The Tennessee Titans could be in a very interesting position when the No. 19 pick rolls around in next month’s NFL Draft.
Tennessee is reportedly interested in selecting a defensive lineman or a tight end in the first round. But what if the draft doesn’t play out in the Titans’ favor?
Well, in the latest mock draft from The Athletic, that’s exactly what happens.
From The Athletic:
19. Tennessee Titans – D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss (6-3 3/8, 228, 4.33)
Metcalf will be a wild card in the first round. There is no questioning his freaky talent for a player his size and strength, but there are several questions as well. Nonetheless, the Titans will enter the offseason with an open mind to adding offensive-skill talent to help Marcus Mariota take the next step.
In The Athletic’s mock draft, tight ends TJ Hockenson and Noah Fant are selected before the Titans make their pick. Defensive lineman Christian Wilkins, who has been a popular mock draft selection for Tennessee in recent weeks, is also selected before the Titans are able to make their pick.
So in this scenario, would it be wise for the Titans to select a player like D.K. Metcalf, who fills a need but is maybe a bit of a gamble (I’m skeptical of combine stars)?
If this particular situation comes to fruition, I think the Titans would be wise to trade down and pivot to taking an interior offensive lineman. In this mock draft, Cody Ford is selected at No. 23 and Dalton Risner is selected at No. 27.
Both of those players are versatile options that could play either tackle or guard, though each will probably be more effective in the NFL as a guard.
Considering the lack of quality OL options in free agency, this might be a smart path for the Titans to take if they aren’t able to land one of their top targets (defensive line or tight end). They could then add a wide receiver like Golden Tate in free agency.
And who knows, maybe a team that picks after the Titans will fall in love with Metcalf and Jon Robinson will be able to take advantage of the situation and add an extra pick or two.
Either way, it’s obvious that Tennessee has to map out several different scenarios for the 2019 NFL Draft, because no one has any clue how it will actually unfold.
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