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Top 10 Titans 25 and Under

A disproportionate amount of young players who have produced for this team have done so on defense.

NASHVILLE – We all know the NFL offseason is also the league’s unofficial ranking season.

So, as June slowly creeps toward July – and with training camp still nearly a month away – expect to see a proliferation of team, coach, player and position rankings concocted to create speculation.

Why not, for lack of anything else going on?

The 33rd Team, a website created by former NFL executives Mike Tannenbaum and Joe Banner weighed in Tuesday with their rankings of the league’s top 25 players under 25.

There were no current Titans on the list, though wide receiver A.J. Brown – traded from Tennessee to Philadelphia in April – came in at No. 17 overall. Defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons is currently 24 and unquestionably deserving of a spot, but he will turn 25 next month and, therefore, won’t be under 25 at any time during the season.

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That doesn’t mean we can’t create our own list for the Titans.

First disclaimer: This one is built more on what players have actually done for the Titans in their young careers – as opposed to what they might do when they get on the field. It also will feature players 25 and under, which allows for Simmons – and a few others – to be included.

So, with that logic in mind, we’ll leave the 2022 rookie class – which includes wide receiver Treylon Burks, cornerback Roger McCreary and quarterback Malik Willis among others – entirely out of the equation. In addition, some potentially high-upside players from last season’s draft class – like cornerback Caleb Farley, tackle Dillon Radunz and edge rusher Rashad Weaver – were downgraded or eliminated simply because we haven’t seen enough sample size.

One thing worth noting: It appears the core of strong young players – at least at this point – is more heavily weighted toward defense. Four of the top five and eight of the top 10 listed here play on that side of the ball. The 2022 draft class may change that in years to come, as it includes Burks, Willis, tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere, running back Hassan Haskins, tight end Chig Okonkwo and wide receiver Kyle Philips.

Here’s the list of the top 10 Titans currently 25 or younger, which, again, is based primarily on production as opposed to potential:

Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons (98) lays on the ground in celebration after the deflected pass of New Orleans Saints quarterback Trevor Siemian (15) during the second half at Nissan Stadium.
Tennessee Titans cornerback Kristian Fulton (26) reacts after a play against the Arizona Cardinals at Nissan Stadium.
Tennessee Titans defensive back Amani Hooker (37) takes the field before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
Tennessee Titans offensive guard Nate Davis (64) sits on the bench during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 in Kansas City, Mo.
Tennessee Titans linebacker David Long Jr. (51) breaks up a pass intended for Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson (25) during the fourth quarter of the game at TIAA Bank Field Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Tennessee Titans cornerback Elijah Molden (24) breaks up a pass intended for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Jaydon Mickens (85) during the fourth quarter of an NFL preseason game at Raymond James Stadium Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021 in Tampa, Fla.
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine celebrates a Titans touchdown during first half action on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Indianapolis Colts And Tennessee Titans At Nissan Stadium In Nashville Tenn
Tennessee Titans linebacker Monty Rice (56) stops Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) during overtime at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Naquan Jones (90) celebrates a sack of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) during the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.
Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Teair Tart (93) walks to the field before the game before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Nissan Stadium.