We’re just over two months away from the 2018 NFL Draft, which means we’re about to see a lot of projections from analysts for who the Tennessee Titans (and everyone else) will select this year.
With that in mind, NFL.com recently released a three round mock draft.
Here’s who they have the Titans selecting.
- Round 1 Pick 25: Harold Landry — OLB/DE — Boston College
- Round 2 Pick 57: Mike Gesicki — Tight End — Penn State
- Round 3 Pick 89: M.J. Stewart — Cornerback — North Carolina
This is the second time I’ve seen Landry mocked to the Titans in recent weeks. Bleacher Report’s latest mock draft also has the Titans selecting Landry.
There’s no doubt the Titans need to add an edge rusher, so it’s not a stretch to assume they’ll add one in the first round (though I still expect Jon Robinson to go with a best player available approach with a pick that is later in the first round).
Landry was one of the best defensive ends in the nation in 2016, finishing the season with 16.5 sacks, 22 tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles. He returned for his senior season in 2017, but was unable to replicate his stellar numbers from his junior season due to an ankle injury that caused him to appear in only nine games.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Landry shoot up draft boards with a strong combine performance, so it’s not a given that he’ll be available for the Titans at No. 25.
The projection of tight end Mike Gesicki is very puzzling to me. Delanie Walker is still producing at a high level, plus the Titans added Jonnu Smith in the third round last year. Smith tore his MCL in the Titans’ playoff loss to the New England Patriots, but he’s expected to be ready for training camp. I just can’t see the Titans spending a second round pick on another tight end. Not when there are more pressing needs to address.
I can, however, see the Titans selecting a cornerback in the third round. Safety is probably a more glaring need, but it wouldn’t hurt to add a cornerback if there’s a solid one available.
Stewart (first team All-ACC last season) would be a tremendous selection in third round for the Titans, but I highly doubt he falls that far. ESPN’s Todd McShay recently mocked him to the Patriots in the first round.
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