Day Two of the 2017 NFL Draft is underway, and the Titans have used their first pick of the day to draft Taywan Taylor with the 72nd overall pick.
While many expected the Titans to lean defense or tight end with the 83rd pick, Jon Robinson threw everyone for a loop and traded up to the 72nd spot with the New England Patriots. Electing to continue to get Marcus Mariota more weapons, he drafted wide receiver Taywan Taylor out of Western Kentucky.
Here are the details of the trade.
A lightning quick playmaker, Taylor averaged 92 catches, 1,598 yards, and 17 touchdowns in his last two college seasons. He was even more productive than fellow wide out Corey Davis, who was among the most accomplished receivers in college football over the past two seasons.
Mainly a slot receiver, Taylor fits perfectly into the Titans offense in between Davis and Rishard Matthews on the outside. With Delanie Walker also occupying space in the middle, the Titans will be able to attack from every single angle in the passing game.
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While Taylor only ran a 4.50, it’s his suddenness and nuance in his game, as well as his feel for the middle of the field that makes him a massive asset for an offense. Mariota is exceptionally accurate in the short and intermediate areas of the field, Taylor is an ideal toy for the young star quarterback.
The Titans still have a couple of needs that will be addressed in the rest of the draft. A tight end should be on the list, as should a cover linebacker and pass rusher. Another defensive back is likely later in the draft. For now, the Titans have added three of the best “playmakers” in the entire draft with their first three picks.
The Titans pick again at selection No. 100.