The Tennessee Titans had themselves one heck of a 2018 NFL Draft.
Landing two of their first round targets (Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry) in the first two rounds is nothing short of amazing.
But the steal of the draft for the Titans might be who they signed after the draft was over.
Deontay Burnett, a former USC wide receiver who elected to skip his senior season to enter the 2018 NFL Draft, was signed by Tennessee after, surprisingly, going undrafted.
NFL analyst Greg Cosell, appearing on the Middday 180 on Wednesday, said he thought Burnett was draftable player. He also said he fits the profile of a slot receiver.
— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) May 9, 2018
I was surprised Burnett wasn’t selected in the middle rounds of the draft. He has great hands and he’s fairly quick. He’s not going to be a deep threat against defensive backs in the NFL, but he’s able to consistently get open on intermediate routes.
As a junior at USC, Burnett caught 86 passes for 1,114 yards and nine touchdowns.
While those aren’t Marqise Lee type numbers, they’re still pretty impressive.
Burnett is definitely destined to be a slot receiver in the NFL. He’s probably never going to play on the outside. But that’s ok, because he’s really good in that role.
Aside from the need to add some muscle mass (which a NFL training regimen will help with), there’s really no explanation for why teams passed on Burnett in the middle rounds. I can understand not taking him early, since he doesn’t project as a No. 1 or No. 2 wide receiver. But he’s exactly what teams are typically looking for in a player from the fourth to seventh rounds.
Their loss, however, is Tennessee’s gain.
The Titans have a lot of youth at the wide receiver position, but there’s also a lot of talent.
Marcus Mariota should be extremely happy with the wide receiver group Jon Robinson has put together.
They have the potential be really good for a long time.
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