The Tennessee Titans made an addition to their offensive line on Friday, drafting offensive tackle Dillon Radunz
The Titans selected Radunz, a product of North Dakota State, with the 53rd pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Taking an offensive tackle in the second round makes a lot of sense for the Titans.
Over the past year, the Titans have lost three assets at offensive tackle. All-Pro Jack Conklin left in free agency, first-round draft pick Isaiah Wilson proved to be a colossal disaster, and the team released Dennis Kelly to save money in March 2021.
To fill the holes created by all of those departures, the Titans re-signed veteran tackle Ty Sambrailo and added Kendall Lamm in free agency. However, neither one of those players projects as a reliable full-time starter.
Radunz played most of his college career at left tackle, but he said he’s been working all offseason on being able to switch to the right side. #Titans
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Radunz is a 6-foot-5-inch, 301-pound offensive tackle who started 32 games during his college career. He was a consensus All-American in 2019, and director Jim Nagy named him the Practice Player of the Week at the 2021 Senior Bowl.
While Radunz played left tackle in college, he is prepared to switch to the right side for the Titans, who have Pro Bowler Taylor Lewan firmly entrenched at LT.
Radunz has been working all offseason to prepare for having to switch to right tackle, just in case that’s where he ended up being needed in the NFL.
He may not start right away for the Titans, who tend to bring rookies along slowly, but he’ll likely find his way into the starting lineup by the end of the 2021 season.
That’s his goal, anyway.
“I’m definitely going to want to be thrown into the starting five,” Radunz said after the Titans drafted him. “That’s just the competitor in me.”
Drafting Radunz meant that the Titans passed on some quality wide receivers that were still available at the end of the second round, including LSU’s Terrace Marshall and North Carolina’s Dyami Brown.
It will be imperative for the Titans to find a good receiver at some point very soon, as the team’s current crop at the position is less than stellar.
Even so, it’s hard to knock general manager Jon Robinson for pulling the trigger on Radunz.
Having a quality offensive line is vital to NFL success, and the Titans’ OL will be much better with Radunz.
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