How the Titans got to the Divisional Round: Key draft picks, wins, 2022 NFL playoff results and more


The No. 1 seed Tennessee Titans are sitting pretty atop of the AFC in the 2022 NFL Playoffs, where the road to Super Bowl LVI will go through Nissan Stadium.

And in a top-heavy conference, the Titans are in the driver’s seat with Super Wild Card Weekend in the rearview mirror as the Cincinnati Bengals prepare to make their way south with momentum on their side after defeating the Las Vegas Raiders. But before the Titans earned their bye week by dominating the AFC South division and beating the brakes off the conference’s elite, there was some soul searching along the way.

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If it wasn’t for a 36-yard game-winning field goal by Randy Bullock in overtime against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2, Tennessee would’ve been staring down at an 0-2 start heading into a critical division matchup against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3. 

Nevertheless, Mike Vrabel’s team pushed through adversity behind their workhorse running back Derrick Henry, who ran for 937 yards and 10 touchdowns in just eight games before going down with a broken foot.

Without Henry, the Titans’ offense had its growing pains as they learned to evolve and win without their All-Pro running back. Defense became the team’s calling card down the stretch, winning four of their final five games and allowing just 11.3 points/game in those four wins.

Wild Card round results

  • No. 1 Seed in the AFC – First-Round bye

2021 NFL Draft picks

  • Round 1: No. 22 – Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
  • Round 2: No. 53 – Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State
  • Round 3: No. 92 (from GB) – Monty Rice, LB, Georgia
  • Round 3: No. 100 – Elijah Molden, CB, Washington
  • Round 4: No. 109 Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Louisville
  • Round 4: No. 135 (from GB) – Rashad Weaver, DE, Pittsburgh
  • Round 6: No. 205 – Racey McMath, WR, LSU
  • Round 6: No. 215 – Brady Breeze, S, Oregon

READ MORE: Titans draft picks 2021: All of Tennessee’s selections, NFL draft results

Key personnel: Coaches and players

  • Head coach: Mike Vrabel
  • Quarterback: Ryan Tannehill
  • Wide receiver: A.J. Brown
  • Running back: Derrick Henry (click here for latest updates on Henry’s health status)
  • Defensive end: Jeffery Simmons
  • Safety: Kevin Byard

Titans regular season results

  • Overall record: 12-5
  • Key wins/biggest win of the season: 27-3 victory against Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7

Titans recent playoff history

  • Second consecutive AFC South title… Lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card Round in the 2020 season

What are the Tennessee Titans’ chances this postseason?

The Titans learned how to win without their best player during the regular season, and now they’ll only grow stronger with Henry back in action ahead of the Divisional Round.

Tennessee’s 4-3 record against playoff teams included a couple of Super Bowl-caliber wins, and some head-scratching losses.

Titans Record vs. playoff teams: 4-3.


  • 34-31 vs. Buffalo Bills in Week 6
  • 27-3 vs. Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7
  • 28-16 vs. Las Angeles Rams in Week 9
  • 20-17 vs. San Francisco 49ers in Week 16


  • 38-13 vs. Arizona Cardinals in Week 1
  • 36-13 vs. New England Patriots in Week 12
  • 19-13 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15

The Cardinals’ Week 1 beatdown of the Titans stunned not just fans in Tennessee, but also the NFL. It felt like Arizona’s coming out party and as the Cardinals continued to dominate over the first half of the season, the loss seemed like a distant memory.

But it didn’t take long for Tennessee to find its groove.

Within a four-week span, the Titans took down the Bills, Chiefs and Rams, outscoring their opposition 89-56.

Losses to the Patriots in Week 12 and the Steelers in Week 15 put the AFC South division within reach for the Colts, who infamously fell apart down the stretch to miss the playoffs entirely, but the Titans still find themselves in a position to control their own destiny to play in Super Bowl LVI next month at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles

Standing in their way, however, is a Bengals team coming off a playoff win with a quarterback in Joe Burrow who looks to be the next coming of Joe Montana. But if Ryan Tannehill can continue his career renaissance in Music City and take down Burrow’s Bengals, the AFC will be truly be theirs for the taking as they host the AFC Championship Game as the conference’s top seed.

