Treylon Burks has an incredible opportunity with the Tennessee Titans.
After trading AJ Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles and selecting Burks with the 17th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, Burks has an opportunity few rookies are given: He will be the number one option in the Titans passing game.
The Titans offense will likely still operate through Derrick Henry and the ground attack, but when it comes to Ryan Tannehill’s targets, Burks is at the top of the list. That’s not easy to come by for a young receiver, especially on a contending team. Not only that, but Burks’ standing in the depth chart will also give him a good chance at making Titans history.
The Titans have never had a first-round wide receiver reach 1000 yards receiving in their rookie season. That includes the Oilers years. In 2022, Burks will be looking to become the first.
Over the years, the Oilers/Titans franchise has drafted five wide receivers in the first round: Corey Davis in 2017, Kendall Wright in 2012, Kenny Britt in 2009, Kevin Dyson in 1998, and Haywood Jeffires in 1987.
Two players have had over 1000 receiving yards in their rookie season (AJ Brown in 2019 and Erenest Givins in 1986) but neither was selected in the first round.
Not only did none of those first round draft selections surpass 1000 yards, none of them really came close. Corey Davis dealt with injuries his entire rookie season, Kendall Wright was hindered by the poor quarterback play of Jake Locker and Matt Hasselbeck, and Kenny Britt (who was the closest with 701 yards) was overlooked because of Chris Johnson’s 2000 rushing yards.
If there was ever a time or opportunity for a Titans first round wide receiver to take the league by storm in their rookie season, it is 2022 Treylon Burks.
Robert Woods was added to the offense as a veteran option who specializes in short yardage situations, but if all goes to plan, Burks will be the go-to-guy for Ryan Tannehill to pick up chunk yards. His big body and big hands give him the ability to complete catches through contact. He has complimentary speed for his size, and is a legitimate big play threat running after the catch.
If Burks is on the field for 17 games, he is in a perfect position to make the Titans history books and start his career off strong.
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