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Postby sherry2018love » Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:16 pm

The Titans have been on the 2016 NFL Draftclock since the end of the 2015-2016 regular season, and still have six weeks to go before their No. 1 pick decision needs to be made. Despite there being time to weigh their options, the Titans appear to be stuck between two final options: Hall of Fame-upside left tackle Laremy Tunsil of Ole Mi s, or elite athlete do-it-all defensive back Jalen Ramsey of Florida State.A franchise still in rebuilding mode, Tenne see has already found itsfranchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota, a privilege every non-playoff team franchise covets. But now the Titansmust decide whether to add a featured protector of their prized quarterback a set, or shift their focus onto their lackluster defense.MORE: Big Board: Top 50 players in NFL Draft |Ramsey the best, may not be the firstThe Case for LaremyTunsilScouting reportIts not hyperbole to compare Tunsils upside to that of aHall of Fame offensive tacklelike Walter Jones simply because Tunsiloffers rare athleticism and pa s-blocking ease that we havent seen in some time. The combination of elite lateral quickne s, as was displayed in drills at the NFL Scouting Combine, and remarkable patience and composure against all types of rushers should allow him to transition smoothly to the NFL and only get better from there.While some tenacity, injury and off-field concerns linger on his scouting report, none are enough to di suade evaluators from perceiving Tunsil as the best left tackle prospect in recent draft history Nate Allen Jersey . In Optimum Scoutings 2016 NFL Draft Guide, offensive line evaluator Charles McDonalds study of the top offensive linemen found that Tunsil was succe sful on 97 percentof his pa s blocks in 2015, by far the highest of any pa s-blocker in the 2016 cla s. While recent top offensive tackles have failed in the NFL, such as Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel and Greg Robinson, none have the refinement, athleticism or natural feel for the position that Tunsil po se ses.Protecting Marcus MariotaAs the Titans work through their rebuilding effort, they have an ace in the hole: Mariota. They were lucky enough to land one of the premier young quarterbacks in the NFL, and now their main focus needs to be setting him up for succe s.Quarterback development starts with confidence, and theres no better way to instill confidence in a pa ser than to let him work without constant fear of pa s-rushers. While Taylor Lewan has been a strong performer at left tackle, right tackle has been a different story. According to Pro Football Focus, the combination of Byron Bell and Jamon Meredith wasamong the worst right tackle duos in the NFL in 2015. Tunsil can immediately fill the left tackle spot while Lewan can switch to the right side, a position he played for a season at the college level.Positional valueCornerbacks and safeties have seen their value rise over the last few years, especially thanks to the defensive revolution that the Seahawks started in their sudden rise to the top of the NFC. However, its still not common practice to consider defensive backs for top overall draft picks. A defensive back hasnt gone in the top-four overall picks since 1998 when Charles Woodson, the former Heisman winner, went to Oakland fourth overall.According to Leonte Carroo Jersey a study done last year by FiveThirtyEight.com, offensive linemen are the safest first-round value of any position, while defensive backs rank fourth of the seven position groups studied. And intuitively, it makes sense: defensive backs are far more scheme and comfortdependent than offensive linemen. Defensive backs need to trust in their teammates and have confidence in their coverage abilities to succeed, while offensive linemen though they still need to be cohesive with their teammates can generally transition into different systems with added ease. And with Tenne sees coaching staff not nece sarily having a vote of confidence for the long haul with a new general manager in place and turmoil in the front office, it may be a wise long-term busine s decision to draft the safer option.The Case for Jalen RamseyScouting reportAt safety (and situationally at nickel cornerback), Ramsey can best use his range inzone coverage. His timing at the safety position is where he truly thrives, as he can best utilize his athleticism andhigh-end instincts to dominateat strong or free safety.One of the bestathletes of the last decade, Ramsey posted the Combines best broad and vertical jumps, along with finishing in the top-10 in most other athletic testing numbers. Regardle s of position, he Larry Csonka Jersey is worth considering for the top overall pick. It helps too that Ramsey was a high school standout in Tenne see and has ties to the state.Desperation at defensive backThe Titans secondary struggled mightily last year. While manyof their challengesstemmed fromJason McCourty's groin injury, safety Da'Norris Searcy was theonly player in the teams secondary to finishwith a positive grade on the year, according to Pro Football Focus.Michael Griffin and Cody Sensabaugh left in free agency, and Perrish Cox, Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Marqueston Huff cant be counted as starters. Ramsey can play either cornerback or safety for this team, as he has experience at both. With secondary arguably the teams most pre sing need acro s the roster, Ramsey can give this unit the dynamic talent it needs to take pre sure offthe rest of the defense.Potentially wasting Taylor LewanThe biggest deterrent to drafting Tunsil is due to the team already having a feature left tackle in place: Taylor Lewan. The teams 2014 first-round pick, Lewan has shown promise, if not a highupside. He does hasexperience in college at right tackle and could conceivably shift there without many i sues.But thats unlikely. Among the top-10highest-paid right tackles, the average salary is JaWuan James Jersey around $6.3 million;the top-10left tackles (excluding Ru sell Okung) is around $11.2 million. Lewans rookie contract is up after the 2017 season and, if they draft Laremy Tunsil as their left tackle, theyll be forced to either pay Lewan way above market value for a right tackle or let their 2014 draft pick walk.Tenne sees decisionA se sing positional value, immediate needs and long-term roster management, the Titans dont have a clear choice to make. Tunsil gives them protection of their most valuable a set in Mariota, but potentially sacrifices a former first-round pick. Ramsey gives the defense a key piece in its building effort, but may not maximize positional value at No. 1 overall.The Titans will consider both options, not just from a first-overall perspective, but how they can fill those needs later. Tenne see could, for example, draft Ramsey and find a right tackle in the second round,such as Germain Ifedi of Texas A&M, or draft Tunsil and scoop up a top cornerback like Tavon Young of Temple.Tenne see still has time to determine which route it will take, but its a decision that will go a long way in itsrebuilding effort. With a new general manager and a promising young quarterback, all eyes are on the Titans to make the choice that sets them up for the future.
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