Chris Simms’ 2023 NFL Draft CB Rankings: Devon Witherspoon highlights loaded draft class


The 2023 NFL Draft is growing nearer, with just weeks remaining until teams make selections that could alter the future of their franchise forever.

A solid secondary is crucial to any team’s defensive prowess, and for the teams looking to tighten up in coverage, this year’s draft is the one to do so.

The 2023 NFL Draft cornerback class is an incredibly deep one, but which corner will be first off the board? Chris Simms unveiled his 2023 NFL Draft Cornerback rankings this week on the Chris Simms Unbuttoned podcast, posting Illinois’ Devon Witherspoon at the top of his list of corners in this year’s crop.

But trailing Witherspoon very closely are four other potential NFL superstars, with Simms ranking Michigan’s DJ Turner at No. 2, Oregon’s Christian Gonzalez at No. 3, Maryland’s Deonte Banks at No. 4 and Georgia’s Kelee Ringo at No. 5.

The 2023 NFL Draft will begin on Thursday, April 27, and end on Saturday, April 29. The first round will take place on Thursday with rounds two and three airing on Friday and rounds four through seven on Saturday. Click here for Simms’ quarterback rankings,and here for his list of top wide receivers.

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Simms’ Top Five CB prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft

Tier One

1. Devon Witherspoon, Illinois

2. DJ Turner, Michigan

3. Christian Gonzalez, Oregon

Tier Two

4. Deonte Banks, Maryland

Tier Three

5. Kelee Ringo, Georgia

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Simms Breaks Down 2023 Draft CB Rankings

The following are highlights from Simms’ CB draft rankings. For Simms’ in-depth analysis, read below for a breakdown on each prospect and be sure to subscribe to Chris Simms Unbuttoned for an unfiltered look at the NFL, featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown, and stories from a life in and around football.

No. 1: Devon Witherspoon, Illinois

What Simms said: “This guy is must-see TV. He’s up there with one of the most twitchy, sudden people I’ve ever seen in my life to the point where when he takes off, you’re like, ‘Wait, is that real? Did he really get to full speed in half a step?’ … Bump or off, both are phenomenol —  it’s rare to have that. He’s got very good play strength for a guy that’s 5’11” and a half at 181 lbs. He doesn’t know that, he thinks he’s 220 … It’s efficient and easy. He’s sudden and can see the ability to accelerate whether it’s downhill or sticking the foot in the ground and changing direction. As compared to my No. 2 and No. 3 guy, he might be a hair tighter in his hips, but his twitchiness and explosion and acceleration … you just start to go, ‘What does this guy not have, besides the fact that he’s not 6’2” or over 200 lbs.’ He’s phenomenol.”

No. 2: DJ Turner, Michigan

What Simms said: “To me, (DJ Turner is) the most technically sound corner in the draft. There’s nobody better at technique. Like Witherspoon, the ability to mirror receivers at the line of scrimmage, the quick feet, it’s phenomenol. His hips are better than Witherspoon … His ability to flip those hips, turn and break on the ball, it’s right up there. It’s actually more smooth hip-wise than it is for Devon Witherspoon … What more can you say about the guy? Start-stop ability, amazing. Make-up speed, amazing. Other than Witherspoon, I think he’s put in the second-most tough spots out of anybody I’ve watched in this. He plays man-to-man, in your face a ton against big-time receivers. He’s awesome defending double moves. He could be the best nickel or outside guy, and he’s also the fastest guy in the draft. He’s got it all.”

