Recent early round mock draft selections for the Tennessee Titans have been all over the place.
They’ve included offensive linemen, wide receivers, edge rushers, defensive tackles, etc.
That’s mostly because Titans general manager Jon Robinson is unpredictable when it comes to the draft. JRob isn’t afraid to trade down, trade up, or make a surprise pick. Robinson’s reputation as a wildcard has likely influenced the thought process of Titans selections in mock drafts.
In draft guru Mel Kiper’s most recent mock draft, he tries to look at Tennessee’s potential selections from strictly a fit standpoint.
Kiper has the Titans selecting edge rusher Yetur Gross-Matos out of Penn State with the No. 29 overall pick.
Tennessee added Vic Beasley Jr on a one year deal in free agency, but it should still take a close look at edge rushers at the end of round 1. Gross-MAtos had a steady but UNSPECTACULAR 2019 season, putting up 15 tackles for loss with 9.5 sacks. He would likely play end in the Titans’ 3-4 defense, but he could play outside linebacker, too.
With the No. 61 overall selection, Kiper has Tennessee taking cornerback Trevon Diggs out of Alabama.
Logan Ryan is still unsigned, and tennessee could use an injection of talent at the cornerback spot. diggs, a converted wide receiver, and brother of new Bills wideout Stefon Diggs, is still raw, but he has the tools to be an nfl starter. According to espn stats & info, diggs allowed just 30 percent of passes to be completed when he was the primary defender in 2019, the third lowest percentage in the fbs.
These both seem like relatively “safe” picks. Both players are somewhat raw, but both play positions that are considered “premier positions” in the NFL. You can never really go wrong adding a pass rusher or a cornerback — especially a cornerback like Diggs that has sky-high potential.
I could certainly see Robinson making both of these selections. They aren’t terribly exciting, but they would help the Titans add important depth (and security, since Vic Beasley is only on a one year deal).
Of course, I could also see Robinson trading up in the first round to land an impact player at wide receiver. With JRob, it’s best to consider all options as viable.
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