In our final mock draft before the 2023 NFL Draft begins, the Titans find a centerpiece to build the offense around.
The Tennessee Titans concluded the 2022 season with their worst record since 2015, and despite finishing as the first seed in the AFC just two seasons ago, this team desperately needs an offensive rehaul to compete in the near future. Outside of Derrick Henry and 2022 first-round selection Treylon Burks, the Titans offense has little to nothing to work with, and with quarterback Ryan Tannehill on the last year of his deal, it might be time to think about finding a long-term replacement for the 35-year-old signal caller.
Mock Draft: Titans Tab Will Levis as QB1 in Nashville
Outside of their offensive skill positions, the Titans appear to have a fairly talented and promising roster, especially on the back end of their defense, and in a weak AFC South, it seems like this team is not too far away from seriously competing for the division crown in 2023 and beyond. With several solid free-agent acquisitions such as Arden Key, Azeez Al-Shaair, and Andre Dillard, the Titans are in a great position to add a bunch of talent in this year’s draft at premium offensive positions.
Titans Look Towards Future of QB Position in Round 1 of the 2023 NFL Mock Draft
Round 1, No. 11: Will Levis, QB – Kentucky
Tennessee could go best player available in the first round of this mock draft, but if Kentucky quarterback Will Levis is available, it should be a no-brainer selection for the Titans. Despite drafting Malik Willis in the third round just a season ago, Levis is a much better option moving forward for a team who needs to find its eventual Ryan Tannehill successor.
In reality, the Titans might have to move up to secure Levis, especially with other AFC South teams such as the Texans and Colts potentially being in play for a quarterback, but the Kentucky product would be a great option to transition into the starting role in the long run.
Levis and Tannehill have a lot of similarities, especially when looking at their size and athleticism, and while Levis might not be quite as accurate as Tannehilll has been at times throughout his career, the Kentucky prospect’s ceiling is much higher due to his arm strength. To be successful in the NFL, Levis will likely need to redshirt at least the majority of his rookie season.
Working under a perpetually successful quarterback like Tannehill would be a good way to learn what an NFL quarterback does on a day-to-day basis, as well as allowing the young player to work on some throwing fundamentals before being thrown into the fire.
Plus, with a strong running game already in place, Derrick Henry would be a great crutch for a young quarterback to lean on early in his professional career.