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Isaiah Mack Tennessee Titans

Outside Linebacker

Luke (5)

  • Cameron Wake
  • Harold Landry
  • Sharif Finch
  • Kamalei Correa
  • Reggie Gilbert

Austin (5)

  • Cameron Wake
  • Harold Landry
  • Sharif Finch
  • Kamalei Correa
  • Reggie Gilbert

The Titans sent the Packers a seventh-rounder on Wednesday in exchange for Gilbert. This trade was likely spurred on by the season-ending injury to fifth-round draft pick D’Andre Walker. Gilbert is a better option than undrafted rookie Derick Roberson, who looks to be a practice squad candidate.

This is a really thin group. The Titans better hope that nothing goes wrong with really any of these guys, as that could potentially spell disaster for the defense.

Inside Linebacker

Luke (5)

  • Rashaan Evans
  • Jayon Brown
  • Wesley Woodyard
  • David Long, Jr. (R)
  • Daren Bates

Austin (5)

  • Rashaan Evans
  • Jayon Brown
  • Wesley Woodyard
  • David Long, Jr. (R)
  • Daren Bates

This group is really, really strong. At the top, Brown and Evans can fly around the field and make big impacts. In the middle, Woodyard provides a strong veteran presence and still has some gas left in the tank. At the bottom, Bates and Long are quality special teams players, with the latter in prime position to fight for playing time after a strong preseason.

Defensive Line

Luke (6)

  • Jurrell Casey
  • DaQuan Jones
  • Brent Urban
  • Austin Johnson
  • Matt Dickerson
  • Isaiah Mack (R)

Austin (6)

  • Jurrell Casey
  • DaQuan Jones
  • Brent Urban
  • Austin Johnson
  • Matt Dickerson
  • Isaiah Mack (R)

First-round draft pick Jeffery Simmons won’t start the season on the roster due to his ongoing rehab from a brutal knee injury from early this year. In his absence, the Titans have some quality options to fill in the gaps.

Urban, Jones and Dickerson all were very strong in Training Camp. The latter two guys look to be much improved from last season and much more comfortable. Johnson has been disappointing since he was taken in the second round back in 2016.

Mack has performed well enough in the preseason to lock down a roster spot. The Titans’ coaches love him, and he’s versatile. His pass-rushing ability makes him a quality depth piece. If anyone from this group doesn’t make the cut, I would expect it to be Johnson instead of Mack.

Cornerback 

Luke (6)

  • Malcolm Butler
  • Logan Ryan
  • Adoree’ Jackson
  • LeShaun Sims
  • Tye Smith
  • Joshua Kalu

Austin (5)

  • Malcolm Butler
  • Logan Ryan
  • Adoree’ Jackson
  • LeShaun Sims
  • Tye Smith

The MMCNB group is as strong as ever, and they feature a handful of outstanding corners who excel in man coverage. Smith will look to return to his 2017 form after missing all of last season with an injury.

Kalu is someone that the Titans really like, and his position versatility—he can play corner and safety—will likely keep him around.

Safety

Luke (4)

  • Kevin Byard
  • Kenny Vaccaro
  • Amani Hooker (R)
  • Dane Cruikshank

Austin (4)

  • Kevin Byard
  • Kenny Vaccaro
  • Amani Hooker (R)
  • Dane Cruikshank

Rounding out the Titans defense is another very strong positional group. Byard is a star, and Vaccaro was outstanding in his first year as a Titan last season. Hooker has been a quick-study, and Cruikshank is a good special teamer.

Specialist

Luke (3)

  • Ryan Succop
  • Brett Kern
  • Beau Brinkley

Austin (3)

  • Ryan Succop
  • Brett Kern
  • Beau Brinkley

Solid and reliable. Those are the best two words to describe these guys.

Cover image: Mike Dinovo/USA Today

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