The Titans had a bad interior offensive line last year, and had to call on more depth than any team has.
I had downplayed the odds of the Titans drafting a center. Two things contributed to me being wrong -- Schwenke’s availability and, clearly, the team’s long-term view of Fernando Velasco.
Velasco got and signed a restricted tender worth just over $2 million, but would now appear to qualify as a one-year stopgap starting center at best. He signed it as the offseason program started, so it’s guaranteed.
Still, it would be better for the Titans long-term if Velasco gets beat out by Schwenke right away and the Titans start a line of Michael Roos, Levitre, Schwenke, Warmack and David Stewart, left to right.
Todd McShay just raved about the pick on ESPN, saying Schwenke was the nastiest, toughest offensive linemen he’s seen on tape all season.
Roos and Stewart need to have bounce-back seasons, and with upgraded support between them it should be easier to do.
A pretty big weakness is set to be a major strength, and depth should be solid as well.