The Tennessee Titans are in the midst of a franchise re-build. General Manager Jon Robinson will have a lot of draft currency and draft ammo, as he loves to say.
Robinson currently has two first round draft picks. He holds the Titans’ own pick and the Rams’ first rounder, which came over in last year’s draft trade.
Based on the first eleven weeks of the season, the Titans have an 89-percent chance of having at least one Top 10 draft pick. ESPN released the updated projected draft order this week.
Titans projected first round picks:
It will be interesting to see where the Titans will be making their original pick. At 5-6, Tennessee is still playing for a shot at winning the AFC South and making the playoffs. This is different from the last few years in which Thanksgiving was the beginning of Titans draft season. There’s still a good chance Tennessee could possess two first round picks.
The wildcard in the entire draft is the Titans. What will Jon Robinson do with the two picks? Who knows. Most people expect Robinson to trade one of the first round picks to pick up more “currency” later on. Remember, Tennessee is without a second round pick this spring.
Pro Football Focus Mock Draft
Pro Football Focus released its first mock draft a week ago and had the Titans picking 9th (Rams) and 17th. Both teams lost on Sunday moving them up the draft. Here’s how PFF had the Titans picking:
The Titans need a top cornerback… That’s a no brainer. Corner is the glaring hole on this team and it has definitely shown this season. Unfortunately for Perrish Cox, he has been on the butt-end of a lot of the jokes.
Perrish Cox leads all cornerbacks in yards allowed (707) and missed tackles (10). Yikes
— Mike Renner (@PFF_Mike) November 21, 2016
I think it’s priority number one for this team in the draft. I’d, also, prefer that top corner come through the draft, instead of an expensive free agent. Tabor has gotten a lot of media attention at Florida. A lot of that attention has come from his play, but a lot of that attention has come out of his mouth. He’s a talker, and he loves to get things riled up on social media. Titan fans have already questioned whether or not he’s a Jon Robinson “team first, smart, tough” type of player.
Peppers is an interesting prospect because we don’t know what position he would translate to in the NFL. At Michigan, he does everything and has played several different positions. The Titans need a playmaker in the back end. They struggle to cover the tight end, and Peppers could be an interesting “chess piece” to add in.