The Tennessee Titans, due to the departures of Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan, are expected to add a defensive lineman/pass rusher in some capacity this off-season.
There’s a reasonable chance the Titans address this need through free agency. But in case they don’t, they’re doing their due diligence by meeting with defensive linemen at the NFL Combine.
So far, the Titans have met with Texas defensive lineman Charles Omenihu, Houston defensive lineman Ed Oliver and Mississippi State defensive lineman Montez Sweat. Tennessee has also met with Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins.
In his latest mock, @MelKiperESPN has the #Titans drafting Clemson DT Christian Wilkins at 19. Wilkins already met with Titans D-line coach Terrell Williams and has a formal meeting lined up with the team tonight.
And turns out he’s already got a rapport with Mike Vrabel. pic.twitter.com/8i4528QrSP
— Erik Bacharach (@ErikBacharach) March 2, 2019
Charles Omenihu had a good meeting with #Titans. As a Texas defender, he looks to Brian Orakpo as a big bro. Also said he’s pulled things from Aaron Donald, Joey Bosa, and Chandler Jones. pic.twitter.com/Jo5YKfwPji
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) March 2, 2019
Several of the players the Titans have met with, including Oliver and Sweat, are projected top 10 picks. So again, maybe this is just the Titans doing their homework. Or maybe general manager Jon Robinson will fall in love with one of these pass rushers and trade up.
Oliver, who weighed in at 287 lbs this week, told reporters he was asked by the Titans if he would play outside linebacker. The former Houston standout believes he’s athletic enough to play anywhere in the front seven.
Titans wanted Ed Oliver to play linebacker here said that is fine he will do those positional drills here at combine ‘I can play anywhere literally on the front seven. I’m a penetrator.’ Says he can make an Aaron Donald type of impact
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 2, 2019
If Oliver truly possesses that type of versatility, he could end up being someone the Titans try to land.
Though for now, I think it’s way more likely the Titans will stay pat in the first round, or possibly trade down.
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