With draft and free agent classes of defensive backs ripe with great options, the Tennessee Titans picked the right time to need them.
Ask anyone what unit the Tennessee Titans most need to upgrade this offseason and 99.3% of fans will say the defensive backfield. Sure, some wide receivers need to be added, but the passing offense was a well-oiled machine last year without big time talents at the position. The secondary, on the other hand, was nothing short of dreadful. The unit ranked 30th in the league in yards allowed while facing the second most pass attempts against, thanks to teams smartly exploiting the Titans’ weaknesses on the back end.
Fortunately, for once, the Titans have a great chance at improving the unit through both free agency and the draft. And those upgrades could prove to be immense, especially considering the bevy of talent that will be available through both mediums.
Many who cover the NFL draft for a living are calling this defensive back draft class the best they’ve ever seen. If you watched the combine today, or if you’ve seen these DBs play in college, then you’re more than likely in agreement. Guys were running mid 4.4’s all throughout the day, with some deviations both low and high. Many exploded in the other athletic tests and proved what their tapes showed: that this class is loaded with talented, athletic specimens at the cornerback and safety position.
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Free agency doesn’t quite have the top end defensive back talent or depth that the draft does, but there are plenty of solid options to choose from. Even if only one defensive back from free agency is signed, pairing him with one or two from the draft could result in a completely revamped secondary look in 2017.
First Round: Marshon Lattimore, Jamal Adams, Malik Hooker, Sidney Jones, Marlon Humphrey
Day Two or Three: Chidobe Awuzie, Gareon Conley, Cordrea Tankersley, Adoree’ Jackson, Fabian Moreau, Cameron Sutton, Kevin King, Rasul Douglas
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