The Tennessee Titans are in a really nice situation when it comes to their rookie players in 2018.

Typically, teams are forced to rely, to a certain extent, on their early round draft picks.

The Titans, thanks to the depth general manager Jon Robinson has built, won’t be forced to rely on their early round draft picks, which includes linebacker Rashaan Evans and edge rusher Harold Landry, this upcoming season.

But if that depth is tested (which tends to happen in the NFL, even with extremely deep teams), it looks like the Titans’ early round selections will be ready for an expanded role.

New defensive coordinator Dean Pees told the media on Wednesday that Evans and Landry are “adjusting well”. He added that both players are “learning” and “getting better”.

Those comments might sound like typical off-season coach speak, but I think they’re important words from Pees.

Making the adjustment from college to the NFL isn’t easy. We’ve seen plenty of superbly talented players over the years that weren’t able to make the transition (the list of busts is endless). The NFL is a lot more demanding than the college game — even if it’s just OTA’s and rookie minicamps right now.

Think about it, what were Evans and Landry doing a year ago at this time?

At the most, they were working out in the weight room. They weren’t worried about any team activities or meetings. Or learning a completely new playbook.

There’s no doubt that Evans and Landry have the talent to be impact players in the NFL. But they have to prove they can handle the step up to the NFL.

It’s early, but so far it looks like they’re up to the challenge.

Hopefully for Mike Vrabel and his defensive staff that trend will continue this summer and into the fall.

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  1. ILB Woodyard and Orakpo may start slowing down a bit AFTER the 2018 season but they’ll be badasses for the 2018 season. And with the additions of Morgan, Evans, and Landry plus Compton, Brown, Palmer, Carraway, and Wallace The Titans linebacker/Edge unit is the best in the NFL.

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