The Tennessee Titans’ last two first round picks have been SEC defenders (linebacker Rashaan Evans from Alabama in 2018 and defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons from Mississippi State in 2019).
Those picks have worked out pretty well so far for Tennessee, so why not go back to the well in 2020?
In fact, that’s exactly what The Athletic’s Dane Brugler is predicting the Titans will in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Brugler has the Titans selecting Alabama edge rusher Terrell Lewis with the No.19 overall selection (which means he also thinks the Titans will just miss out on the playoffs).
Here’s what Brugler says about the selection:
The Titans found tremendous value in last year’s first round with Jeffery Simmons and could follow a similar script this April. Although he has missed time due to injuries, Lewis is a toolsy pass-rusher and is unlike past Nick Saban pass-rushers at Alabama due to his length, burst and flexibility (think Danielle Hunter).
This would certainly be an interesting selection by the Titans. Paired with Harold Landry and Jeffery Simmons, Lewis would give the Titans a downright dominant pass rush for years to come.
But it would also mean that Tennessee probably isn’t looking for a franchise quarterback in this year’s draft. Which also means that Ryan Tannehill would likely be “the guy” for the Titans for the foreseeable future.
I think bringing Tannehill back next season should be a no-brainer for the Titans. But I’m not certain he should be the longterm answer for the franchise.
Of course, there’s still plenty of football to be played this season. I imagine we’ll have some more clarity on what the Titans will do as the season nears its conclusion.
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