean and Devin Lloyd, probably aren't making it to No. 26. But this is a real position of need for Tennessee, as Rashaan Evans might not be back in 2022. Lloyd falling to No. 26 feels more realistic than Dean, who won the Butkus Award and the National Championship this season. But don't think of Lloyd as a consolation prize – this guy is a flat-out stud. He racked up 111 tackles (22.0 for a loss), 7 sacks, 4 interceptions and 6 passes defended in 2021. Lloyd might be the most well-rounded defender in this class and could be future of the LB position in Tennessee for years to come if he's on the board at No. 26.

3. Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State Seminoles

2018 second-round pick Harold Landry finally broke out this year, recording 12.0 sacks (No. 10) and 43 pressures (No. 7 in the NFL). Those numbers will make him very attractive on the open market this offseason, so it's far from a lock that the 25-year-old will be back in Tennessee next year. If Landry bolts, Tennssee would desperately need another EDGE. But adding another pass-rusher would still be a savvy move even if Landry does stick around. Bud Dupree doesn't look like the premium edge rusher Tennessee thought it was getting, and this pass-rush could be elite if the Titans find another disruptor to pair with Jeffery Simmons and Landry. Florida State's Jermaine Johnson has the raw tools to take this unit over the top. Johnson is one of the most explosive and fastest edge rushers in this class, and he'd form a scary, young pass-rushing trio with Simmons and Landry.

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