The latest mock draft from The Athletic’s Dane Brugler has the Tennessee Titans landing a former Vol standout.

Brugler has the Titans selecting UT edge defender Darrell Taylor in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

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Taylor, a former four-star recruit from Hopewell, VA, totaled 16.5 sacks over the last two years in Knoxville, including 8.5 sacks as a senior in 2019.

The 6-foot-4/255 lb defender lined up at defensive end in Bob Shoop’s defense in 2017, but he became more of a pass rushing linebacker under Jeremy Pruitt in 2018 and 2019 (which better suited his skills).

With Cameron Wake only playing nine games last season for the Titans, and having a potential out in his contract after 2019, it seems logical that Tennessee could try to land another pass rusher in the draft. Taylor certainly has a lot of upside and could be a good fit in Nashville.

As for the Titans’ first round pick, Brugler has Tennessee selecting USC offensive tackle Austin Jackson with the No. 29 overall pick (which means Brugler thinks the Kansas City Chiefs will win on Sunday).

Here’s what Brugler says about the pick:

The Titans chose not to pick up Jack Conklin’s fifth-year option, meaning Tennessee might be looking to replace its right tackle this offseason. Jackson is not a technically refined player right now, but he is a smooth-moving big man with the agile feet and flexible joints to hold his own on the edges.

I’m sure these selections will change a lot in the coming months, with the combine and pro-days coming up in the near future.

But for now, it gives us a good idea of how the 2020 NFL Draft could potentially shake out.

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