The Tennessee Titans were on the 2016 NFL Draft clock as soon as last season ended and the beleaguered franchise’s choices for the No. 1 overall selection appears to be between Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa and Ole Miss offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil.
That choice should be much easier to make come next week. The Titans and 31 other teams will gain a better hold of the draft class starting with next week’s annual NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Bosa, a pass rusher that has drawn comparisons to Von Miller, and Tunsil, who might be a Pro Bowl left tackle as a rookie, are just two of the more than 300 prospects who will participate in the four-day workout to bolster their status among NFL executives, scouts and general managers.
The combine will run from Friday, Feb. 26, until Monday, Feb. 29.
Bosa will have to wait a little longer than Tunsil to impress scouts. Defensive lineman aren’t scheduled to participate in workouts ranging from the 40-yard dash to the shuttle drill until the third day of the combine.Tunsil and the rest of the country’s best offensive lineman won’t have jitters or anxiety build up too long as they’ll trot out on the first day with running backs and special teams players.
Tunsil will specifically have to fend off the likes of Notre Dame’s Ronnie Staley, Bosa’s former Buckeyes teammate Taylor Decker, and Michigan State’s Jack Conklin to name just a few.
Bosa also has some hefty competition at defensive end, with Clemson’s Shaq Lawson, Oregon’s DeForest Buckner, and Eastern Kentucky’s Noah Spence all projected as first-round picks by CBS Sports.
It could even be a huge week for Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. The powerful and speedy back is a threat to break into the first round, a place most teams often pass on rushers in favor of other positions like Bosa and Tunsil’s. However, Elliott displayed rare power and elusiveness and accumulated more than 3,600 yards and 41 touchdowns his last two seasons in Columbus.
The second day of the combine will feature nearly every facet of the passing game, with quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends on full display. Unlike last year when Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota dominated the discussion of who would go No.1 and No. 2, the debate this year revolves around when a quarterback will first be selected.
Memphis’s Paxton Lynch, North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, and California’s Jared Goff are all projected to fall within the first to second-round range, but an impressive workout could erase any doubts.
Every prospect will be asked to complete the 40-yard dash, vertical and broad jump, bench press, 3-cone drill, and shuttle run measurable drills. And later they’ll sit down with team executives, GMs, and scouts.
The first round of the draft begins Thursday, April 28 from the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.
2016 NFL Combine Schedule
Friday, Feb. 26: Running backs, offensive linemen, special teamers workout
Saturday, Feb. 27: Quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends workout
Sunday, Feb. 28: Defensive linemen, linebackers workout
Monday, Feb. 29: Defensive backs workout