What should the Tennessee Titans do on Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft?
Last night was crazy for Tennessee Titans fans. Instead of trading back, Jon Robinson stayed where he was and added two impact players.
At 5th overall, they got their top wide receiver in Corey Davis. The dynamic 4 year starter ended his career with over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns.
He is going to be the WR1 in this offense and give Marcus Mariota an impressive 3 headed passing attack, with choices like Davis, Rishard Matthews and Delanie Walker.
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At 18 they got a player in Adoree Jackson, who had nearly as many touchdowns on offense as OJ Howard did in his career (shouts to Superhorn for the stat):
While I think he needs to refine his technique, now that he isn’t doing track and isn’t in school this will be the first time he has had a chance to really develop his technique over an offseason.
So, with the Tennessee Titans two biggest needs filled what is left? Well, thanks to our good friends at Fanspeak I can show you exactly where I would go.
3rd round, 83rd: Tarell Basham EDGE, Ohio
Remember what Jon Robinson did last year with his 3rd round pick? He took a highly productive player with a lot of game experience from a small school (Kevin Byard S, MTSU). This year he does it again, which is a very Bill Belichick thing to do.
Basham is a very good edge player, I have a second round grade on him, however there are some intriguing names at EDGE left on the board. Tarell Basham, Jordan Willis, Carl Lawson, Tyus Bowser, Vince Biegel, and Derek Rivers are all sitting on the board going into Day 2. Are all 6 going to go in the next 50 picks? If not one could be the pick.
Basham has played in 51 games at Ohio and had big games against bigger teams like Tennessee. He ended up 29.5 career sacks which is a big total.
He could come to the Tennessee Titans as a pass rusher that can develop into a full time starter.
3rd round, 100th: Cam Sutton CB, Tennessee
I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t pass up someone that the metrics say that the Tennessee Titans should love. He is a cornerback with position flexibility and he can play inside or outside wherever they need him.
To me, he is a less explosive but more technical version of what they want from Adoree Jackson. If they can figure out who works best on the outside between Jackson, Sutton and Logan Ryan they know that the other one can play inside.
Combine that with the fact that he can play a little bit of safety and special teams and you have a versatile 5th/6th DB that can save you a spot on gameday and give you talented depth with instant starter upside.
Bonus 4th round, 124th: George Kittle TE, Iowa
I know there is going to be some concern that I spent the second 3rd round pick on another CB, so I went to the fourth round to show you that everything was going to be alright at TE2.
By the way, it is interesting the Tennessee Titans elected to take Jackson over O.J. Howard. In this draft class, that tells me that the Titans really liked Jackson AND they thought that the need at TE was not as important as we do.
Kittle is an explosive athlete who was asked to block instead of catch at Iowa, and he did that extremely well. If he comes into the Tennessee Titans with the role of a 30 catch player who makes a bigger impact blocking than he does receiving he has the chance to grow into a TE1 in the future.