Tennessee Titans 2017 draft picks choose their jersey numbers
The Tennessee Titans draft class has chosen their jersey numbers.
The Tennessee Titans came out of the NFL Draft with a bevy of offensive weapons for Marcus Mariota to play with. They also drafted a cornerback, two linebackers, and two offensive linemen. The season can’t get here soon enough.
As is tradition and protocol, all of the Titans’ draft picks have chosen their initial jersey numbers. These might not last, as we saw Kevin Byard come in as a rookie last year with #20 and switch to #31 once Bishop Sankey was cut and the season got underway.
Here are the first jersey numbers for the Titans’ 2017 draft class.
I think it would be a cool idea to see who has worn each of those numbers in the past, both from a Titans aspect and general aspect.
Corey Davis: #84
The first #84 that comes to mind is Randy Moss, one of the best wide receivers of all time who wore the number with the Minnesota Vikings and the Tennessee Titans. Yes, Moss was a Titan for all of half a season. He even caught a pass from Rusty Smith. Let’s hope all of Davis’ catches come from Mariota.
Adoree’ Jackson: #25
This number was donned by none other than Blidi Wreh-Wilson, a Ruston Webster third-round pick who was one of the worst Titans cornerbacks in recent memory. The most recent Titan to wear the number was Rashad Johnson, who had a decent 2016 as a rotational free safety. Jackson will look to greatly exceed the success of both secondary players.
Taywan Taylor: #13
This one is easy. Kendall Wright is easily the most notable #13 in recent Titans history, and it’s intriguing that Taylor chose the number. Many are expecting Taylor to be the type of player that the Titans initially expected Wright to be. Their games are similar (although Doug Baldwin is his best comp), but Taylor will look to establish the consistency and success that Wright never could in Tennessee.
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Jonnu Smith: #87
Smith takes over Marc Mariani’s number. Mariani and Smith can’t be anymore different in physical appearance and stature, so that will be a shock to any fan who had become accustomed to seeing the #87 jersey on kick and punt returns. Considering how slow Mariani looked last season, #87 will be getting more athletic and more explosive in 2017.
Jayon Brown: #55
Another Titans linebacker whose last name is Brown will wear the #55 jersey, as former second-round pick Zach Brown donned that same number during his inconsistent three-year stint in Tennessee. Current Indianapolis Colts linebacker Sean Spence wore the number for the Titans in 2016. Brown is expected to take over Spence’s role as nickel linebacker this season.
Corey Levin: #62
Levin will take over Brian Schwenke’s old number, which is fitting since Levin is expected to take on his exact same role. A guard who will be taught to play center as well, Levin will contribute in the same ways Schwenke did.
Josh Carraway: #44
With linebacker now able to choose numbers in the 40’s, there isn’t really a positional, historical Titans number comp for Carraway. Another EDGE defender in the league who dons the #44 jersey well, though, is Vic Beasley from the Atlanta Falcons. A quick and dynamic pass rusher, Carraway would love to be as effective as the former Clemson product.
Brad Seaton: #73
Seaton will look to recreate the magic of a former #73 offensive lineman, Jeremiah Poutasi, another Webster draft gem. A third round pick in 2015, Poutasi lasted one year with the team. Seaton just has to not be horrible to outperform him, and he has a good chance as he’s expected to compete for the swing tackle role.
Khalfani Muhammad: #28
Muhammad will have big shoes to fill, but Titans fans can once again dust off their #28 jerseys. Muhammad isn’t quite Chris Johnson fast, but at 4.38 he’ll be able to bring back some speedy memories while wearing CJ2K’s number.