If the Tennessee Titans are going to win the AFC South in 2019, they’ll need some breakout performances from some of their younger players.

Fortunately for the Titans, ESPN is predicting a breakout season from one of the Titans’ top 2018 draft selections.

ESPN’s Turron Davenport, who covers the Titans on a daily basis, is predicting that linebacker Rashaan Evans will break out in his second season in the NFL.

Here’s what Davenport had to say about Evans.

Evans, in his second year playing for defensive coordinator Dean Pees, is playing with the confidence to become the leader of the defense. The Titans will rely on him to call the plays in the defensive huddle. Evans’ instinctive ability to track running backs is surfacing as he plays more. He will also get more chances to rush the passer by blitzing the interior gaps and seeing opportunities to attack as an edge rusher.

Evans, who was selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Titans, will be a major factor in the failure or success of Tennessee this season.

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The former Alabama standout is essentially the quarterback of the defense. It might be Dean Pees’ defense, but Evans will be the on-field general. He’ll be relied on to rally the troops in critical moments.

If Davenport is correct and Evans has a true breakout season, it will likely mean the Titans’ defense finished among the best in the league.

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