Titans choose Paris Johnson Jr. in Mel Kiper’s first mock draft

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Whereas we’re nonetheless very early in mock draft season, there have already been a number of that peg Ohio State offensive sort out Paris Johnson Jr. to the Tennessee Titans within the first spherical of the 2023 NFL draft.

Now, now we have ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., who additionally has the Titans taking the Ohio State product at No. 11 general in his first mock draft. Right here’s what he needed to say in regards to the choice:

The Tennessee offense was a multitude this season, which resulted within the firing of coordinator Todd Downing. Common supervisor Jon Robinson was additionally let go, and it’s a must to suppose Robinson’s incapacity to get the offensive line as much as par contributed to it. Longtime left sort out Taylor Lewan has performed simply 20 video games over the previous three seasons and might be an offseason cap casualty. There may be a gap on the left facet. Johnson performed guard for the Buckeyes in 2021 however moved to left sort out in 2022, and he was large. He can be a plug-and-play starter within the prime 15 picks.

I like this decide for a number of causes.

It’s virtually a foregone conclusion the Titans will reduce Lewan, who the staff merely can not rely on to be its left sort out in 2023 after damage points the previous couple of years.

Johnson, who is taken into account by many to be the most effective offensive lineman on this draft, would give the staff a possible franchise left sort out for years to return, and he ought to be capable of make the instant influence the Titans desperately want, as Kiper notes.

Additionally, the 6-foot-6, 315-pound lineman can play a number of positions, so if it doesn’t work out at sort out he nonetheless has choices. Make no mistake, although, the Titans will need and want him to work out at left sort out if he’s drafted.

Right here’s extra info on Johnson, per our personal Shaun Calderon, who has been doing a slew of prospect profiles on Twitter, one thing he’ll proceed to do main as much as the 2023 NFL draft. Extremely recommend checking them out.

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