Titans power rankings round-up after the 2022 NFL draft

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With the 2022 NFL draft in the books, analysts have been putting out power rankings that partly reflect the results of each team, and the Tennessee Titans are routinely moving in the wrong direction in them.

While the Titans’ draft class was well-received by most experts, the trade of wide receiver A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles on Day 1 is a big cause of the Titans’ slide in multiple NFL power rankings.

Once a top-10 team in the eyes of experts, the Titans are now landing in the middle of the pack. Here’s a look at where they fall in the NFL power rankings from different outlets.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: 16 (-6)

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Prisco: “It’s all about Ryan Tannehill handling himself in the key moments and big games. That’s why the pressure is on him, and certainly why they drafted Malik Willis.”

Dan Hanzus, NFL.com: 16 (-6)

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Hanzus: “A.J. Brown told ESPN that the stunning draft-night trade to the Eagles “wasn’t my fault” and that he wanted to stay in Tennessee. While GM Jon Robinson said contract discussions got to a point “where it was going to be hard to get a deal done,” Brown, who signed a four-year, $100 million deal with the Eagles, said to ESPN he would’ve remained a Titan if he had been offered $22 million per year. Regardless of how the negotiations played out, this much we know: Brown, with 24 receiving touchdowns at 24 years old, wanted to be paid like a star. The Titans weren’t interested in shelling out the gonzo wideout money that has defined this offseason, so they sent one of their most important players to the NFC and started over at the position with first-round pick Treylon Burks. Maybe this was ultimately the right play for Tennessee — financially, at least — but it’s also hard to say the Titans are a better team now than they were in January. In a loaded AFC, that would be very bad news.”

Dalton Miller, Pro Football Network: 17

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Miller: “Tennessee took a step back during the NFL Draft weekend, allowing the Colts to jump them in the divisional pecking order. While Treylon Burks is a fine receiving prospect, Tennessee hopes he can be 90% of what A.J. Brown is as a receiver right now. Roger McCreary was a fine selection from a talent standpoint, but where does he fit in the secondary? Nicholas Petit-Frere has a very long way to go in his development. Falling into Malik Willis could be the best thing that happened to them, and that’s a future prospect.”

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Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: 14 (-4)

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Iyer: “Speaking of the South, the Titans and Colts will again be in a tight battle of run-heavy, defense-leaning approaches toward success. The Colts should be better offensively with the young, durable Taylor. The Titans need to hope Derrick Henry’s wear and Ryan Tannehill’s playoff woes don’t carry over, while also needing to quickly recover with a new-look receiving corps minus game-changer A.J. Brown.”

Bleacher Report: 13

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B/R: “The Tennessee Titans are the two-time defending AFC South champions and last year’s No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. But as Moton said, after a draft that saw the team stunningly trade wide receiver A.J. Brown and select a quarterback in the third round, there could be trouble brewing in Nashville.”

“With the Colts upgrading at quarterback with the addition of Matt Ryan, a third straight division title is far from a sure thing.”

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