No. 3: Christian Gonzalez, Oregon

What Simms said: “There’s not much to pick apart here … He’s got a little more size and meat on his bones. The Tee Higgins of the world, the bigger receivers of the world, they’re gonna have a harder time pushing him around and doing that stuff. He’s got incredible ball skills … He looks prototype. He looks Darrelle Revis, Champ Bailey-ish in his uniform …  He just wasn’t as edgy as the other guys … He’s gonna match up better with DeAndre Hopkins than the other two. But I don’t know if he’ll match up better with Jaylen Waddle or Ja’Marr Chase than the other two … But his technique is real. He’s a top-20 pick. You talk size, technique and straight speed, of course this guy is one of the top corners in the draft.” 

No. 4: Deonte Banks, Maryland

What Simms said: “He has more measurables like Gonzalez. 6 foot, 197 lbs., there’s a thickness to him and a power and strength element that certainly jumps out. Let alone, speed is Real Deal Holyfield … man-to-man, great legs, runs easy … He’s comfortable in his speed. He’s never panicked. He’s comfortable in going, ‘You have a step on me? That’s fine, I’m good,’ … But he’s also incredible, like Witherspoon and Turner, at getting on top of people when they try to run a go-route. No one can ever really get around him for the most part … He’s sticky as hell, he’s got very good feet, but he doesn’t know how to use his hands at all yet. So he’s not really that great at jamming people at the line of scrimmage, but he’s never not there … I thought his ability to play the ball and create PBUs in those 50/50 situations where the quarterback tries to throw the ball back shoulder and all that, he’s got a great feel and vision to be able to cover and see the throw at the same time that I was very impressed with.”

No. 5: Kelee Ringo, Georgia

What Simms said: “When you turn on the film, you go, ‘What? This guy’s a corner, he’s not a safety?’ Because he has a prototype safety vibe … Against the bigger, straight-liner guys, nobody’s gonna push this dude around. That’s certainly not going to be an issue, that along with the straight speed. Hey, the change of direction stuff is not beautiful. He’s a little heavy-footed because he’s a bigger guy … but it’s not bad … When he opens up, he can really go; obviously with a 4.36 second 40 time … He’s very smooth as far as an athlete overall.” 

For more preview content of the 2023 NFL Draft, stay tuned to Chris Simms UnbuttonedProFootballTalk and NBC Sports EDGE for all the latest updates, player analysis and mock drafts.

Chris Simms’ 2023 NFL Draft Position Rankings: The top QBs, WRs, RBs, and more ahead of draft weekend


The 2023 NFL Draft takes place on Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29 in Kansas City, Missouri. Click here for the full first-round draft order to find out when your team is picking.

Ahead of this year’s draft, Chris Simms has already started analyzing the top prospects by position on the Chris Simms Unbuttoned podcast. So far, Simms has revealed his highly anticipated list of the top 5 quarterback prospects and wide receivers. See below to find out who made the top 5 names for each position and be sure to check back for updates!

Be sure to subscribe to Chris Simms Unbuttoned for more on the 2023 NFL Draft as well as an unfiltered look at the NFL, featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown, and stories from a life in and around football.

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Chris Simms’ 2023 NFL Draft Position Rankings:

Chris Simms’ 2023 NFL Draft QB Rankings:

  1. C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
  2. Bryce Young, Alabama
  3. Hendon Hooker, Tennessee
  4. Anthony Richardson, Florida
  5. Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA and Will Levis, Kentucky

Chris Simms’ 2023 NFL Draft WR Rankings:

  1. Zay Flowers, Boston College
  2. Jaxon Smith-Njibga, Ohio State
  3. Quentin Jonston, TCU
  4. Michael Wilson, Stanford
  5. Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee

Chris Simms 2023 NFL Draft Cornerback Rankings

  1. Devon Witherspoon, Illinois
  2. DJ Turner, Michigan
  3. Christian Gonzalez, Oregon
  4. Deonte Banks, Maryland
  5. Kelee Ringo, Georgia

How can I watch the 2023 NFL Draft live?

ESPN, ABC, and NFL Network will air all seven rounds of the 2023 NFL Draft.

What time does the NFL Draft start?

The first round of the 2023 NFL Draft will get underway on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. Rounds two and three will commence Friday at 7 p.m. ET, with Saturday’s final rounds at 12 p.m.

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