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And the pick is in…

Well, not exactly. But NFL fans might have gotten a glimpse of which direction the Tennessee Titans are moving when it comes to the first pick in the upcoming Draft in April.

Laremy Tunsil, come on down.

According to NFL.com, the offensive tackle from Ole Miss looks to be the player head coach Mike Mularkey and general manager Jon Robinson want to help protect Marcus Mariota and open running lanes for whoever is carrying the football in Tennessee.

“The quarterback is the most important position on the team, and it’s imperative that you keep him upright,” Robinson said in remarks at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The move to draft Tunsil would mean Taylor Lewan would move over the right side and give the Titans to young tackles for the foreseeable future.

“I think Taylor can play a lot of places. He’s a very good football player,” Mularkey said. “I can see (right tackle) if that was a scenario that came up, yes. His athletic ability allows him to do multiple things.”

There has been plenty of discussion in recent weeks as to how the Titans are going to use their draft pick. The team has also shown interest in defensive end Joey Bosa out of Ohio State. And of course, the team will be listening to offers to trade the pick as well.

A team that might want to move ahead of the Cleveland Browns to grab a quarterback could make Robinson an offer to move down. Dallas and San Francisco could both be in the market for a signal caller.

BOSA – “I’M THE BEST”

If you were wondering who the best player in the NFL Draft happens to be, look no further than Bosa. He will tell you he is the best player on draft boards and is worthy of the first overall pick.

Actually, he already did that at the Combine on Friday.

Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com wrote about it online on Friday.

“I do believe I’m the best player in the draft,” Bosa said Friday at the NFL scouting combine. “There’s, of course, a lot of amazing players in the draft, and it’s going to be up to Tennessee to make that decision. But I think as a top player, if you don’t believe that, then there is something wrong.

“I think I bring the best pass-rusher, the best defensive lineman in the country.”

Tennessee’s defensive scheme is a bit different than the one Bosa played in at Ohio State. The defensive end was part of a standard 4-3 defensive unit. The Titans, under the guidance of Dick LeBeau, plays a flexible 3-4 scheme.



ANOTHER TIGER IN ATLANTA?

The Atlanta Falcons drafted Vic Beasley last season to help rush the passer. Could the team pick Beasley’s teammate in college in this year’s NFL Draft?

As part of the Combine activities this week, teams meet with perspective players for 15 minutes to see if they are a fit for their franchises. Falcons management met with defensive end Shaq Lawson in Indianapolis as part of the list of players they were to interview. Lawson, like Beasley, could help Atlanta and its pass rush.

As D. Orlando Ledbetter of AJC.com wrote, he Falcons already have three linemen from Clemson in defensive ends Beasley and Malliciah Goodman along with defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. Adding one more could be a real plus for Dan Quinn’s defense.

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