In this post, I’ll be providing running updates on how various picks throughout the 2020 NFL Draft affect the Tennessee Titans, who pick first at No. 29.
49ERS — Trade Up for Pick No. 25
The 49ers traded up from pick 31 to 25, a six-pick jump, and gave up just two late-round picks.
Not very much is coming from trade downs, and it may suit the Titans best to stick and pick at 29. If someone they like is on the board, they should just pick them.
PLAYERS LEFT FOR THE TITANS — Pick No. 25
Multiple quality options remain for the Titans following the 25th pick. Among them:
- OLB A.J. Epinesa
- WR Denzel Mims
- CB Jeff Gladney
- CB Kristian Fulton
- OLB Yetur Gross-Matos
CHARGERS — Trade Up for Pick No. 23
The Chargers jumped up from the second round and gave the Patriots that second-rounder and a third-rounder to do so.
If the Titans are looking to trade down from No. 29, that would probably be the ceiling for the compensation they would get.
VIKINGS — Pick No. 22 — WR Justin Jefferson, LSU
Jefferson was the last remaining top receiver on the board. If the Titans were open to picking a receiver in the first round, that probably is no longer an option.
The best remaining option is Brandon Aiyuk of Arizona State, and that would probably be a bit of a reach in the first round.
RAIDERS — Pick No. 19 — CB Damon Arnette, Ohio State
As John Glennon of The Athletic put it, Mike Mayock made his Clelin Ferrell pick of the year.
Many draft analysts projected Arnette to fall to the late second or early third round. Instead, the Raiders picked him in the teens.
This is the second shocking corner selection of the draft, with the Falcons also potentially having reached for A.J. Terrell of Clemson at pick No. 16.
The Titans could have some exciting cornerback prospects fall to them at No. 29.
Wow, Arnette going at 19 has to be the biggest shocker so far. Just about every mock I’d seen had him either second or third. Mike Mayock with his Clelin Ferrell pick of this year.
— John Glennon (@glennonsports) April 24, 2020
ALL TEAMS — Top Wide Receivers Fall to Late Teens
It was no secret heading into the 2020 draft that wide receiver was arguably the deepest positions. As a result, it looks like several teams picking early in the first round decided to take their chances on some of the day two prospects.
CeeDee Lamb of Oklahoma, who many analysts thought to be the draft’s best receiver, fell to the Dallas Cowboys at pick No. 17.
Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs of Alabama, the other two top receivers in the draft, also fell to the teens.
The fact that teams have been somewhat hesitant to take receivers early could allow a talented pass-catcher to fall to the Titans at pick No. 29.
JAGUARS — Pick No. 9 — CB C.J. Henderson, Florida
The Jaguars’ selection of Henderson affects the Titans in two ways. First, the Titans will have to face Henderson twice a year, which could prove to be a fun matchup for WR A.J. Brown.
It also affects the Titans in that Henderson was the last top-tier corner available, meaning that all of the corners remaining are mid-tier prospects.
If a team ahead of the Titans wants a cornerback, a position the Titans probably want a crack at, they will be forced to start a run that could include players like Jeff Gladney of TCU and Kristian Fulton of LSU.
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