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3 OTs Titans Fans Should Know About In 2023 NFL Draft

  • Justin Melo
  • November 3, 2022
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Much to the dismay of their fan base, Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson did not execute a trade for an offensive lineman prior to Tuesday’s trade deadline. The left side of Tennessee’s offensive line has been susceptible to allowing an abundance of pressure in pass protection.

Starting left tackle Dennis Daley, who is replacing an injured Taylor Lewan, has struggled to protect the blindside. Daley has been credited with allowing 4.0 sacks and 21 total pressures on just 158 pass-block snaps, via Pro Football Focus. Daley has been a liability all season long. Lewan may be an offseason cap casualty as the Titans can save approximately $15 million towards the salary cap by releasing him, via Spotrac. Daley clearly isn’t the long-term solution. 

The Titans may be drafting another offensive tackle high in the 2023 NFL Draft. We’ve identified three potential candidates.

OLU FASHANU, PENN STATE

A potential riser throughout the process, Penn State’s Olumuyiwa Fashanu is an uber-athlete at the position. Fashanu possesses athletic traits that can’t be taught or molded. His recovery speed and change of direction skills are simply outstanding. Fashanu has captured the attention of NFL decision-makers.

A sophomore that’s still scratching the surface of his full potential, Fashanu has started all eight games for the Nittany Lions this season. He’s twice been named the coaching staff’s Offensive Player of the Game (Auburn and Purdue). Fashanu’s draft stock continues to soar with each standout showing.

Fashanu is an easy mover. His natural abilities will be on display throughout the pre-draft testing process should he decide to declare. Robinson and the Titans will be paying close attention.

PETER SKORONSKI, NORTHWESTERN

A lack of ideal arm-length measurements may force Skoronski inside to guard, but the Titans don’t strike me as the type of franchise to care much for that. They once ignored some athletic and weight-based concerns about Jack Conklin and drafted him in the top 10 ahead of Laremy Tunsil. Conklin and Skoronski feature different profiles altogether, but it proves the Titans’ willingness to stick to their beliefs.

The No. 20 overall prospect in our latest TDN100 update, Skoronski will fit the hard-nosed culture Robinson has built around Derrick Henry in Tennessee. Personality and identity fit matter to Tennessee’s decision-makers. Skoro has been an every-game starter at left tackle since arriving on campus in 2020. He could flawlessly step into Tennessee’s vacant starting left tackle position should they decide to release Lewan.

PARIS JOHNSON JR., OHIO STATE

The Titans feature ties to the Ohio State program. Titans head coach Mike Vrabel both played for and coached at Ohio State. Vrabel was also the best man at Ryan Day’s wedding. He’ll possess terrific intel on Paris Johnson Jr., who would step in nicely opposite another former Ohio State tackle in Nicholas Petit-Frere to provide the Titans with their bookends of the future.

Johnson is an explosive athlete that’s a natural fit for Tennessee’s preferred zone-based running scheme. Johnson’s overall blend of power, size, and natural athletic ability should help him confirm his first-round status in April. The Titans may hope Johnson lasts long enough to write his name on the first card they turn in.

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Justin Melo