Four Senior Bowl Prospects The Titans Should Keep An Eye On

Draft season is officially in full swing!

While Brian Callahan finalizes his staff for the 2023 season, it’s time for Ran Carthon and his staff to shine. 

The first stop on the road to the 2024 NFL Draft began this past week in Mobile, Alabama, where the 75th Senior Bowl took place. The week of practice was filled with studs from the top conferences, popular first-round prospects, and even some players who stole the show from small schools.

Undoubtedly, the Senior Bowl contains most of the players from the “meat of the draft”. These players will see themselves come off the board anywhere from late Day 1 to the middle of Day 3, and this class may be full of hidden late-round gems. 

One of the ways the Titans can take advantage of this deep draft class is by trusting in Ran Carthon and his staff’s ability to find these gems and get the most out of them. With that said, let’s take a look at four guys the Titans should target from this year’s Senior Bowl! 

Jackson Powers-Johnson | OL, Oregon

One of the more far-fetched prospects for the Titans to target, Jackson Powers-Johnson had one of the best weeks out of any players at the Senior Bowl. The Oregon center came into the week as the 34th overall player according to the Consensus Big Board but now seems likely to be drafted in the first round. 

Powers-Johnson’s most impressive trait might be his build, coming in at 6’3″ and 334 pounds. Despite his arm length coming in at a shorter 32 inches, Jackson is one of the biggest outliers at the center position in a long time. Powers-Johnson would be an instant upgrade over Aaron Brewer and his 295 pounds at center, a player on the opposite end of the size spectrum. His addition would create a night-and-day shift on an offensive line starved of size. Another upgrade is the fluidity of his movement at such a significant weight. Powers-Johnson may have gotten beat from the jump on a few reps in Mobile, but his ability to recover and still win would be something that Bill Callahan and the Titans’ offensive line could use to offer better interior protection for Will Levis.

If Powers-Johnson were to somehow fall to 38, it would be a no-brainer pick for the Titans’ offensive line and it could be even more advantageous to pair the center with Joe Alt or Ola Fashanu to create a dominant left side of the line for years to come.

Patrick Paul | OT, Houston

If a blue-chip center like Jackson Powers-Johnson does not fall to the Titans at 38, another option for Tennessee to rebuild the line in Round 2 is Houston’s Patrick Paul. Much like Powers-Johnson, Patrick Paul is also a mountain of a man. Coming in at 6 ‘7’’ and 330, Paul is a pass-blocking specialist and put on a show during the Senior Bowl Practices. 

Currently the 42nd prospect according to the consensus board, Paul is a good option to fix the left tackle position if the Titans were to take a receiver at 7th overall. Paul has played over 700 left tackle snaps in the last three seasons at Houston and while the pass protection has been excellent, other traits need more development. Paul has been excellent at sealing the edge, but the run-blocking aspect of his game needs work.

While not a bona fide hit from day one like Joe Alt or Ola Fashanu could be, Paul could become the stalwart left tackle of the future with time and development. Paul is currently my favorite second-round left tackle prospect.

Max Melton | CB, Rutgers

Let’s take a look at the other side of the ball and focus on the Titans later round picks that could provide immense value. With Kristian Fulton likely out the door this upcoming season, Kevin Byard having been traded, and Sean Murphy-Bunting a pending free agent, the Titans could use some of their later-round capital to invest in the secondary.

One of the players who went somewhat under the radar this week but looked solid throughout was Rutgers cornerback Max Melton. Currently the consensus 95th overall prospect, Melton could be a player the Titans invest in with their early fourth-round pick. Coming in at 5 ’11’’ and 193 pounds, Melton may lack true size to play on the outside but makes up for it in speed and technique.

Melton played most of his snaps outside for the last three seasons and brought the quickness and stickiness that an outside corner needs to excel at the next level. The Rutgers corner impressed during the practices, being able to keep pace with shifty receivers like Luke McCaffery and Ricky Pearsall. While teams may see Melton as an inside-only player at the next level, I believe Melton is worth the look in the later rounds.

Chris Braswell | EDGE, Alabama

Continuing with options on the defensive side of the ball, why not consider a stalwart defensive edge in the second round? One of my favorite options from the Senior Bowl was Alabama’s Chris Braswell.

Currently the consensus 47th overall player, Braswell was one of the edge defenders who truly stood out among the rest. Braswell brings quickness off the edge and combined with his 6’3″ 257lb build, brings power as well. Braswell was effective for Alabama but not talked about a lot because of his counterpart Dallas Turner on the other side.

While it may not be a popular pick, Braswell’s 87.9 PFF pass-rush grade and 18.2% pass rush win rate in 2023 makes him an intriguing player for Ran Carthon and company to add.

Author: JT Ruhnke

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