Jaguars: Worst-case first round pick for each AFC South foe in the draft

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Tyler Linderbaum #65 of the Iowa Hawkeyes at Maryland Stadium. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /

Tennesse Titans – 1st round, 26th overall: Tyler Linderbaum, OL.

It’s hard to tell where Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum will land in the draft. While he could go as high as fifth overall, he could also be available late in the first round. If he were to fall down to the second round or the Jags managed to trade down, they should definitely target him, as they need a long-term replacement for Brandon Linder who just called it quits. However, the former Hawkeye will be a long shot if they stay put at No. 1 and could be gone by the time they pick at No. 33.

Linderbaum is Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded interior offensive lineman in this year’s draft but concerns about his arm length and not-optimal height could push him down on teams’ big boards. One team that could take the Iowa product is the Tennesse Titans.

Now, the Titans aren’t a high-scoring offensive powerhouse and are instead built to run the ball and wear down opposing defenses. For that to happen, Derrick Henry has to stay healthy and their offensive line needs to be able to open lanes. Linderbaum could help them with the latter.

The Titans could draft a wide receiver in the first round but after acquiring Robert Woods from the Los Angeles Rams, it’s not as big of a need as revamping their offensive line. Linderbaum would be a solid pick at No. 26 and it would force the Jaguars to wait until probably the third round to address the center position.

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