The Tennessee Titans have one of the top young receivers in the NFL in A.J. Brown. They also acquired veteran WR Julio Jones last off-season. Some of their depth played well during this season as well. So, why is wide receiver on the table for their first-round selection in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft? It can be described in one, single word.

Injuries

It’s no secret. injuries depleted Tennessee for much of the 2021-2022 season. Nevertheless, they kept on chugging throughout the regular season. The playoff run did not go as planned, but they did overcome a lot of obstacles during their campaign.

All that being said, depth at receiver is certainly a need going forward. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine will most likely be back next season, but Chester Rogers is now a free agent. They have other young options, but they are still unproven.

Meanwhile, this NFL Draft WR class is very impressive yet again. Even while the Titans are picking in the back half of the first round, there will be plenty of pass-catching talent on the board. Giving the offense more depth in case of injuries to Brown and/or Jones could be a great decision. It may be a tough pill to swallow when you have Derrick Henry in the backfield, but it won’t (and shouldn’t) be off the table early in the draft.

There are a few names to keep an early eye on as potential targets.

Penn State WR Jahan Dotson, Ohio State WR Chris Olave, USC WR Drake London, and Alabama WR Jameson Williams are all notable names that could be available for the Titans in round one. Dotson and Williams are big-time, quick downfield threats.

Olave is a very balanced receiver with impressive route-running. Finally, London is a 6’5″ target that makes a lot of plays after the catch.

As we get closer to draft time, there will be plenty more deep dives on these prospects and many more.

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