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Titans ready to put more power in their running game

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Will the 2015 Tennessee Titans be more of a power running team?

Three of their nine draft picks suggest they are working toward that.

Third-round offensive lineman Jeremiah Poutasi out of Utah is a powerful player who will start out with a chance to win the open right tackle spot.

Fourth-round fullback Jalston Fowler can lead a back through the line.

And fifth-round running back David Cobb is a one-cut runner who can find space between the tackles.

Marcus Mariota’s mobility will help the run game because he can contribute with his legs by offering a constant threat. He needs a solid rushing attack to balance things out, however.

The Titans have failed in building the offensive line in recent years, where several guys haven’t played up to standards and injuries dismantled the team last year.

If Poutasi wins the right tackle job, the Titans could field a line that features four young guys drafted since 2013 -- left tackle Taylor Lewan (first rounder in 2014), center Brian Schwenke (fourth rounder 2013), right guard Chance Warmack (first rounder in 2013) and Poutasi.

That’s a great deal of power, with left guard Andy Levitre the big concern as the guy who’s the worst fit if brute strength is indeed the big theme.

While Titans scout Marv Sunderland said on the team’s web site that he sees Poutasi as a guard, GM Ruston Webster said multiple times since the pick that the lineman will start off at right tackle.

An NFL personnel man I spoke to Monday said good things about Poutasi.

“Let him fail at right tackle, and if he does, you are left with a potential top starter at guard down the road,” he said. “I really liked him and would have taken him in Round 2 all day.”

As for Fowler, the Titans are emphasizing he can catch the ball well, can take some carries, and he’ll be a key special-teamer.

Per ESPN Stats & Info, the 2014 Titans used a fullback just 11.9 percent of the time.

In six seasons as head coach in Arizona and one as offensive coordinator in San Diego, coach Ken Whisenhunt called for personnel with a fullback in the mix 26.2 percent of the time.

Fowler won’t necessarily be a fullback for every play he’s on the field.

But if he’s what the Titans think he is and they are able to run a more balanced offense, the fullback usage should get closer to what it was when Whisenhunt was with the Cardinals and Chargers.