April in the NFL means draft season, folks. After an interesting 2020 draft class, the Tennessee Titans will look to add impact players early and often in this year’s draft. Cornerback, EDGE Rusher, and Wide Receiver are three positions many think they will address early. Let’s get into this mock.
Round 1, Pick 22: Greg Newsome II, Cornerback, Northwestern
Malcolm Butler and Adoree Jackson are out the door. Tennessee signed Janoris Jenkins in free agency but are still fairly inexperienced at the position. Aside from Jenkins, second-year CB Kristian Fulton will see more playing time. Additionally, depth players like Breon Borders and newly signed Kevin Johnson may get important reps. Newsome II takes a bit of the pressure off of those guys. The Northwestern product has been a steady riser over the past couple of months as scouts have seen more of his tape. His addition would allow Fulton to take most of his reps in the slot where he excelled most last season. Newsome II also has very impressive ball skills and is versatile enough to play plenty of both man and zone coverage. The Titans address arguably their biggest need here.
— NFL (@NFL) April 3, 2021
Round 2, Pick 53: Rondale Moore, Wide Receiver, Purdue
Moore is one of the most polarizing players in this draft class. He’s got the upside to be one of the most impactful picks by whoever scoops him up, but the injury history is a bit of a concern. In the last two years, he only played in 7 games for the Boilermakers. He was a game-changer in those as well as his games in 2018. Regardless, the Titans take the big swing here to give them a tantalizing weapon alongside A.J. Brown. Josh Reynolds was a nice addition in free agency, and it would allow Rondale to get plenty of plays from the slot where his skills may be most useful in their offense. His slipperiness with Brown as weapons for Ryan Tannehill could be lethal for the Titans. Absolutely dynamic.
Here is every single Rondale Moore touchdown for Purdue.
So much fun to watch. pic.twitter.com/2CYzJ0X5H8
— James Simpson (@JS_Football) March 29, 2021
Round 3, Pick 85: Jordan Smith, EDGE, UAB
The Titans snag a unique defender here with their first of two third-round selections. Smith is a great athlete at his size and has the pass-rush tools to develop into a really solid EDGE in the league. Tennessee could still look to add EDGE depth in free agency after signing a big name in Bud Dupree, but this pick provides them with even further insurance. Vrabel and co. would have some work to do with the technicalities of Smith’s game, but it could certainly be a pick that pays off in the long run. In 21 games at UAB, he recorded 12.5 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss.
Watching more tape on #UAB DE/OLB Jordan Smith (6-foot-6, 255) —
— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) March 29, 2021
Round 3, Pick 100: D’Ante Smith, Offensive Tackle, East Carolina
Cutting Dennis Kelly may be the piece of the offseason that has most flown under the radar for the Titans this year. The depth at OT is inarguably thinner as a mixture of Kendall Lamm, Ty Sambrailo, and David Quessenberry could all see time at RT. Smith jumped onto the draft scene after he performed very well at his pro day. Not to mention, he is quite the athlete on film. His mixture of consistent hand usage and quick feet flashed often. Overall, he is a prospect that would be great value at this selection due to the team’s need and his upside as a player.
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) March 3, 2021
Be sure to come back next Monday for another Tennessee Titans mock draft!
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