The 2019 NFL Draft is quickly approaching, which means the Tennessee Titans are narrowing their list of players they could potentially select with the No. 19 overall pick.
One of those players is Notre Dame defensive lineman Jerry Tillery, who recently took a pre-draft visit with the Titans.
Some pre-draft visits: #Oregon edge Justin Hollins is headed to the #Broncos now for a visit, I’m told. … #NotreDame DL Jerry Tillery is visiting the #Titans on a 30 visit. They pick No. 19. … #ColoradoSt WR Preston Williams is visiting with the #49ers today and tomorrow.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 14, 2019
Tillery is a 6-foot-6/295 lb interior defensive lineman. Over four seasons at Notre Dame, Tillery accumulated 133 total tackles (23.0 for loss) and 12.5 sacks (including 7 as a senior last season).
The Louisiana native was recruited to Notre Dame as an offensive lineman, but moved to the defensive side of the ball shortly after signing with the Fighting Irish.
Here’s what NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein has to say about Tillery.
Tillery is a projection-based prospect with first-class traits and dominant potential, but he’s still searching for more consistency from game to game. While his frame is suited for a role as an end in a classic 3-4 scheme, he has plenty of tape showing he shouldn’t be scheme dependent on the next level. Scouts would like to see more dominant tape considering his size and power, but if he takes coaching and learns to unleash his hands, he could become an unruly interior force and good three-down starter.
Most draft projections have Tillery going somewhere in the late first or early second round.
Tillery had surgery to repair a torn labrum in March (he reportedly played eight games with the injury last season). But according to Pro Football Talk, his recovery from the surgery has “went well” and has “healed”.
It’s certainly possible that Tennessee’s interest in Tillery, who is rated by The Draft Network as the No. 31 overall player in the draft, could indicate that general manager Jon Robinson is willing to trade down in the first round.
Of course, with Robinson we know to always expect the unexpected. I’d honestly be shocked if the Titans don’t make some sort of move in this year’s draft.
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