NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans (3-4) enter their bye week mired in a three-game losing streak. Fortunately for coach Mike Vrabel and company, the AFC South is still within reach because the three other teams in the division have at least three losses.
As the season progresses, more needs come to light for general manager Jon Robinson, who will be armed with six selections in the 2019 draft. Here is a look at the team's four biggest needs and a prospect who could fill the void.
Interior offensive lineman
Prospect to watch: Ross Pierschbacher | Alabama | 6-foot-4, 309 pounds
Why he fits: Tennessee is desperately in need of help along the interior offensive line. Having started 43 games at left guard, Pierschbacher is an experienced player who will be able to come right in and compete for a starting spot. The fact he has transitioned to center as a senior shows his versatility.
Tennessee's interior trio of left guard Quinton Spain, center Ben Jones, and right guard Josh Kline have struggled at times this season. Getting a young prospect with experience in a zone-blocking scheme like Pierschbacher to push them is the ideal situation.
Prospect to watch: Anthony Johnson | Buffalo | 6-2, 207 pounds
Why he fits: Johnson is a legitimate downfield threat, especially running posts and seam routes from the slot. He can rely on his basketball background, which includes an All-State selection at South Pointe High School (Rock Hill, South Carolina), to make contested catches on back-shoulder throws along the boundary. Johnson is also experienced working with a quarterback who can extend plays like the Titans' Marcus Mariota thanks to his time at Buffalo with standout passer Tyree Jackson.
Prospect to watch: Josh Allen | Kentucky | 6-5, 260 pounds
Why he fits: With Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo getting older, it's time to address the outside linebacker position. The Titans need to add a pass-rusher to pair with Harold Landry for years to come. Allen is a force coming off the edge whether it be from a stand-up rushing position or with his hand in the dirt. He is also athletic enough to drop into coverage, making him an ideal fit for the responsibilities that Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees requires of his outside linebackers.
Prospect to watch: Kaden Smith | Stanford | 6-5, 252 pounds
Why he fits: Smith has been a solid pass-catcher for Stanford, adding to the school's "Tight End U" nickname. He has come up with some big catches down the field while flexed into the slot as well as making tough catches in the middle as a traditional in-line tight end. Smith's versatile playmaking ability and sure hands would be a much-needed addition to the tight end unit. His big body would make him a welcome target for Mariota in the red zone.