Is there a player still available that could have an impact on the Tennessee Titans draft?
The 2017 NFL Draft is less than 20 days away at this point, and the Tennessee Titans should be locked into their draft plan.
Well…maybe there should be one player that could change their plans: Michael Floyd
Before you say anything or react in any way, look at this video of his 2015 highlights because it is very important for what I have to say. Michael Floyd (on the field) is the best possible scenario for what Mike Williams could become.
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-Michael Floyd measured in at 6’3, 220 lb. at the combine and ran a 4.47. Mike Williams was an inch taller, but he was lighter and was around a full tenth of a second slower than Floyd.
-Both players would ideally make their biggest impact on down the field contested passes, which if you watch that video you know Floyd does very well.
-Floyd is an established wide receiver who has shown consistent ability to be a star fringe WR1/2. That is right where Mike Williams would likely land.
Just focusing on Floyd, there is a chance that you don’t know how good he is. During the 3 seasons from 2013 to 2015, Floyd averaged 910 yards and 6 touchdowns. That was on a team with peak Larry Fitzgerald getting the brunt of the targets.
Signing him would take Mike Williams completely off of my board. It would make my early wide receiver targets just John Ross and Corey Davis.
John Ross has elite speed on the field and legendary speed off the field. Legitimately the fastest man the NFL has ever seen, he has something that he can walk on to the field and know that defensive backs can’t compete with.
The confidence knowing that you have someone who no one has ever defended before is unique and rare, and it would give this offense a lot more confident that they could make big plays.
Obviously it is great that Ross does the little things right and is a great route runner with nice hands, but the NFL has defended 6’4+ guys for decades. They have never guarded someone that fast.
Corey Davis deserves a mention because he is not only the most polished route runner in the draft, but he is also one of the best wide receiver with the ball in his hands. I know that if I throw a screen to Davis he can turn it into a touchdown with his footwork, speed, strength, and balance.
Likewise, I think his ability to make a play on passes deep down the field is something that gets under looked. Davis has a staggering 8 catches in his career that went beyond 70 yards. That is a staggering playmaking ability that few players have.
Other than those two, I don’t know which player you can come in and say, “That guy is going to beat out either Rishard Matthews or Michael Floyd.” If you can’t say that, then you only need them in a limited role and their value drops.
Unless Floyd doesn’t love football anymore (and if his issues are behind him) there is no reason why this shouldn’t be a serious consideration for the Tennessee Titans.
Jon Robinson loves draft picks and value, but he also likes buying low on players. He bought low thanks to doubts on Matthews, DeMarco Murray, Kevin Byard (small school), and Derrick Henry (too big) and all of those seem to be paying off.
This is a perfect time of year to get a great read on a player like Floyd, and if he checks out he could solve a major need for you or provide elite depth. He is the one player that could change the Tennessee Titans draft plans.