The Tennessee Titans get back to their roots, setting a tone up front in this 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
It’s going to be interesting to watch how the Tennessee Titans approach the offseason. After wildly securing the top seed in the AFC, Tennessee struggled with rust and turnovers in a 19-16 defeat at the hands of the Bengals in the divisional round. Ryan Tannehill threw three picks and Derrick Henry didn’t regain form.
The Titans face a bit of a dilemma in terms of cap. They will be above the cap by about eight million heading into 2022, with a couple big free agents in the trenches, center Ben Jones and edge rusher Harold Landry. They will have the opportunity to clear with some bigger contracts that expire at the end of 2022, but their big reload will come via the 2022 NFL Draft.
Tennessee Titans 2022 NFL Mock Draft: Trenches and A New TE
So how do the Tennessee Titans approach the draft? Getting back to the roots of playing tough football and setting the tone in the trenches sounds like a plan, and a playmaker or two along the way could help out Tannehill, who the Titans will likely roll with again in 2022. Is quarterback a possibility? It feels like it might be a year.
Let’s take a look at what the Titans could do in this seven round 2022 NFL Mock Draft, featuring a good mix on offense and defense.
Note: This mock draft was completed using the NFL Mock Draft Database simulator.
Round 1, 26th Overall: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
That tone the Tennessee Titans like to have shows up immediately in this mock draft, as they select Northern Iowa tackle Trevor Penning. Penning plays with a mean streak, and he’s not afraid to toss defenders to the ground and play through the whistle. He had some reps like down at the Senior Bowl last week, and definitely made the practices more competitive.
The quickness and power that Penning generates out of his stance is impressive, and the torque he generates with his hands and core is among the best in the draft. Penning does give up a bit of ground in pass protection, but improving his technique will go a long way to help that. With a need on the right side and a plan for Henry to carry the load again, Penning would be a great addition to the run game.