Despite an underwhelming offensive performance in 2017, the Tennessee Titans don’t have many needs on that side of the ball, outside of making some slight improvements to the interior offensive line. Defensively they’ve got to get better down the middle, and adding a young, explosive pass rusher could be a priority as well. Using the FanSpeak On The Clock Mock Draft Simulator, here is one realistic scenario that would make sense for the Titans in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Round 1, Pick 25: Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia
The Titans can upgrade the guard spot opposite Quinton Spain, and Wynn is easily one of the 20 best players in the class. It’s a no-brainer pick if he’s still on the board, as he would help their line move to more multiple concepts under offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, as well as give the team a technically advanced, ready-to-play starter for an offense with a lot of pieces.
Round 2, Pick 57: Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State
Nnadi may not be a sexy pick, but he’s a powerful run stuffer who is immovable at the point of attack and incredibly technical in his ability to defend gaps. He’s the perfect fit next to Jurrell Casey and should immediately buoy the Titans run defense as an upgrade over Sylvester Williams.
Round 3, Pick 89: Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State
The Titans may lose Avery Williamson in free agency, and Leonard would be a suitable replacement with his ideal measurables and rangy build. He’s physical and a smooth athlete, and although the mental side of the game is still developing, Leonard has shown the ability to become a 3-down linebacker.
Round 4, Pick 127: Jaylen Samuels, RB, North Carolina State
Samuels isn’t a tight end or a great athlete, he’s a running back that will need time to develop at the position after receiving minimal carries with the Wolfpack. That said, Samuels has third down capabilities with strong hands and experience in the slot, and his pass protection looked good in Mobile at the Senior Bowl.
Round 5, Pick 164: Holton Hill, CB, Texas
Hill is an ideally built cornerback with good athleticism, but his game is still raw and there are off-the-field concerns that could torpedo his stock. With Logan Ryan and Adoree’ Jackson in place as starters, Hill could come along slowly in Tennessee under defensive coordinator Dean Pees.
Round 6, Pick 202: James Hearns, EDGE, Louisville
The Titans may end up prioritizing pass rusher earlier in the draft, depending on what they think of third-year players Kevin Dodd and Aaron Wallace. They need some youth to develop behind Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan, and Hearns is a player who won’t test great, but has some pass rush ability and good hand usage that could make an impact right away in a situational role.