2015 NFL Draft: Pass rush depth for Tennessee Titans


The Tennessee Titans have made their first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by selecting a player that some believe will become the best quarterback in the class. After solidifying the most important position on the field, it may be time to bolster the second most important position: edge rusher.

Here are my rankings for the top five edge rushers left in 2015 NFL Draft.

1. Randy Gregory, Nebraska

In four hours, the Tennessee Titans will have already made their selection or traded the pick away. If they keep it, one of the names on the shortlist has to be Randy Gregory. The talented edge rusher from Nebraska “feels” like a great fit for Dick LeBeau’s scheme in Tennessee and if anyone can keep edge rushers in line it is the Hall of Fame defensive coordinator.

2. Owamagbe Odihizuwa, UCLA

“Double-O” is long, strong, athletic, and versatile which makes him a prized commodity in the NFL. He is a little bit of a question mark though after a lackluster college career highlighted by a career high 6.5 sacks in 2014. He isn’t setting the world on fire as a pass rusher right now, but many think he will flourish in the NFL.

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  • 3. Eli Harold, Virginia

    While Eli Harold has a lot of potential, he is a streaky player whose inconsistency kept him out of the first round. Again, this is a player that Dick LeBeau could take and mold behind Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan and let him grow into a very solid starter.

    4. Preston Smith, Miss. State

    Talk about a non-stop effort guy, Preston Smith is a player who you watch on film and you can’t take your eyes off of him. My one concern about him going to the Tennessee Titans is he is built to be a 4-3 DE, and I’m not sure where you put him in a 3-4 defense.

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    5. Danielle Hunter, LSU

    This is a classic case of a player having all the skills to play, but not thriving at the college level. If he can play up to his outstanding physical ability then he would be a steal in the third round. If he can’t, then he is just going to be a classic “looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane” sort of guy.

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