1. The Titans trade up
Tennessee will be the Colts’ biggest enemy next year when it comes to chasing the AFC South title. Mike Vrabel and his crew will still challenge for the playoffs despite the Titans’ poor defense and the loss of OC Arthur Smith. The Titans, still licking their wounds after the Isaiah Wilson debacle, could look to move up to acquire a franchise cornerstone.
NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah listed the Titans as one team to watch when it comes to trading up, as they could sacrifice some of their depth in order to draft a potential star to replace one of the many players that departed in the offseason.
The Colts need to hope that the Titans don’t move up.
Not only would the Titans leapfrogging the Colts be devastating for Indy’s chances at the division crown, but Tennessee also has holes at edge rusher, wide receiver, cornerback, and right tackle. The Titans, if they make the right pick, would both grab an instant starter and remove another player from Ballard’s big board.
With how far away the Jaguars and Texans are from contending, the Colts and Titans will be locked in a division arms race for the next few seasons, and what goes down in the draft could have some serious ripple effects. If the Colts aren’t trading up, they need to cross their fingers that Tennessee doesn’t get bold and jump ahead of them.