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Tennessee Titans need left tackle; If not Notre Dame giant Joe Alt, then who?

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NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Titans are desperate for a franchise left tackle and have options if they choose to address this position of need with the No. 7 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

In most mock drafts so far, the Titans select Notre Dame tackle Joe Alt, who is considered by most experts to be the top tackle in the draft. But what if the Los Angeles Chargers, two picks ahead of Tennessee at No. 5, take Alt? What if the Titans trade down and add draft picks?

In fact, offensive tackle is one of the deepest positions in the draft. Most draft boards expect five to seven tackles to be selected in the first round. With Alt gone, the Titans could consider Alabama's JC Latham, another mock draft pick, or Georgia's Amarius Mims.

It's no secret that the Titans need better pass protection. General manager Ran Carthon has already added reinforcements in free agency — wide receiver Calvin Ridley, running back Tony Pollard, center Lloyd Cushenberry — to support second-year quarterback Levis. But he still needs a big guy to watch his back. Is that Joe Alt or someone else?

Here is a list of some of the top tackles available in the April 25-27 draft.

Joe Alt
Notre Dame
Height:
6-9
Weight: 321
Details: Pro Football Focus (PFF), the sports analytics platform that grades every player and every game, received an Alt rating of 90.7 last season and 91.4 the season before. In 2023, he allowed one sack, two quarterback hits and two hurries in 368 passing snaps for the Irish. Old is the player with the number 5 pick – for all positions – on PFF’s draft board.
Projected lap: First.

Olumuyiwa Fashanu
Penn State
Height:
6-6
Weight: 319
Details: According to Pro Football Focus, Fashanu allowed no sacks and only 10 pressures in 382 passing snaps last season. He was a consensus first-team All-American last season and was the Big Ten's offensive lineman of the year. Fashanu is ranked No. 18 on PFF's overall draft board.
Projected lap: First.

Taliese Fuaga
Oregon State
Height:
6-6
Weight: 332
Details: “Fuaga's handwork is exceptional as a pass pro and needs to stay that way as he lacks the range to recover after a loss,” Lance Zierlein said on NFL.com. “A team could use him as a defensive lineman to improve interior protection, but he is best suited at right tackle, where he should become a good starter.” Fuaga is ranked No. 12 on PFF's overall draft board.
Projected lap: First.

Troy Fautanu
Washington
Height:
6-4
Weight: 317
Details: Fautanu allowed three sacks in 1,255 pass-blocking snaps in his college career. Experts believe he is capable of playing all five offensive positions due to his flexibility, agility and coordination. Fautanu is ranked No. 14 on PFF's entire draft board.
Projected lap: First.

JC Latham
Alabama
Height:
6-6
Weight: 360
Details: “Latham is an offensive lineman who isn’t seen often,” Pro Football Focus wrote. “He will only be 21 years old in his rookie season, but he already has two years of starting experience in the SEC. Although Latham has conceded 18 penalties over the last two years and has room for improvement in some expected parts of the position, Latham is a freshman. His rare combination of size, speed and finesse has made him an all-around trench player. Latham is ranked No. 19 on PFF's overall draft board.
Projected lap: First.

Amarius Mims
Georgia
Height:
6-7
Weight: 340
Details: “It's very rare for him to be clearly beaten by a rusher, and he has the recovery skills to do something about it if it happens,” Zierlein wrote on NFL.com. “Mims still needs to develop, but he is a day one candidate and has the traits and talent to be considered at both tackle positions. He has a high ceiling, but questions about his lack of experience could dampen early expectations.” Mims is ranked No. 22 on PFF's overall draft board.
Projected lap: First.

Tyler Guyton
Oklahoma
Height:
6-7
Weight: 328
Details: “Guyton is a young, inexperienced and green tackle prospect with elite physical skills and flashes of dominance that can get him on the field immediately,” Bleacher Report’s NFL scouting department said. “He can eventually develop into a top starter in the NFL, but he needs to be slowly moved into a conservative scheme and an experienced O-line room before he can fill that void.” Guyton is No. 30 overall in the draft Board of PFF.
Projected lap: too late as first or second.

Graham Barton
duke
Height:
6-5
Weight: 314
Details: “He has a mean streak in the running game with the leg drive to bury defenders,” PFF wrote. “He is a good athlete off the ball and in space to be an effective second-level blocker. Barton struggles with strength and needs to improve his anchoring against centre-backs. He's experienced at tackling, but his foot speed and length are issues.” Barton is No. 25 on PFF's overall draft board.
Projected lap: too late as first or second.

Jordan Morgan
Arizona
Height:
6-5
Weight: 312
Details: “He is a top athlete with impeccable leverage, balance and flexion skills – and he has not lost any mobility in 2023 after his return from a torn cruciate ligament. There are still areas where Morgan can improve,” Pro Football Network wrote. “He is still refining his run blocking arsenal beyond just zone concepts. Meanwhile, as a pass protector, he's still learning how to win and recover with independent hand usage, and his non-elite length limits his margin for error.” Morgan is ranked No. 40 on PFF's overall draft board.
Projected lap: too late as first or second.

Kingsley Suamataia
Brigham Young
Height:
6-4
Weight: 333
Details: “Suamataia has the physical ability of a starting tackle with an undeveloped skill set that relies more on blitzes than proven consistency,” Bleacher Report’s Brandon Thorn wrote. “But he will only be 21 when he is drafted and he has a chance to put the finishing touches on his game and fill that void within his first contract in an RPO/play-action based system that will help him can help to progress slowly.” Suamataia is No. 45 on the PFF draft board.
Projected lap: too late as first or second.

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