The NFL draft is now just over two weeks away, and it’s an important one for the Titans. There are still quite a few needs for the roster, especially in terms of depth. They could still make a few small free agency moves, but a good draft will be vital for short-term and long-term success. I’m going to break down a few prospects that scouts are discussing for Tennessee in round one as of late.
Trevor Sikkema, The Draft Network: Round 1, Pick 15: Greg Newsome, Cornerback, Northwestern. (TRADE: TEN receives Picks 15 & 188 from NE in exchange for Picks 22 & 85)
Newsome has been mentioned throughout a couple of these mock draft Monday pieces as he continues to be a popular selection. In Sikkema’s, Tennessee aggressively goes and grabs him. His impressive coverage skills and ambitious play style are enamoring scouts. Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley might have a higher floor than Newsome, but the injury to Farley may keep the Titans away from him. Newsome is probably one of the most NFL-ready defensive players in this class. That’s what Tennessee needs considering their CB depth and top-end talent. Janoris Jenkins will no doubt help along Newsome’s development as well.
I need some Greg Newsome in my life pic.twitter.com/W6Qbismw2O
— Chris Rosvoglou (@RosvoglouReport) April 12, 2021
Joe Marino, The Draft Network: Round 1, Pick 22: Kwity Paye, Edge, Michigan.
Marino’s mock draft quenches some Titans fans’ thirst for another pass-rusher. Paye was ultra-productive early on in 2020 and possesses some really exciting traits as a defender off the edge. Also, Marino notes that Paye has the highest upside of any rusher in this draft class. That’ll do for a guy who would be alongside Harold Landry and Bud Dupree. The depth of the offensive talent in this draft class could see Paye slide a bit in the first-round, so Tennessee would be getting excellent value here.
Kwity Paye had several big performances.
— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) April 11, 2021
Andrew Erickson, Pro Football Focus: Round 1, Pick 22: Samuel Cosmi, Offensive Tackle, Texas.
Another OT in the first round? Don’t click away yet, Titans fans. Cosmi can provide top-tier pass protection and is more experienced than Isaiah Wilson was coming out last year. Though, that doesn’t take much. The team still has a glaring hole at RT, and Cosmi would make a lot of sense there. That experience and physical traits will certainly be valuable to Tennessee early on. Additionally, he’s got good movement skills to help him improve in the run game. There’s no doubt the Titans will probably favor prospects with lots of playing time after last year’s draft endeavors. Cosmi has been a key piece of the Longhorn offense for the past couple of years.
Sam Cosmi’s Pro Day numbers are (expectedly) insane.
He’s also one of the most productive pass-blocking OTs tackles in the class.
Leaders in pressure % allowed with play-action, screens and RPOs removed:
🥇 2018: Dalton Risner
🥇 2019: Tristan Wirfs
🥇 2020: Sam Cosmi
— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) March 12, 2021
Are there other prospects that catch your eye for the Titans in round 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft? Let us know who they are. Also, make sure to come back next Monday for another Mock Draft breakdown!
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