Instant reaction to the Tennessee Titans first round picks.
Pick 5: Corey Davis
My thought going into the draft was that the Tennessee Titans weren’t going to go wide receiver at all in the first round. I was wrong there, that is for sure. At first, I was in shock that the Titans didn’t trade back as I had the Titans trading out of both selections just because it made too much sense. As we know, the Bears went and tossed a wrench into that plan. I am a huge fan of Corey Davis and thought he was the best wide receiver in this year’s draft, and he was one of my top five fits at the position for the Titans.
The guy has the potential to be a true number one wide receiver with his great route running ability and his play making ability. What concerns me is that he hasn’t tested, but the tape doesn’t lie. This man can play some football. In hindsight, if the Titans did trade out with let’s say the Browns; I don’t think that Davis would have been sitting there. To my surprise, all the top three wide receivers were gone by the 9th pick in the draft. To be honest, I don’t know if anyone saw that coming.
The Titans fill a need, get a top talent at the position and a player that fits the Titan Mold. I do think that this was a reach at five and it kills me inside that the Titans passed up on Jamal Adams. I think he was the best player in this draft next to Myles Garret and he was still available. My grade on this pick is be a “B+” based on filling a need and a great player who fits the Titans.
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Pick 18: Adoree’ Jackson
I knew there were top options at pick 18, either the Titans take a cornerback or trade out. Again, my first thought was trading out and get back into the second round. When the pick came in and they announced Adoree’ Jackson’s name, I was in shock. I was in shock because one of my favorite players who I thought was a perfect fit for the Titans, Tre’davious White, was still on the board.
Jackson is an athlete, a dynamic returner and has the ability to play the slot or outside corner position. Jackson can even play a little wide receiver, scoring six offensive touchdowns this year. This guy can do it all, but I think he was a reach at 18. He is super raw and is a bit on the shorter side for an outside corner. I think Jackson has a ton of upside and can be a really nice contributor day one for the Titans. Again, I think this was a bit of a reach but fills a need and with a player who is super versatile. My grade on the pick is a “B.”
I do not hate either of these selections as they fill two top needs and seem to fit what Jon Robinson is looking for in a player: production and versatility. As a Titans fan, we must trust the process aka Jon Robinson. I think both players can provide the production that can help push the Titans to the next level.
The Titans have no picks in the second round but overall have six selections to go. There are a ton of quality players left, so the Titans should be in a good position. I would have to think the Titans will still need to double dip at both wide receiver and cornerback. With six selections left, the Titans still need to fill other needs: tight end, inside linebacker and edge rusher. In my last article, I discussed the top prospects that fit what the Titans are looking for and most are still available. The draft starts back up tonight so let’s sit back and see what the Titans do with their 2 selections in round 3.