One of the Tennessee Titans’ biggest team needs heading into the 2018 NFL Draft is at EDGE rusher.
The Titans will rely on Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan to get after the quarterback next season. But with neither of those players under contract beyond 2018, it would be wise for general manager Jon Robinson to add an EDGE rusher in this year’s draft.
There are several talented EDGE rushers the Titans could target in the first round. Harold Landry, Arden Key and Lorenzo Carter are all players who have been mocked to the Titans at the 25th overall selection in recent weeks.
But there’s a good chance Robinson addresses the Titans’ need at inside linebacker in the first round. If that’s the case, then Tennessee will likely look to address their EDGE rusher need in the second round.
One player they could target in the second round is Kansas’ Dorance Armstrong.
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller recently mocked Armstrong to the Titans in the second round. And it’s not just draft analysts that think Armstrong could be a good fit in Nashville. The Titans apparently do as well. They recently conducted a private workout with the former Jayhawk, according to the Houston Chronicle.
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Armstrong, who is skipping his senior season to enter the draft, had a breakout sophomore season, totaling 10 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. But Armstrong took a step back last season, compiling only two sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss.
Not everyone, however, was concerned about Armstrong’s lack of production last season. One team’s director of scouting told NFL.com “don’t read too much into that sack total this year”.
Don’t read too much into that sack total this year. They didn’t really cut him loose this year. I still like the talent and he will help himself at the Combine
Armstrong ended up having a solid combine, finishing as the top EDGE performer in three categories.
I think Armstrong would be a solid pick for the Titans in the first round. He’s not a player you draft with the expectation that he starts immediately. Armstrong is extremely athletic, but he lacks in the technique area.
Technique, however, is something you can teach. You can’t teach athleticism.
Armstrong has unlimited upside and he’s a perfect fit as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.
The only concern with selecting Armstrong in the second round is the worry that he’d end up being another Kevin Dodd.
I don’t think the Titans should pass on him, though, simply because of Dodd. There are always going to be busts in the NFL draft. Maybe Armstrong will be too. But it’s hard to get a player with his upside in the second round.
If the Titans land Leighton Vander Esch or Rashaan Evans in the first round, then I think Armstrong would be a perfect selection in the second round.
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