2022 NFL Combine: 5 Players the Tennessee Titans Should Target

The Tennessee Titans were left scrambling after a shocking Divisional Round exit to the 2021 NFL Playoffs at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals after finishing the regular season with the top seed in the AFC.

A lot of the blame was directed at quarterback Ryan Tannehill for the loss, and the Titans might use their first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft on his eventual replacement. But the Titans have several needs to address, so they will be quite focused on the NFL Scouting Combine underway in Indianapolis.

Here is a look at some of the players the Titans should be focused on this weekend.

Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh

The Titans have the No. 26 pick in the first round and mock drafts seem to be all over the map on the Pittsburgh signal-caller, who had the Combine all a-Twitter after his physical exam revealed 8.5-inch hands.

If the prognostications that place Pickett in the bottom third of the draft are correct, the Titans are very likely to pull the trigger here and secure their quarterback of the future. Hand size regardless, Pickett is arguably the most NFL-ready quarterback in the draft and after one year as Tannehill’s backup, should be ready to lead the Titans as the starter.

Trevor Penning, Offensive lineman, Northern Iowa

The Titans are likely to have competition at the bottom of the first round for Penning, a 6-foot-7, 320-pounder who excels both physically and mentally. The Titans could be letting Taylor Lewan and Rodger Saffold go to save around $27 million of cap space, and Penning would be an ideal replacement on a rookie contract.

A Walter Payton Award finalist, the left tackle allowed just one sack all season. The only reason he is not expected to go higher is the nature of the competition he faced at the FCS level, but Penning would be perfect for the Titans and the Derrick Henry show.

Jalen Wydermyer, Tight End, Texas A&M

The Titans need to address the tight end position one way or another, and if they decide to use their cap money on other areas, the draft is a good place to find a capable receiver.

Wydermyer is another player slotted to come off the draft board late in the first round and will certainly be an alternative for the Titans if the likes of Pickett and Penning are off the board before the 26th pick. It remains to be seen if Wydenmyer is the next Frank Wycheck, but he should be an upgrade over what the Titans have been rolling out at the position the past few seasons.

Nick Bonitto, Linebacker, Oklahoma

Bonitto figures to spend most of his NFL career as a pass-rush specialist, but that is something the Titans will want to have at the ready as they compete with the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow for AFC supremacy.

Bonitto is another player who could well be snapped up in the range of the 26th pick and could be another option for the Titans in this spot.

Jeremy Ruckert, Tight end, Ohio State

The wide receivers got all the headlines last season at Ohio State and two of them, Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson, are both projected as first-round picks in the 2022 Draft. But Ruckert is also a solid pro prospect, and if the Titans choose not to use the 26th overall pick on a tight end, Ruckert should be there for them in the third round.

Ruckert could develop into a solid red-zone weapon. He had 51 catches in his college career and converted 12 of them into touchdowns.

Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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