The Tennessee Titans’ 2018 season ended on Sunday night with a 33-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Now that Tennessee’s season is over, we know where the Titans will select in the 2019 NFL Draft (which will be held in Nashville).
The Titans, by virtue of their 9-7 record, will make the No. 19 overall selection on April 25.
Now that most of the draft order is set (non playoff teams), it means mock draft season is officially underway.
Respected NFL draft analyst Matt Miller, of Bleacher Report, released his latest mock draft on Monday. Miller has the Titans selecting Alabama defensive lineman Raekwon Davis.
Here’s what Miller says about the potential selection:
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel and general manager Jon Robinson played it somewhat safely and still drafted impact players in 2018 draft when they selected linebacker Rashaan Evans and pass-rusher Harold Landry. That seems to point to a best-player-available approach, which is why defensive lineman Raekwon Davis fits the bill in Round 1.
Davis, a 6’7″ and 306-pound defensive end in the Alabama base 3-4 defense, fits both a three- and four-man front thanks to his size and his athleticism. Davis is also a finished product coming out of the Alabama defense, and that’s something both Vrabel and Robinson seemed to value in their first draft together.
With no wide receiver worth drafting here and the team trying to build up a fierce defense, Davis is a great addition.
This pick would make a lot of sense for the Titans — especially after pass rusher Brian Orakpo announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday.
The Titans’ lack of a pass rush was extremely evident on Sunday night against the Colts. It didn’t help that Jurrell Casey was sidelined, but even when Casey is health, the Titans need an impact pass rusher. Harold Landry, who compiled 4.5 sacks as a rookie, is an important part of the Titans’ future. But let’s be honest, you can never have too many pass rushers.
#Titans will have a massive roster overhaul coming…
41 of 65 players have their deals end either this year or at the end of the 2019 season (per @spotrac)
— Austin Stanley (@AustinStanley81) December 31, 2018
Tennessee will have plenty of options when it comes to improving their roster in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Drafting a pass rusher would absolutely be one of the best ways they can make their team better in the both the short term and the long term.
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