Could the Tennessee Titans land Joey Bosa and Robert Nkemdiche


For a while now I have been pretty anti-Robert Nkemdiche with the Tennessee Titans top pick. For one thing I don’t think he is the clear premier player at his position in this draft, that belongs to Ohio State’s Joey Bosa. Another thing is, while he is physically gifted and he can do things that most defensive linemen in college football couldn’t dream of from a strength perspective, the off the field issues are crazy.

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However, a recent Matt Miller post on the draft caught my eye. In that link he had this to say about Robert Nkemdiche:

“I went into the weekend planning to write about Nkemdiche this week, and then this incident happened and the direction changed. But in preparing to write up Nkemdiche, I reached out to area scouts for a quick comment. This one stuck with me: ‘More like early second round, not early first round with those question marks on and off the field.'”

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  • That is a very interesting statement. Also, last night on twitter Miller compared this situation to that of Titans receiver Dorial Green-Beckham last year. However, I liken it more to Randy Gregory.

    The Nebraska pass rusher had off the field issues despite everyone saying he was one of the best prospects at his positions, which is very familiar.

    In the past smart teams like the Carolina Panthers have double dipped at positions of need to create a dominant unit. The Panthers took Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short, both of which are now key players on the unit that is dominating the league.

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    So, why can’t the Titans do the same thing. In the first round draft Joey Bosa, my top player in this draft. He is dominant at the point of attack and I think he can be Justin Tuck with more upside. You can take him at put him at defensive end and rotate him in with Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo who are both very good, but both have injury concerns.

    Then in the second round, take one of the new generation of nose tackles with Nkemdiche. While he isn’t your prototypical nose tackle he is an excellent run defender with good size and a great frame. He knows how to use his power and hands, and would be a very good addition to a flexible, zone blitz defense like the Titans.