With the Titans season over, there is only one direction to head. To the offseason! One of the biggest parts of the offseason is the NFL Draft! Here is a Titans-only mock draft from PFN's mock draft simulator. (Note: some of these players have not officially declared for the NFL draft yet. Some may go back to school. Also, the Titans may receive a compensatory 3rd-round pick, which isn't in the mock)
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Round 1 - Pick 22 - Gregory Rousseau - EDGE from Miami
This is a no-brainer. The Titans desperately need some help in the pass rush and Greg Rousseau will bring it. He can line up on the other side of Harlod Landry, and can force teams to not double team Landry and Tennessee can get to the QB more. Don’t forget Jeffery Simmons, the last defensive player the Titans took in the first round. Simmons is a beast, but with double teams on him, Rousseau can feast. I believe if Rousseau is brought on to the squad, he could put up some big numbers, and Tennessee can finally start to develop some pressure.
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Round 2 - Pick 53 - Alim McNeill - DT from NC State
This pick was a bit tricky. With wide receiver Rondale Moore not on the board, Alabama’s linebacker Dylan Moses was in play here as well. But Tennessee has found a gem in David Long, so I went with Alim McNeill, a defensive tackle. He could be Jeffery Simmons’ running mate for years to come. With DaQuan Jones and Jack Crawford being free agents, the Titans could bring in a guy who is cheaper, and who has a higher upside. I could see McNeill “redshirt” his rookie year, and in year two become a force along with Landry, Rousseau, and Simmons.
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Round 3 - Pick 85 - Elijah Moore - WR from Ole Miss
AJ Brown’s old friend! Elijah Moore was an All-American this season, and could immediately fill the number three receiver position. Brown and Moore have good chemistry and hopefully Tannehill and the rest of the offense have chemistry as well, because this season there was no number three option at all. Moore can bring it, as he was Ole Miss’ go-to-guy this season, and would fit well in Tennessee’s scheme.
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Round 4 - Pick 117 - Paulson Adebo - CB from Stanford
It seems like every season Tennessee picks a defensive back. There is a reason behind it. Dane Cruikshank has developed into a special teams ace, Amani Hooker has shone lots of promise as a ballhawk, and Kristian Fulton has been decent in the limited time that he played. Well, this season is no different. Paulson Adebo can be drafted to gain some depth, and who knows, the way our defensive backs get hurt, he’ll probably be playing by Week 4, and could be a hidden gem. Still, if he can be an effective special teamer, and continue the way he covers Tennessee could be in luck.
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Round 5 - Pick 150 - Jeremy Ruckert - TE from Ohio State
Tennessee will most likely retain Jonnu Smith, and Anthony Firkser, so this pick is just for some depth. Anyway, Ruckert has shown some promise, and did anyone see his one-handed grab vs Alabama in the National Championship? Yes, I would love to see him as a revere tight end, who can make grabs like that! (Note: Most likely, Ruckert won’t enter the draft).
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Round 6 - Pick 161 - Chris Rumph II - EDGE from Duke
Another depth pick here, as Tennessee needs more pass rushers and Rumph II can provide valuable depth behind Harold Landry, Derick Robertson, and hopefully a quality free agent, and Rousseau. He could be a rotational player who gets some playing time and makes an impact when he plays.
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Round 6 - Pick 191 - Brennan Eagles - WR from Texas
Like the last two picks, this is for depth, but Eagles could see substantial playing time. With Cam Batson and Kalif Raymond being free agents, Eagles could replace them on special teams and in the return game. Batson had a nice season, but nothing spectacular when he was playing in the number 3 pass catcher spot. Eagles could be the 4th or 5th receiver and could be valuable, since Tennessee’s wideouts get so banged up.
Titans GM Jon Robinson will probably trade one of these picks, as he always does. The last really big trade-up he made was Rashaan Evans back in 2018. But in 2016 he fleeced the Rams, giving up the 1st overall pick. He got multiple picks, and turned them into Austin Johnson, Corey Davis, Jonnu Smith, and some guy named Derrick Henry. What did the Rams get? Jared Goff. Robinson has a history of making good trades, and I think he may try to do something big in this draft.