The Titans have a huge weakness in their defensive line, as Sylvester Williams has struggled at nose tackle. This is not usually a position to spend a premium draft selection on, but there have been exceptions, such as the Packers taking B.J. Raji around this area.
Teams are extremely high on Da'Ron Payne, who does some freakish things for a player at his position.
Pick change; previously Kevin Toliver, CB
Rd. 2, Pk. 8
Harold Landry, DE/3-4OLB/OLB, Boston College
Brian Orakpo appears to be slowing down, while Kevin Dodd hasn't shown that he can be an NFL-caliber player yet. There's a good chance the Titans spend an early draft choice on an edge rusher to start across from Derrick Morgan.
This is the Rams' pick that Tennessee received in the trade back from No. 1 to No. 15 in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Titans need a No. 1 wide receiver for Marcus Mariota, and Williams is a great fit. General manager Jon Robinson was with Tampa Bay in 2014 when they took Mike Evans with the seventh pick. Williams is remarkably similar to Evans. In that same draft, Robinson and the Bucs took Austin Seferian-Jenkins in Round 2. This is a deep tight end class, so I think Robinson would lean toward Williams. O.J. Howard is in the running for this pick though.
In 2016, Williams hauled in 98 receptions for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns. It was an impressive return to college football after missing most of 2015 due to injury. In that season's opener, Williams fractured his neck when he ran into the goalpost while catching a touchdown. That ended his year.
With Sammy Watkins in the NFL, Williams took over as Clemson's lead receiver in 2014 and caught 57 passes for 1,030 yards and six touchdowns. In his freshman season, he had 20 catches for 316 yards and three scores.
Williams is a dynamic big receiver who is tremendous at using his size and leaping ability to make catches over defensive backs. He is a phenomenal red-zone weapon and is superb on back-shoulder sideline throws. While Williams made a lot of excellent leaping grabs, he does need to cut down on some dropped passes. The 6-foot-4, 218-pounder has a real combination of size and leaping ability.
Rd. 1, Pk. 1
Adoree' Jackson, CB, USC
I believe that minus a trade, Tennessee's plan is to draft a weapon for Marcus Mariota at No. 5 and find a potential No. 1 corner with the 18th pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. I think Marlon Humphrey is the Titans' first choice. If he is off the board, I think they would take Jackson.
Jackson notched 55 tackles with 11 passes broken up and five interceptions in 2016. He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, returned two punts for touchdowns, and made a 52-yard touchdown catch. Jackson had an awesome game against Alabama as he shut down star wide receiver Calvin Ridley. He held Ridley to only two receptions for nine yards on the night. Jackson has given the NFL proof that he is a serious cover corner prospect for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Jackson played on offense and defense in 2015. He had 35 tackles with eight passes broken up and one interception at corner. As a wide receiver, Jackson had 27 receptions for 414 yards and two touchdowns. The sophomore also returned punts and kicks.
Jackson became a starter in 2014 and was a sensation who also contributed as a wide receiver and returner/coverage defender on special teams. Defensively, the freshman had 49 tackles with 10 passes deflected. He also caught 10 receptions for 138 yards with three touchdowns on offense. On special teams, Jackson returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and averaged 30 yards per kick return. For the NFL, the 5-foot-10, 186-pounder fits best as a cover cornerback. He is a fast corner to prevent separation, but can struggle with size and defenders making receptions over him.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
The Titans could use multiple receiver upgrades.
The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Kupp was massively productive during his collegiate career. He combines quickness, toughness, excellent route-running and great hands. The senior totaled 91 receptions for 1,297 yards with 12 touchdowns on the year. He had huge seasons as a junior (114-1,642-19), sophomore (104-1,431-16) and freshman (93-1,691-21). Kupp is a natural football player.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
The Titans could use a receiving tight end to pair with Delanie Walker.
Leggett is a solid tight end who can contribute as a receiver and a runner. The senior notched 46 catches for 736 yards with seven scores in 2016. As a junior, he totaled 40 receptions for 525 yards with eight touchdowns. The 6-foot-6, 258-pounder has the size and athleticism to warrant consideration as a three-down starter.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Garrett Sickels, DE/3-4OLB, Penn State
Here's an understudy for veterans Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo.
Sickels (6-3, 261) decided to skip his senior season at Penn State and enter the 2017 NFL Draft. The junior recorded 47 tackles with 12.5 tackles for a loss and six sacks in 2016. The previous season, he had 35 tackles with five tackles for a loss and three sacks playing on the other side from Carl Nassib. Sickels would probably fit best in the NFL as a 3-4 outside linebacker.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Corn Elder, CB, Miami
The Titans grab more cornerback competition and have shown interest in Elder.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Dylan Donahue, OLB/DE, West Georgia
Tennessee could use some young edge-rushing depth behind Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Stacy Coley, WR, Miami
The Titans go best player available and take another receiver competitor.
As Deshaun Watson and the Texans just illustrated, the Titans' secondary needs a ton of help. Here's a big corner to pair with Adoree' Jackson. <br> <br>
McFadden has totaled 10 tackles and three passes broken up across Florida State's three games of 2017. He was up and down in 2016, but he has a ton of talent to grow into a better player. Sometimes last season, he looked great but other times, he seemed lost. McFadden still tied for the nation's lead in interceptions with eight as part of that was because he had a lot of opportunities as teams targeted him. He also recorded 20 tackles and six passes broken up. <br> <br>
McFadden is a huge press-man corner. He is a similar prospect with similar strengths and weaknesses to David Amerson. At 6-foot-2, 198 pounds, McFadden has great size with upside to improve his consistency as a junior in 2017.
I have the Titans making it this far, but I do think that they have one of the most talented rosters in the league. With that being said, I have them going BPA here with Hubbard. He hasn't produced much, but has potential.
<i> 2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/30): Marlon Humphrey, CB and O.J. Howard, TE </i>
Tennessee needs more play-makers for Marcus Mariota. Here's a No. 1 receiver for the Titans. <br> <br>
In 2016, Sutton totaled 76 receptions for 1,246 yards - 16.5 yard average - with 10 touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder has size to him, and in 2015, he showed big-play ability by averaging 17.6 yards per catch. For the year, the redshirt freshman totaled 862 yards and nine touchdowns on 49 receptions. <br> <br>
Scouting sources really like Sutton and think he is a mismatch weapon. One playoff general manager said they loved him and thought he could end up becoming the best receiver from this draft class. One scouting director told WalterFootball.com that, in studying up on players before hitting the road for college training camps before the 2016 season, Sutton's tape really stood out and he continued to impress them as a junior. Sutton is a long-strider, and sources say his speed is comparable to TCU's Josh Docton, who the Redskins took in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. <br> <br>
<u> <i> Pick change; previously Curtis Samuel, WR/RB </i> </u>
This was a surprinsingly tough pick to make for the Titans who can go in many directions to patch holes in their solid roster. One spot I saw was at the middle linebacker position where Wesley Woodyard and Sean Spence. Neither are all that special and upgrading the position is always in the cards for an otherwise solid defense. Joseph is an athletically gifted and highly instinctive linebacker who has been a tackling machine for a championship caliber defense the past few seasons.
Last Weeks Selection: Bradley Chubb DE N.C St at Pick # 24