The issue of whether to pick a new player from the draft to fill up a position or to consider those already on the team is a permanent one in most teams. For the Titans, there is no urgency required to draft any new players. The Titans odds for the next football season can be totally determined by the team as it is at the moment. The starting lineup is in great shape and, save for the left guard position, the entire team is pretty solid. Even players like Jayon Brown and Kevin Pamphile do not present any immediate concern.
The main concern at this point for the Titans should be the edge rushers. The players currently on the team at this position do not have a long future in the team. Both Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo are well into their exit phase in the career. They might get more time on the team but that does not take away the fact that age is catching up with them. Considering that the Titans cannot particularly bank on Josh Carraway, Kevin Dodd or Aaron Wallace to deliver, they should probably fix the situation sooner rather than later.
The edge rusher position is one of the crucial positions in the team that cannot be subsidized by other positions. It is also difficult to find players available in the draft when it is well into the middle rounds.
Looking at the history of edge rushers in the agency, some names worth mentioning are Ezekiel Ansah and Demarcus Lawrence - who were tipped for the franchise. The next possible stars were Vinny Curry and Trent Murphy even though they were not exactly elite level. Other than that, the only other edge rusher to appear in the free agency was Demarcus Ware, but he had already seen his brighter years. Other players like Olivier Vernon who appeared on the agency ended up getting paid more than their worth. This also happened for Pernell McPhee and Paul Kruger.
The truth is that the edge rusher is difficult to get after the draft has moved on substantially. Looking at the players billed the top edge rushers in 2017 by PFF, the story is the same and each of them got drafted within the first 50 selections. This, notwithstanding, that some of the players were barely elite level. Players like Sheard and Ayers could have had been easily replaced by much-seasoned alternatives like Jadeveon Clowney, Chandler Jones, and Myles Garrett - who were also first-round picks in previous years. In overall, just a few edge rushers were drafted after the top 50.
The edge rusher position is so fundamental to a team. This is why it is extremely hard to find any of them in the draft after the initial rounds. Quarterbacks have always been the most valuable players in the team and their only match happens to be edge rushers. As the stakes increase for QB's, so will they for edge rushers. It is essential that the Titans get an edge rusher on board even though they will have to part with a significant investment to do it.
I can't believe I'm seeing "Titans should still draft a late round QB" as a response to the Gabbert signing. If you think a late round QB could come in and beat Gabbert out for a backup spot you're off your rocker.— Kaleb Searle (@k_searle87) March 27, 2018