The Tennessee Titans made waves Wednesday by announcing the release of veteran offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, wide receiver Robert Woods and linebacker Zach Cunningham. It was a move, but it left some big gaps in the roster. But with his 2023 NFL Draft approaching, the Titans have a chance to fill those holes with an exciting young talent.
Round 1, Pick 11: Peter Skolonski | OT | OT | Northwest
The Titans have six draft picks, including the 11th overall pick in the first round. With that pick, they could potentially replace Ruwan with Northwestern’s Peter Skoronski.
Skoronski is a versatile offensive lineman that some teams look to as a guard, while others believe he has the skills to play tackle in the NFL. At 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 315 pounds, Skoronski has great movement for a man of great athletic physique and has played snaps at both guard and tackle in his college football. He was able to step in and start quickly, providing the Titans with a long-term solution in tackles.
It’s early, but I really like what I see from Peter Skoronski pic.twitter.com/SOeAea8GE2
— Joe Brewett (@Joerb31) February 11, 2023
Round 2, Pick 41: Trenton Simpson | LB | Clemson
In the second round, with the 41st overall pick, the Titans were able to target Clemson linebacker Trenton Simpson.
Simpson is a big, fast linebacker and could be a linebacker/safety hybrid, but his future could be in the linebacker position. In 2022, he batted for 73 total tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 2.5 sacks, and 3 passes. As a five-star recruit out of high school, Simpson has the potential to be a playmaker on the Titans defense.
Trenton Simpson is the best linebacker in the 2023 NFL Draft. Freak. pic.twitter.com/bBWnBtN2rn
— Bobby Football (@Rob__Paul) September 6, 2022
At 6 feet 3 inches and 240 pounds, he has the size and speed to make an impact in his rookie year.
Round 3, Pick 72: Kayshon Boutte | WR | LSU
The Titans have the 72nd overall pick in the third round, so it’s possible they’ll get LSU wide receiver Kayshion Butte to replace Woods. Boutte is a late first-round talent sliding down the draft board after a lackluster 2022 season.
But at the end of 2020, 2021 and 2022, he has shown the speed and athleticism to succeed in the NFL. In 2020, he caught 45 passes for 735 yards and 5 touchdowns. In 2021, he recorded 38 receptions for 509 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Due to a production shortage in 2022, the Kayshon Boutte is heavily discounted.
Not only is he a deadly threat after a catch, but he flashes his ball-tracking abilities downfield.
Lock & load the top 5 WRs in the 2023 class. pic.twitter.com/gNYm9GXsl4
— FFSnoog (@FFSnoog) February 8, 2023
At 6 feet tall and weighing 190 pounds, Boutet has the potential to be a dynamic playmaker on the Titans’ offense. In Boutte’s absence at this point, the Titans could also look to Ole Miss wide receiver Jonathan Mingo.
The Titans have several options to replace their released veteran players in the 2023 NFL Draft.By targeting players like Skoronski, Simpson and Boutte, the Titans are adding exciting young talent to their roster. , can be built for the future.
The Titans have an opportunity to meet their needs in the draft and position themselves for success next season. As the draft draws nearer, it will be interesting to see which player the Titans ultimately pick, but the team and its fans should be excited about the possibilities for a bright future.