Projected 2015 starters: Tennessee Titans


Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here.

Tennessee Titans Projected Starters
  Offense Defense
  QB Marcus Mariota DE Jurrell Casey
  RB David Cobb NT Sammie Hill
  WR1 Kendall Wright DE Ropati Pitoitua
  WR2 Justin Hunter OLB Brian Orakpo
  WR3 Dorial Green-Beckham ILB Avery Williamson
  TE1 Delanie Walker ILB Zach Brown
  TE2 Craig Stevens OLB Derrick Morgan
  LT Taylor Lewan CB1 Jason McCourty
  G Andy Levitre CB2 Perrish Cox
  C Brian Schwenke CB3 Coty Sensabaugh
  G Chance Warmack SS Michael Griffin
  RT Jeremiah Poutasi FS Da'Norris Searcy

» The Titans turned down windfall offers to draft Marcus Mariota. The rookie is going to get every chance to start over Zach Mettenberger, who was not nearly as impressive as the team led us to believe in the smokescreen portion of the draft process.

» Bishop Sankey failed to run successfully between the tackles or break off big plays as a rookie. Don't be surprised if fifth-round rookie David Cobb takes over as the big back, nudging Sankey into a change-of-pace role.

» In an ideal scenario, second-round rookie Dorial Green-Beckham and enigmatic third-year wide receiver Justin Hunter will nail down the second and third spots behind Kendall Wright. If they end up competing for the same job, though, veterans Hakeem Nicks and Harry Douglas will pick up snaps. There are a lot of unanswered questions here. Are Hunter and DGB competing for the "X," with Nicks as the "Z" receiver? Is Wright ticketed for the "Z" or slot? If he's the "Z," does that leave Douglas as the slot?

» Veteran Wesley Woodyard could be the odd man out at linebacker. Avery Williamson emerged as a solid starter as a rookie and athletic marvel Zach Brown is back healthy after tearing his pectoral muscle four snaps into the 2014 season. Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan are locked in as the bookend edge rushers.

» The secondary has been bolstered by the free-agent additions of cornerbacks Perrish Cox and safety Da'Norris Searcy.

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