Finding a pass rusher is critical for the Titans' future success. Paye has a rare combination of size (6-foot-4, 272 pounds) and short-area quickness that, with a more focused rush plan, could cause O-linemen fits at the next level.
It's difficult to think of anything other than pass rusher for the Titans. The Titans were near the bottom of the NFL in pressures this season. Only the Vikings, Bengals, Jaguars and Lions were below them. That's not the company you want to keep if you're making the playoff push the Titans are capable of. Owusu-Koramoah isn't a traditional edge rush player. He's capable of dropping back in coverage too.
The Titans ranked 31st in pressure rate (17.3 percent) and dead last in sack rate (2.9 percent) in 2020. Barmore should help mitigate that vulnerability from the jump, providing pocket-collapsing power and a quick first step to knife through the line. Dropping the Crimson Tide star onto a line anchored by Jeffery Simmons would give Tennessee a formidable pair of interior pass rushers. That duo could help unlock the team's outside rush, too.
He'll need to get more productive off the edge after totaling 11½ sacks in 28 career games for the Wolverines. But Paye appears to have the tools to get better and certainly has the size (6-3, 270) to play in four- or three-man fronts for Tennessee, which managed only 19 sacks in 2020.
This has to be an edge rusher, right? The Titans had a putrid pass rush last season, finishing with 19 total sacks, which was only two more than the last-ranked Bengals. They got very little from free-agent signing Jadeveon Clowney, and leading sacker Harold Landry finished with only 5.5. That's not good enough for a team that thinks it's a Super Bowl contender. Six-foot-7 Rousseau, another opt-out, had 15.5 sacks in a breakout 2019 season, but he doesn't have an elite first step and needs to add some moves to his repertoire. With only one year of production and no live football in a year, he's another wild card in his class. But again, teams love pass-rushers, so he could be in demand.
The Jadeveon Clowney and Vic Beasley Jr. signings were a flop for Tennessee, which finished the regular season ranked 29th in defensive DVOA. The Titans also entered the wild-card round with just 19 sacks, tied for the fewest by any playoff team in NFL history. Oweh, an athletic marvel with reported 4.3 speed, might just be scratching the surface of his potential.