NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The 2015 Tennessee Titans were the NFL's worst team.
After a few weeks of free-agent moves, just how much better are they?
Let's compare the best lineup they could have fielded last year, granting everyone good health, and a projected pre-NFL draft lineup.
We'll go 12 deep on each side, offering the best three-wide and two-tight possibilities on offense and a base defense plus a nickelback.
The Titans have lost only Sensabaugh, who's not someone they wanted to keep. So it's hard to say they have gotten worse anywhere.
The draft should change right tackle (and maybe left tackle too, if Laremy Tunsil is the No. 1 pick). It could change the second starting cornerback from Perrish Cox (or newcomer Antwon Blake), who I think would be better fighting for time at nickel with McCain. It should add depth behind Orakpo and Morgan.
In this before and after, the Titans are better with upgrades: Murray, who led the NFL in rushing two seasons ago, over the pedestrian Andrews at running back. The durable Jones over injury-prone Schwenke at center; A guy who maximized his chances in Miami in Matthews over Douglas or Justin Hunter as an outside receiver, McCain, who excelled in one previous season under Dick LeBeau, as the nickel instead of Sensabaugh. GM Jon Robinson said the Titans view Blake as a guy who can compete for an outside corner spot, which could threaten Cox. Wesley Woodyard did some good work last season, but Spence will have a chance to challenge him for the spot next to Williamson.
This team as it stands should also be better with maturation: Green-Beckham should be a better player after going though the league once, though I have trouble envisioning him as a No. 1 who consistently demands extra defensive attention in his second year. I flip to Poutasi at guard, expecting that a new staff, scheme and position coach in Russ Grimm will be able to help get more out of him with a fresh start and full offseason at guard instead of right tackle.
In their top 24, the Titans should have four new veterans. The first-round pick should start immediately, and the second-rounder should too given this roster. Ideally at least one other pick will press for a spot in that 24.
Seven of 24 would be 29 percent, a pretty significant turnover at the highest levels of the depth chart.