NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah has the Tennessee Titans going offense in the first round in his latest mock draft.
Jeremiah has Tennessee selecting Arizona State wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk with the No. 29 overall selection, saying “I love Aiyuk’s game and his toughness would fit the culture in Tennessee”.
Aiyuk played two seasons at Arizona State after starting his career at Sierra College. He put up modest numbers as a junior (33 receptions for 474 yards), before breaking out as a senior in 2019 with 65 receptions for 1,192 yards and eight touchdowns.
NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein says Aiyuk is “a natural pass-catcher who plays with good energy”. Zierlein added that Aiyuk’s “ability to create yards after catch could get him some early reps while he’s still developing”.
Zierlein compared Aiyuk to Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods.
The thought behind this pick is that Aiyuk could be a replacement for Corey Davis.
Titans general manager Jon Robinson has to decide by May 4 if he’s going to pick up Davis’ fifth year option for 2021. Davis, though a good teammate and capable blocker, hasn’t exactly lived up to the top five hype during his first three years in the NFL.
It’s hard to assume that Aiyuk would be an upgrade over Davis, but the hope would likely be that Aiyuk could at least be a similar player at a lower cost.
Aiyuk would also provide the Titans with some versatility. He was an accomplished kick returner at Arizona State. With Darius Jennings moving on to the Los Angeles Chargers, Aiyuk would give Tennessee another player to return kicks behind Kalif Raymond.
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