2017 NFL Draft: Titans answer to speed issues

Oct 10, 2015; Eugene, OR, USA; University of Oregon Ducks wide receiver Devon Allen (13) picks up a first down during the first quarter in a game against the Washington State University Cougars at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 10, 2015; Eugene, OR, USA; University of Oregon Ducks wide receiver Devon Allen (13) picks up a first down during the first quarter in a game against the Washington State University Cougars at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports /
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The 2017 NFL Draft is 10 months away, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t time to speculate.

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In fact, you could argue that right now the Tennessee Titans are one of the more predictable teams going into the 2016 NFL season.

-They have solidified their offensive line to the point where it won’t be a question.

-They have two running backs that are more than capable of leading this team’s rushing attack for the next 3-5 years.

-They are set after giving top-5 tight end Delanie Walker an extension.

-They have solidified the defensive line now with young players like Angelo Blackson, Austin Johnson, DaQuan Jones, and Kevin Dodd all able to play multiple position.

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  • So, you can pretty much limit it to CB, WR, SS, LB, or EDGE in the 2017 NFL Draft unless someone with insane value drops to the Titans.

    As luck would have it, Chase Goodbread (a great read) has compiled his list of the top-16 fastest players in college football. That is great because while the Titans have solid players almost everywhere, they are going to want these next few high draft picks to be play makers.

    So, here is his list without commentary (you will have to go to the article for that):

    1. Devon Allen WR, Oregon

    2. Adoree Jackson CB/WR, USC

    3. Khalfani Muhammad RB, Cal

    4. Tyrell Johnson WR, Arizona

    5. KD Cannon WR, Baylor

    6. Tony Brown DB, Alabama

    7. Donte Jackson CB, LSU

    8. Kermit Whitfield WR, FSU

    9. Nyheim Hynes RB, NCST

    10. Cameron Echols-Luper WR Arkansas State

    11. Isaiah Brandt-Sims WR, Stanford

    12. John Burt WR, Texas

    13. Jalen Myrick CB, Minnesota

    14. Brandon Bryant DB, Mississippi State

    15. John Ross III WR, Washington

    16. Jabrill Peppers S/LB, Michigan

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    Some of those names are pure speed guys who really haven’t done anything to merit a strong look from the Tennessee Titans in the 2017 NFL Draft, at least not early.

    However, some of those names really stand out and are names you should know. While Jabrill Peppers and Adoree Jackson are both overrated in my book, KD Cannon is definitely a player to watch.

    Even with the emergence of Corey Coleman as a true stud wide receiver, Cannon’s numbers went up across the board from his freshman to sophomore year, which is rarer than you would think.

    He also stands at 6’1″ and plays with a little Steve Smith in his game that should entice someone like Jon Robinson.

    Another player who could earn a look a little later in the draft is Devon Allen, who spent some time with Marcus Mariota in Oregon. After an injury last year, Allen was lost for the season, but in his true freshman year (the one with Mariota) he posted some really nice numbers.

    Allen averaged more than 16 yards per catch and caught 7 touchdowns in that year. That put him catching a touchdown once in every receptions, which is a crazy ratio.

    He could bring some explosiveness to this offense and his familiarity with Marcus Mariota could be enticing if the Titans were looking for a replacement for Dexter McCluster’s PR/KR/WR role in the 2017 NFL Draft.