We’re still two months way from the 2019 NFL Draft, but we’re already dealing with an overload of mock draft scenarios for the Tennessee Titans.
Most recent mock drafts have the Titans selecting either Iowa tight end TJ Hockenson or Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown.
USA Today’s recent mock draft, however, has the Titans filling a perceived “team need” by selecting Florida edge rusher Jachai Polite.
Here’s what they say about the selection.
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel has two excellent pass-rushers in Jurrell Casey and 2018 rookie Harold Landry, but you can never have too much pass rush, especially on a staff that knows how to utilize multi-gap edge guys. Polite, who amassed 11 sacks and 19 tackles for loss in 2018, may be the quickest and most sudden edge man in this draft class. He absolutely explodes through and to the pocket from outside, and though he does tend to get erased by more powerful tackles, the 6’2”, 242-pound Polite could be a major addition if he’s put in place to take advantage of open gaps.
First off, I’m not sure describing Jurrell Casey as an edge rusher is accurate, but I digress.
As for the selection, I think it would be a good pick for the Titans. But I don’t think they should reach for Polite just to fill a need. While I wouldn’t expect the Titans to take a quarterback or a running back in the first round, I do think they’ll mostly go with a best player available approach (throughout the draft).
There’s also a reasonable chance that Tennessee addresses their need for an edge rusher, which is definitely a viable need, through free agency. That would then make selecting an edge rusher in the first round an unlikely scenario for the Titans.
We’ll have a better picture of the Titans’ draft plans once free agency gets underway. Until then, we’ll continue to sort through mock drafts and see what makes sense and what seems silly.
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