Mock drafts don’t mean a lot at the end of the day, but they give us an interesting glimpse into how reporters/analysts view the needs of various teams.
In this instance, the Houston Chronicle’s latest mock draft shows us how a couple of Texans reporters view the needs of the Tennessee Titans.
And let’s just say their view is a bit skewed.
Aaron Wilson and John McClain (a frequent guest on 104.5 the Zone in Nashville) each have the Titans selecting Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson with the No. 19 overall selection.
Hockenson is a solid player that projects as a reliable starter in the NFL. But tight end is far from being at the top of the Titans’ list of draft needs (especially with the expected return of Delanie Walker next season).
Edge rusher, interior offensive line depth, wide receiver and defensive tackle are all needs that Tennessee will likely be looking to address in the first round.
Of course, there’s a reasonable chance the Titans won’t be able to address those needs with the No. 19 pick.
However, if that ends up being the case, I don’t think general manager Jon Robinson will reach for a position or player the Titans don’t need. He’ll either recognize how the draft is going early and trade up, or he will trade down and land some extra selections (or he could take advantage of a team looking to trade up and maybe land an extra first round pick in 2020).
No one knows how the draft will actually unfold. All it takes is one team making a trade or an odd selection early in the draft and all these well thought out mock drafts will be completely trashed.
But even though we don’t know how the draft will go, I feel fairly confident in saying that Tennessee won’t be using their first round pick on a tight end.
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