There’s been a healthy debate over the last week about whether or not the Tennessee Titans should select a wide receiver with the No. 29 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.
A to Z Sports’ Luke Worsham recently broke down the pros and cons of the Titans taking a wide receiver in the first round, which you can (and should) check out here.
In a NFL.com mock draft last week, Daniel Jeremiah had the Titans selecting Arizona State wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk at No. 29.
A mock draft from CBS Sports this week also has Tennessee going with a wide receiver, albeit one from the SEC.
In a mock draft that featured various CBS Sports writers/analysts, the Titans landed LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson.
Jefferson was incredibly productive for the Tigers as a junior in 2019, catching 111 passes for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns (playing with Joe Burrow in Joe Brady’s offense probably helped pad those stats a bit, but those are still impressive numbers).
There were some concerns about Jefferson’s speed, but he eliminated any questions by running a 4.43 in the 40 yard dash at the combine earlier this offseason.
If the Titans are intent on taking a wide receiver in the first round, this would certainly be a great selection. But I doubt Jefferson is falling all the way to No. 29. He’d have to make it past the Las Vegas Raiders at No. 19 and the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 21. If Jefferson somehow falls past those two teams (who both need wide receivers, but aren’t selecting high enough to land Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb or Alabama’s duo of Henry Ruggs III/Jerry Jeudy), then it’s hard to imagine him making it past his hometown New Orleans Saints at No. 24.
Titans general manager Jon Robinson likes to play things close to the vest, so there’s really no telling what he’ll do with the No. 29 pick. But if decides Jefferson is his guy, he’ll likely have to trade up to land the former LSU standout.
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