The Tennessee Titans have several team needs they’ll be looking to address in the 2019 NFL Draft (and free agency).
But according to Matt Miller, Bleacher Report’s lead draft analyst, the Titans are expected to focus on two specific positions in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Here’s what Miller had to say in his latest rumor/draft news notebook:
The Titans had love for Mississippi State’s Jeffery Simmons before he tore his ACL. And their first-round direction could still be toward the defensive line. Personnel people mentioned tight end as another need.
Tennessee’s love for Jeffery Simmons suggests to me that the team is hoping to add an edge rusher in free agency, which would make sense. The Titans don’t need a bunch of young edge rushers, they need to add a veteran to help second-year edge rusher Harold Landry develop.
Clemson’s Christian Wilkins is a defensive lineman that has been mocked to the Titans quite a few times in recent weeks. He’s a comparable player to Simmons and would be a nice addition beside Jurrell Casey.
(Simmons, by the way, is still rated as Miller’s No. 18 overall player, two spots behind Wilkins.)
Tight end has also become a popular mock draft selection for the Titans, with several outlets mocking Iowa’s TJ Hockenson to Tennessee recently.
— Austin Stanley (@AustinStanley81) February 22, 2019
A lot of fans aren’t thrilled with the idea of the Titans taking a tight end in the first round, but it makes a lot of sense. Delanie Walker will turn 35 before the start of the 2019 season and he’s coming off an ankle injury that caused him to miss the entire 2018 season. And Jonnu Smith doesn’t appear to have the tools to become a viable replacement for Walker.
Hockenson would be a tremendous selection for the Titans in the first round (as would his teammate Noah Fant), but there’s a reasonable chance he doesn’t fall to the No. 19 overall selection.
— Jared Tokarz (@NFLDraftInsider) February 21, 2019
While it’s unclear how the 2019 NFL Draft will play out, we at least have a sense of what direction the Titans are planning to go in the first round.
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