Apr 27, 2023 - Sports

Titans pick Northwestern OT Peter Skoronski

Peter Skoronski. Photo: Todd Rosenberg/Getty Images

The Titans picked offensive lineman Peter Skoronski of Northwestern in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night.

  • The team stuck with the No. 11 pick despite chatter that they might trade up for a quarterback.

Why it matters: The Titans are rebuilding their offensive line in 2023. Skoronski is versatile addition who is ready to start right away.

What they're saying: While discussing the selection Thursday night, general manager Ran Carthon said Skoronski "checks all the boxes for us."

  • Head coach Mike Vrabel said the draft strategy was driven by the goal to build "a complete team."
  • "We have a lot of work to do," Vrabel said. "We're just getting started, but I think it's a great start."

💭 Axios Sports editor Kendall Baker's thought bubble: The Titans have for years hung their hat on being dominant up front and winning the line of scrimmage. Skoronski, who can play both tackle and guard, will help in that department.

Of note: Skoronski is the highest-drafted player out of Northwestern since All-Pro tackle Chris Hinton went 4th overall in 1983, per ESPN.

What we're watching: The Titans have five more picks still to come in the 2023 draft.

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