Fanspeak Mock Draft 2.22: Will Tennessee have better luck drafting an OT this time?
The recent release of long-time left tackle Taylor Lewan may be just the first of several big moves this offseason for Tennessee, as quarterback Ryan Tannehill is rumored to be a potential cap casualty.
But the Titans likely go into the 2023 draft feeling like they already have the QB position covered, at least for next season, after drafting Malik Willis in the third round of the 2022 draft.
Therefore, it’s logical to assume Tennessee will at least consider taking a tackle with their first pick this year.
And if that’s the case, it wouldn’t take much for the rookie to fare better than the last offensive lineman the Titans drafted in the first round, Isaiah Wilson.
At 6-foot-6, 350-pounds, Wilson was a surprise entrant into the weird, 2020 Covid draft as a redshirt sophomore from Georgia. On the field, Wilson barely played. Off the field, his tenure was plagued by team violations and legal issues.
He was traded one year later to the Miami Dolphins. Just how bad was Wilson’s tenure in Tennessee? The Titans only received a seventh-round pick in 2021 from Miami in the trade – and had to send the Dolphins a 2022 seventh-rounder.
Then again, Wilson’s time with Miami was even shorter, as he was cut three days later after showing up late for his team physical and also for missing two workouts.
He then signed with the New York Giants’ practice squad, only to be released four months later.
These days, his Wikipedia entry says he is a rapper. Still just 24, it’s unknown if Wilson is still pursuing a musical career.
1. Houston Texans (TRADE): QB Bryce Young, Alabama
The only way this happens is if the team has its sights set on one QB and is afraid someone will jump ahead of them. Otherwise, even giving up one Day 2 pick to move up one spot seems a little painful. Don’t forget the DeMeco Ryans’ Alabama ties with this selection.
2. Indianapolis Colts (TRADE): QB C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
Same reason Houston moved up – Indianapolis might be afraid someone leapfrogs them for one of the remaining top QBs.
3. Arizona Cardinals: DL Jalen Carter, Georgia
Carter is a better fit as a J.J. Watts replacement than Will Anderson.
4. Chicago Bears (via DEN): Edge Will Anderson, Alabama
The Bears hope Anderson transforms their D the way LB Brian Urlacher did not that long ago. The best part? Talent-starved Chicago picks up some extra Day 2 picks along the way.
5. Seattle Seahawks: DL Bryan Bresee, Clemson
This isn’t as big of a reach as it might seem. Bresee is ranked No. 10 in the latest Fanspeak-Jake Rigdon big board.
6. Detroit Lions (via LAR): QB Wil Levis, Kentucky
We said last week we think Detroit takes a QB if one of the big-three are still available, and we stand by that logic.
7. Las Vegas Raiders: OT Paris Johnson, Ohio State
If Just Blog Baby’s Micah McDonald says the team’s No. 1 draft priority is tackle, then we’re going to take his word for it.
8, Atlanta Falcons: S Brian Branch, Alabama
Before you say this is too high for Branch, let PFF explain the pick:
9. Carolina Panthers: QB Anthony Richardson, Florida
New head coach and QB whisperer Frank Reich gets a new mold of clay to work with.
10. Philadelphia Eagles (via NO): CB Christian Gonzalez, Oregon
It would be tempting to take Bijan Robinson, but DB is a far greater need.
11. Tennessee Titans: OT Peter Skoronski, Northwestern
LT Taylor Lewan is out, Skoronski is in.
12. Houston Texans (via CLE): Edge Tyree Wilson, Texas Tech
Houston needs a receiver and a guard, too, but Wilson plays at a premium position and is the highest-rated player still on the board.
13. NY Jets: G O’Cyrus Torrence, Florida
Analysts say Torrence could have gone on Day 1 last season when with Louisiana.
14. New England Patriots: RB Bijan Robinson, Texas
Know what New England is good at when it comes to the draft? Just sitting back and watching as a player who should not be there falls in their lap.
15. Green Bay Packers: TE Michael Mayer, Notre Dame
Mayer is probably a more dependable pick than the best receiver in this draft class, which will be important if Aaron Rodgers leaves or is traded.
16. Washington Commanders: CB Kelee Ringo, Georgia
We still think Ringo is the pick here with all the top QBs gone.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Joey Porter Jr., Penn State
Why are we fighting this pick?
18. Detroit Lions: TE Dalton Kincaid, Utah
Detroit could use a safety valve for the QB, and Kincaid might be the best pass catcher of the 2023 tight end class.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB Deonte Banks, Maryland
The team will need a RB if Leonard Fournette is released, but they can always find one on Day 2.
20. Seattle Seahawks: LB Trenton Simpson
Don’t look now, but Seattle’s normally weird drafts may be a thing of the past.
21. Miami Dolphins: Forfeited
22. LA Chargers: WR Jordan Addison, USC
Addison checks a lot of boxes for Los Angeles, although he’s a bit smaller than typical No. 1 receivers.
23. Baltimore Ravens: WR Quentin Johnston, TCU
Rumor has it that Johnston will test well at the Combine, so he could move up.
24. Minnesota Vikings: Edge Myles Murphy, Clemson
Murphy has been trending down in recent weeks, but this is still too good of a value to pass up.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB Cam Smith, South Carolina
Tyson Campbell, meet the primary reason why you won’t be targeted much in 2023.
26. NY Giants: WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio State
Surely the Giants won’t lose both their QB and RB to free agency, right? Because that would make this pick feel kind of unnecessary.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Devon Witherspoon, Illinois
Young No. 1 corner? Check. Young slot corner? Check. Even if Second boundary corner? Well … Even if Anthony Brown returns from injury and re-signs with the team, the always-dependable CB is not even close to the prospect Witherspoon is.
28. Buffalo Bills: OT Broderick Jones, Georgia
We had the Bills taking the Tennessee tackle last month. Jones would be an even better pick.
29. Cincinnati Bengals: OT Darnell Wright, Tennessee
Cincinnati is finally learning an important lesson: You can never have enough quality offensive linemen, especially if you’re trying to protect a franchise-altering QB.
30. New Orleans Saints (via DEN): QB Hendon Hooker, Tennessee
Before you say, “no way,” how many times have you scratched your head at New Orleans’ picks in the first round?
31. Philadelphia Eagles: Edge Lukas Van Ness, Iowa
The Eagles’ two first-round picks will make NFC East teams groan.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: RB Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama
What’s that, you say? The Chiefs offense lacks dynamic talent outside Patrick Mahomes. OK, we can fix that.
Los Angeles Rams, second round: S Antonio Johnson, Texas A&M
Cleveland Browns, second round: DL Karl Brooks, Bowling Green
Miami Dolphins, second round: RB Tyjae Spears, Tulane
Denver, third round: OT Tyler Steen, Alabama
San Francisco, third round: CB Jaylon Jones, Texas A&M
Jake Rigdon (@jrigdon73) covers the NFL draft for Fanspeak.com. He also covers the NFL draft from a Dallas Cowboys perspective in this subReddit. And his big board is updated at least once per week during the season and leading up to the draft.