It’s officially draft week! Accordingly, you’re gonna be seeing a ton of mock drafts in the next few days. Luckily for you, you’ve found the best one to give you some insight into who could be the first-round pick for the Tennessee Titans. I mean, it can’t get worse than last year, right? Right?!?
Trevor Sikkema, The Draft Network: Rashod Bateman, Wide Receiver, Minnesota
This one is no shocker, of course. Bateman has been discussed for weeks as a strong possibility for Tennessee if he is on the board at 22. He’s the Titans pick in a lot of mocks that you can click on right now. In Sikkema’s mock, Northwestern CB Greg Newsome II goes off the board at pick 21. That is probably a familiar name to Titans fans as well. I’ve discussed him on a couple of Mondays, and the need for Cornerback early in the draft is certainly there.
Rashod Bateman’s route running ability>>>> pic.twitter.com/cAnN2ERCtt
— Johnny Kinsley (Tony Romo Hive CEO) (@Brickwallblitz) April 22, 2021
That being said, Bateman is certainly no consolation prize. A WR room of A.J. Brown, Josh Reynolds, and Bateman would have the potential to be one of the best in the NFL. It would also make up some of the receiving production the team lost by losing Jonnu Smith and Corey Davis in free agency. He would have an early and often impact in their offense.
Patrik Walker, CBS Sports: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE Rusher, Georgia
This is one pick that hasn’t been made in mock drafts lately. After grabbing Bud Dupree in free agency, many have written off pass rusher for the Titans in the first round. Walker doesn’t do that, though. Instead, he gives them the EDGE that many believe may have one of the best upsides in this entire draft class. Ojulari totaled 9.5 sacks last season, and a rotation of Harold Landry, Bud Dupree, and Ojulari would be very dynamic.
: Azeez Ojulari LB @GeorgiaFootball
— 104-5 The Zone (@1045TheZone) April 21, 2021
Also, keep one thing in mind. In Walker’s mock draft, both CBs that have been consistently mocked to Tennessee in Greg Newsome II and Caleb Farley were already off the board by their selection at 22. That is a legitimate possibility on draft day. So, rather than reaching for the next-best CB, he slots in a very talented defender that would help improve the pass rush. The Titans could desperately use that as we all know.
Gary Gramling, Sports Illustrated: Caleb Farley, Cornerback, Virginia Tech
Gramling has the Titans involved in a (fairly complicated) trade between the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers. All you need to know is that they moved back a couple of spots to 24th while moving up thirteen spots in the third round. With their first-round pick, they grab arguably the most gifted CB in the entire draft class. Farley shows elite coverage skills on film, and he’s a fierce competitor. The VT Tech product is only sliding somewhat in mock drafts because people do not have all of the medical information on him. That won’t be the case as much for league and team officials.
Adding Farley to the secondary would instantly improve the other parts of the defense. The selection would take pressure off of veteran Janoris Jenkins as well as put Kristian Fulton in the slot most of the time. He’s played his best ball there so far for the Titans. If the Tennessee front office believes CB is as dire of a need as many others do, Farley would make plenty of sense here.
Caleb Farley: 26.8 passer rating allowed in 2019
Best among Power 5 CBs pic.twitter.com/xQPtxzJWD1
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 13, 2021
If none of these prospects is the pick on Thursday night, feel free to let us hear it on social media. Happy draft week, folks!
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