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The Titans impressed many around the league with the strides they made this past season, going 9-7 and missing the playoffs by a tiebreaker when basically no one expected them to be there at all. Marcus Mariota also showed in just his second year that he is becoming a well above-average Quarterback. Tennessee appears to be on the up and coming, and they are in an enviable position to make even further upgrades with two first round picks as well as over $60 million in cap space. The Titans already boast an already strong roster with several young players who should continue to improve. However, there are several areas of the team that Jon Robinson and his staff should look to augment including-

Wide Receiver

Marcus Mariota had a phenomenal 2016 season, just two years removed from being the second overall pick. Mariota also had the luxury of an outstanding offensive line, highly effective running game, and a great tight end in Delanie Walker. One thing that could help elevate Mariota’s game to the next level would be if Tennessee could find him a true number one receiver. While the Titans already have some solid wide-outs in Tajae Sharpe and Rashard Matthews, but lack a true number one. The only free agent who could fit the bill is Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery however, may be franchise tagged and if not will probably have several suitors with deep pockets. Luckily for Tennessee, there are several intriguing options in the draft, primarily in the first round. Mike Williams of Clemson looks like he could be DeAndre Hopkins 2.0 and a prototypical number one. If the Titans want Williams, they’ll likely have to use the fifth overall pick on him. If they chose to wait until pick number 18, other options such as John Ross of Washington could be available.

Cornerback

The Tennessee Titans were 29th in the league in passing yards allowed per game in 2016. In order to rectify this problem on defense, finding solid coverage corners is a must. Cornerbacks Jason McCourty, Brice McCain, and others have been very underwhelming for Tennessee. There are some decently intriguing options in free agency including Trumaine Johnson, Logan Ryan, Stephon Gilmore, and others. However, the Titans can add to their staple of young, high potential players by drafting a player like Marshon Lattimore of Ohio State. Cornerback is arguably the deepest position in this year’s draft class. It would be wise of Tennessee to take advantage of this in the first two rounds. Names like Sidney Jones, Quincy Wilson, Cordrea Tankersley, and others highlight a stacked class of corners.

Safety

As previously mentioned, the Titans pass defense was less than admirable this past season. Another step Tennessee must take to address this is by adding a ball-hawking safety. There are quite a few of them in free agency including Eric Berry, Tony Jefferson, Barry Church, and others. There are a few high impact safeties the Titans should look into taking as early as number 5. Malik Hooker of Ohio State has drawn comparisons to Earl Thomas and Ed Reed for his incredible nose for the football. Hooker has been deemed by many as the second best player in an overall loaded draft class. If Hooker isn’t available, Jamal Adams of LSU is no slouch either, being a great tackler and coverage strong safety. The Titans should explore addressing their hole at safety perhaps through both the draft and free agency. Signing a guy like Tony Jefferson to play strong safety and drafting Malik Hooker to play center field would go a long way in improving the Titans defense.