The Titans traded out of the first overall pick, so they’ll have to wait a while before making their first-round pick on Thursday night rather than getting it out of the way right at the start.
As it stands right now, Friday night will offer less time for sitting around. The Titans have five picks in the second and third rounds, starting with No. 33 and ending with No. 76, and they have plenty of needs to fill on their roster after going 5-27 over the last two seasons.
An infusion of young, talented players should raise the level of excitement around the Titans, but coach Mike Mularkey would prefer that the expectations for the 2016 season remain low in Nashville.
“It’s nice to have all the picks,” Mularkey said, via the Tennessean. “We think we’re going to build depth and actually have a number of starters with the picks that we have right now, if we use them all, but this is not a one-year, turn it around in one offseason and three months [endeavor]. To think that you can change things immediately — we’re talking about a lot of young players we’re going to be bringing in here.”
The Titans may not use all of those picks as having six picks in the first 76 selections gives you plenty of ammunition to use to move around the draft board, but no number of players is going to change the amount of work that needs to be done for the Titans to find their way back to on-field success. Mularkey may have learned while taking over for Ken Whisenhunt last season that keeping that fact in people’s minds is a good thing for the guy on the sideline.