The Titans could be planning to spoil the Colts draft plans

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs the ball past Indianapolis Colts linebacker
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs the ball past Indianapolis Colts linebacker / Andrew Nelles / / USA

The Indianapolis Colts are in a good spot in the 2023 NFL Draft, but their AFC South rival, the Tennessee Titans, could be about to spoil their draft plans.

With the 2023 NFL Draft now a few weeks away, it’s looking like the Indianapolis Colts will enter draft night with the No. 4 overall pick. With that pick, the Colts should be able to select the third quarterback of the draft, which could be very promising. However, draft night brings chaos, and anything could happen once teams are on the clock.

Currently, the Carolina Panthers have the No. 1 pick, and the Houston Texans have the No. 2 pick. Both teams are expected to pick quarterbacks. If things go according to plan for Indianapolis, the Arizona Cardinals will pick a defender at No. 3, and then Indy will draft a quarterback with the fourth pick. However, it doesn’t seem like things will go that simply for the Colts.

Since the Cardinals aren’t interested in drafting a quarterback, there have been several reports about Arizona trading the No. 3 pick to a quarterback-needy team. If the team that gets the No. 3 pick isn’t Indy, Indianapolis would have to settle for the fourth quarterback off the board. Fittingly, one of the teams reportedly trying to jump the Colts is their rival, the Tennessee Titans.

Titans could be trading for the No. 3 pick to draft a quarterback

Recently, on an episode the “Move the Sticks Podcast,” Daniel Jeremiah revealed that he’s been told that Tennessee and the Las Vegas Raiders could be attempting to trade up to the No. 3 spot. Of course, both teams would be moving up with the plan to select a quarterback.

There were reports that the Raiders were trying to trade for the No. 1 pick but were eventually outbid by the Panthers. It makes sense that they would also try to make a trade up to No. 3. It also makes sense for Tennessee, who is at somewhat of a crossroads at the quarterback position. Ryan Tannehill turns 35 this offseason and has one season remaining on his contract. The Titans also seem to be unsure about Malik Willis, who’ll be entering his second season.

If a quarterback that Tennessee is in love with is available at No. 3, it would make sense for the Titans to trade up. This obviously wouldn’t be good for the Colts, because it would limit their quarterback options. The quarterback that Tennessee is trading up for could be the same one that Indianapolis is hoping to land.

That means the Colts will either have to outbid the Titans just to move up one spot, or Indy would just have to settle with taking the fourth quarterback. Ultimately, Indianapolis is likely just hoping that the Cardinals stay put and select a defender. That way, Indy could select QB3 at No. 4.

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