There’s a strong possibility the Tennessee Titans use their top pick in the 2022 NFL Draft on an offensive lineman, considering the subpar early returns on their early round picks from the last two drafts. Last year’s second-rounder, Dillon Radunz, was a healthy scratch in five games as a rookie, and 2020 first-round bust Isaiah Wilson is no longer on the roster.
If the Titans do, in fact, select an offensive line in the first round April 28, how could that play out? And who could be on the radar? How would the drafting of other teams impact their options?
Here’s The Tennessean’s fourth, first-round mock draft of the year:
1. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Aidan Hutchison, Edge, Michigan
The NFL world has enteredtained other options as the No. 1 pick, but Hutchison remains the clear favorite.
2. DETROIT LIONS: Malik Willis, quarterback, Liberty
The Lions could wait to find Jared Goff’s replacement in 2023, but Willis’ upside is too enticing to pass up.
3. HOUSTON TEXANS: Ikem Ekwonu, offensive tackle, NC State
The Texans have so many needs that they should be eying the best player available. Ekwonu is arguably the best offensive lineman in the draft.
4. NEW YORK JETS: Travon Walker, edge, Georgia
The Jets need pass-rush help after tying for 25th in sacks last season. Walker has the kind of length comparable to DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead, both of whom Jets coach Robert Saleh worked with in San Francisco.
5. NEW YORK GIANTS: Evan Neal, offensive tackle, Alabama
The Giants could go best available or offensive tackle, a spot of major need. Neal checks both boxes.
6. CAROLINA PANTHERS: Kenny Pickett, quarterback, Pittsburgh
After missing out on Deshaun Watson, the Panthers have hosted each of the top quarterbacks in this class for official visits. It would be surprising if they didn’t take one of them.
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7. NEW YORK GIANTS (VIA CHICAGO BEARS): Kyle Hamilton, safety, Notre Dame
Hamilton is the best player left on the board, and he probably would’ve gone higher if not for an underwhelming pro day.
8. ATLANTA FALCONS: Garrett Wilson, wide receiver, Ohio State
The rebuilding Falcons punt on drafting a quarterback and focus on receiver, a major hole with Calvin Ridley suspended for the 2022 season.
9. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (VIA DENVER BRONCOS): Desmond Ridder, quarterback, Cincinnati
Ridder has gained more buzz in recent weeks and the Seahawks are poised to nab him as their long-term replacement for Russell Wilson.
10. TRADE! NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (VIA NEW YORK JETS): Drake London, wide receiver, USC
Saints get: No. 10 pick
Jets get: No. 16 pick, no. 49 pick (second round)
New Orleans moves up to get Jameis Winston a weapon on the outside to pair with Michael Thomas.
11. WASHINGTON COMMANDERS: Chris Olave, wide receiver, Ohio State
The Commanders give Carson Wentz, on his third team in three seasons, the best chance to be successful with one of the draft’s best receivers.
12. MINNESOTA VIKINGS: Ahmad Gardner, cornerback, Cincinnati
The Vikings need cornerback help and they have former All-Pro Patrick Peterson in place to mentor whomever they select.
13. TRADE! DALLAS COWBOYS (VIA HOUSTON TEXANS): Kenyon Green, guard, Texas A&M
Cowboys get: No. 13 pick
Texans get: No. 24 pick, 2023 first-rounder
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters last week he’s open to trading up in the draft. Doing so to grab a guard could scratch heads, but the spot is a big need for Dallas, which lost Connor Williams in free agency.
14. BALTIMORE RAVENS: Kayvon Thibodeaux, edge, Oregon
The Ravens grab a sliding Thibodeaux, who fills the pass-rush need in the wake of Za’Darius Smith backing out of his free-agent deal with Baltimore.
15. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (VIA MIAMI DOLPHINS): Jermaine Johnson II, edge, Florida State
The Eagles desperately need edge help, as they had the second fewest sacks in the NFL last season (29).
16. NEW YORK JETS (VIA NEW ORLEANS SAINTS): Jameson Williams, wide receiver, Alabama
Williams tore his ACL in the national championship game in January, but he’s game-changing receiver when healthy.
17. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS: Jordan Davis, defensive tackle, Georgia
After adding stars Khalil Mack and JC Jackson in free agency, the Chargers continue to bolster their defense, adding Davis to bolster a run defense that was the third worst in the NFL in 2021.
18. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (VIA NEW ORLEANS SAINTS): Derek Stingley Jr., cornerback, LSU
Philadelphia sticks with defense for its second first-rounder, taking Stingley with the hopes he can form a formidable tandem with Pro Bowler Darius Slay.
19. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (VIA PHILADELPHIA EAGLES): Charles Cross, offensive tackle, Mississippi State
The Saints need to think left tackle after losing Terron Armstead in free agency to the Dolphins.
20. PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Nakobe Dean, inside linebacker, Georgia
With the top three quarterbacks off the board, the Steelers go best available.
21. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: Zion Johnson, guard, Boston College
The Patriots lost both of their starting guards from last year. Johnson could fill one of those voids.
22. GREEN BAY PACKERS (VIA LAS VEGAS RAIDERS): Jahan Dotson, wide receiver, Penn State
After trading superstar Davante Adams, it would be surprising if the Packers didn’t use their top pick on a receiver.
23. ARIZONA CARDINALS: Treylon Burks, wide receiver, Arkansas
Kyler Murray is reportedly disgruntled over extension talks, but he doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. The Cardinals will need to get him another target on the outside after losing Christian Kirk in a free agency.
24. HOUSTON TEXANS (VIA DALLAS COWBOYS): Devin Lloyd, inside linebacker, Utah
Houston goes best available.
25. BUFFALO BILLS: Breece Hall, running back, Iowa State
The Bills’ need for a No. 1 running back is so great that they take one in the first round, defying conventional NFL thinking for the position. Veteran JD McKissic backed out of his free-agent deal with Buffalo to re-sign with Washington.
26. TRADE! KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (VIA TENNESSEE TITANS): Trent McDuffie, cornerback, Washington
Chiefs get: No. 26 pick
Titans get: No. 30 pick, no. 121 (fourth round)
Kansas City should be eyeing a new starting cornerback after losing Charvarius Ward in free agency.
27. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: Devonte Wyatt, defensive tackle, Georgia
The Bucs may be looking for a young replacement on the interior defensive line for Ndamukong Suh, who remains a free agent.
28. GREEN BAY PACKERS: George Karlaftis, edge, Purdue
The Packers fill the void left by Za’Darius Smith, a cap casualty, with a young pass rusher.
29. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (VIA SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS): David Ojabo, edge, Michigan
Ojabo won’t be ready to play for a while – he tore his Achilles at his pro day – but he gives the Chiefs depth on the edge, where Kansas City must start thinking long term with an aging Frank Clark.
30. TENNESSEE TITANS (VIA KANSAS CITY CHIEFS): Trevor Penning, offensive tackle, Northern Iowa
Offensive line is the most glaring need on the Titans’ roster, with two starters who need to be replaced. Penning could be the Day 1 right tackle for Tennessee.
31. CINCINNATI BENGALS: Andrew Booth Jr., cornerback, Clemson
After fixing the offensive line in free agency, the Bengals can focus on young secondary help with their top pick.
32. DETROIT LIONS (VIA LOS ANGELES RAMS): Boye Mafe, Edge, Minnesota
The Lions last season ranked fifth worst in run defense and sacks. Mafe can help in both departments.
Ben Arthur covers the Tennessee Titans for The USA TODAY Network. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter at @benyarthur.