The Tennessee Titans have had a multitude of additions and subtractions so far this off-season. The signing of OLB Bud Dupree certainly boosts the pass rush. Adding DL Denico Autry solidifies the middle of the defensive line as well. On the flip-side, CBs Malcolm Butler and Adoree Jackson were both released. WR Corey Davis may be the biggest loss so far as he signed with the New York Jets. The NFL Draft will be very important for Jon Robinson and co. as they look for talent and depth both in the short-term and long-term. Who do some of the experts think could be on their radar in the first round?
Joe Marino, The Draft Network: Rashod Bateman, Wide Receiver, Minnesota
Marino has the Titans grabbing the versatile Golden Gopher receiver in round one. At 6’1″, he has good size to go up the ladder to make contested catches downfield. Similarly, to Titans current receiver A.J. Brown, he is very slippery after the catch as well. Bateman is one of the most well-rounded and pro-ready receivers in this year’s draft class.
Whoever drafts Rashod Bateman is getting a 💎pic.twitter.com/zGA4TAvqMo
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 19, 2021
Dalton Miller, Pro Football Network: Greg Newsome II, Cornerback, Northwestern
Newsome is the selection for Tennessee in the first round for Miller in his latest mock draft. He provides a lot of upside in zone coverage while also possessing traits that could improve his man coverage down the road, too. He’s a very fluent athlete and makes very impressive plays on the ball to cause pass breakups or turnovers.
Greg Newsome II allowed a 0.0 passer rating on 3rd/4th down last season.
Only CB in the Draft class to do so. pic.twitter.com/4GAJeHS1BS
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) February 18, 2021
Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network: Terrace Marshall Jr., Wide Receiver, LSU
Marshall would add some serious size to the Titans wide receiver room if they went with Crabbs’ latest selection for them in his mock draft. Not to mention, wide receiver seems to be trending up as a possibility for them to take in the first round after the loss of Davis. The LSU product consistently makes highlight reel grabs, and he is a very technical route runner for his 6’3″ frame. Defenses trying to guard both him and A.J. Brown down the field would not have a fun time.
Terrace Marshall Jr🤯
Is he one of the most underrated prospects in the Draft?pic.twitter.com/Mk0ENIyrPg
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 17, 2021
Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports: Jaycee Horn, Cornerback, South Carolina
Notice another trend? Trapasso has the Titans selecting a different cornerback to help fill the void left by Butler and Jackson. Horn is arguably the stickiest corner in press coverage in the 2021 NFL Draft class. He’s a feisty competitor that always wants to face the opposing team’s best talent. The South Carolina CB also uses his length effectively in order to interrupt receivers early in their routes.
His dad is All-Pro WR Joe Horn 📞
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) March 12, 2021
Clearly, many scouts think that WR and CB are the two of the biggest positions of need at this point of free agency for Tennessee. Therefore, all four of these prospects would make sense for the Titans in the first round. We’ll have to see how the next month shakes out for their roster to get an even better idea of what their draft outlook could look like in late April.
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