It’s mock draft season. That time of year where fans of eliminated NFL teams scour the internet for predictions on which draft prospect their team will select in the upcoming NFL Draft.
The most recent mock draft from CBS Sports predicted the Titans, who have the 11th pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, to select Johnson in the first round, making him the first offensive lineman off the board in April’s draft.
Johnson is widely considered one of the best offensive lineman in the 2023 draft class. He spent his first two seasons with the Buckeyes playing guard, but after transitioning for his junior season, Johnson started all 13 games for the Buckeyes at left tackle and was named a consensus All-American.
Johnson has positional versatility and athleticism that will help him be a Day 1 starter in the NFL that can get strong leverage in the running game. At 6’6″ and 315 pounds, there is little doubt that Johnson will be able to remain a tackle at the next level.
All things considered, the Titans would do well to land him with the 11th pick.
New Titans General Manager Ran Carthon and head coach Mike Vrabel will need to make the offensive line a priority this offseason. LT Taylor Lewan, C Ben Jones, and RG Nate Davis could all potentially be gone in 2023, and if Tennessee wants to extend their window with Derrick Henry in the backfield, they need to bolster the blocking up front.
Johnson would slot immediately in at left tackle for the Titans, opposite of former Ohio State teammate Nicholas Petit-Frere. Tennessee could then move LG Aaron Brewer to center and pursue a starting guard in free agency.
Drafting offensive line at 11 feels like a must. It is the quickest and cheapest way to address the team’s biggest need this offseason. Johnson would be a great fit.
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