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Tennessee Titans starting lineup projections

The Titans expect Marcus Mariota to lead the team and offense to start the season. AP Photo/Mark Zaleski

Quarterback (Marcus Mariota): The Titans expect the No. 2 pick in the draft to learn quickly and lead the team right out of the gate.

Running back (Bishop Sankey): Likely to start at the beginning of the season, but Sankey will lose carries to rookie David Cobb.

Tight end (Craig Stevens): The Titans missed the blocker in a big way last year and he is now healthy again.

Tight end (Delanie Walker): The team's best offensive player in 2014 should be a key weapon for Mariota.

Wide receiver (Kendall Wright): Wright has shown he can be dynamic and explosive, but he needs to run the routes the way Ken Whisenhunt wants and do better staying on his feet.

Wide receiver (Harry Douglas): Big speedsters Dorial Green-Beckham and Justin Hunter need to play, but Douglas is proven.

Left tackle (Taylor Lewan): Showed in six starts he is what they thought he was when they spent their first-rounder on him in 2014.

Left guard (Andy Levitre): Levitre has been a major underachiever in his first two seasons since signing a lucrative deal likely to get one last crack at the job.

Center (Brian Schwenke): Injuries have gotten in the way, but he's a strong guy who should be in the lineup.

Right guard (Chance Warmack): He was one of the few players who was better in the final stretch of the season than earlier in 2014.

Right tackle (Byron Bell): The veteran may have the inside track early as the team gets third-round pick Jeremiah Poutasi for the role.

Defensive end (DaQuan Jones): He has overtaken Ropati Pitoitua and is expected to help the run defense immediately.

Defensive tackle (Sammie Hill): Hill missed most offseason work with a knee injury, but the team was very high on him in 2014.

Defensive end (Jurrell Casey): Casey is a very good player sure to benefit from improved defense and pass rush.

Left outside linebacker (Derrick Morgan): He is expected to be better in his second season as a 3-4 linebacker.

Inside linebacker (Avery Williamson): Williamson played well as a rookie thrust into action a year ago.

Inside linebacker (Zach Brown): Brown missed all but the first series of 2014, his speed should be a boon to the Titans defense.

Right outside linebacker (Brian Orakpo): He should be the team's top pass-rusher if he can stay healthy.

Cornerback (Jason McCourty): McCourty is a player who actually did pretty well against No. 1 receivers in 2014.

Free safety (Michael Griffin): Griffin is a savvy veteran who still needs to be surer with angles and tackling.

Strong safety (Da'Norris Searcy): The Titans think the free agent from Buffalo can be a force against the run and pass.

Cornerback (Perrish Cox): Cox is a free agent from the 49ers who was really good throughout the offseason.

Kicker (Ryan Succop): He is a steady guy who didn't get a great deal of chances at field goals last year.

Punter (Brett Kern): Kern is another steady guy who is usually able to help the Titans with field position.

Punt returner (Dexter McCluster): He was not impactful as returner or running back in his first season with the team, and he has to be a factor in his second.

Kick returner (Dexter McCluster): There will be a lot of candidates, but with a lot of running backs McCluster may be best concentrating on returns.