Is Leon Hall the answer to the Tennessee Titans cornerback questions?
The Tennessee Titans have a lot of players that could step up at cornerback, but there is only one really near-lock: Logan Ryan.
That leaves two other cornerback positions up for grabs. At this point, Adoree Jackson and LeShaun Sims seem like they will be running unopposed heading into the season.
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I don’t like that at all, great football teams are built on competition and depth. That is why I really like Bleacher Report’s suggestion to sign Leon Hall.
Here is what Gary Davenport said about the Titans in that article:
“Any mention of available cornerbacks starts with Darrelle Revis. But another player out there is a Pro Bowler in his own right and would be both cheaper and a better fit.
While Leon Hall is 32, he can play both the boundary and slot (and even free safety in a pinch). He was also quietly solid in 2016, grading out inside the top 40 corners in the NFL last year, per PFF.
Hall would add versatility, experience and depth to the Tennessee secondary.”
Hall is one of the few capable cornerbacks on the market that won’t limit themselves to a starting role and who won’t break the bank to sign.
Running him through the Jon Robinson metrics, he seems to pass everything that you could ask. His one question mark is pass deflections, but that is just because I could not find that data.
He has been a successful CB in the NFL and while he is limited by size, his savvy and athleticism would be a welcome addition to the Tennessee Titans defense.
The one issue you have is the same thing that could potentially make the signing of Eric Decker a mistake (but it 100% is not a mistake, it is awesome). Does signing a vet help a young player, or does it limit their practice time and growth?
If you add Leon Hall, whose spot is he going to take. Ideally he fights for the rotational spot at CB3 (when Adoree is still playing the boundary and when Logan Ryan goes inside to play slot) against Sims.
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On paper that is great, but people are underestimating how rarely rookies start in a Dick LeBeau defense. They usually need time to learn the scheme and really understand what is going on and their assignments.
That means that there is a chance that Jackson would be the player on the bench as second-year man LeShaun Sims takes the other starting outside CB role.
In the same article, Tamba Hali is mentioned as a player who should see less time in 2017 and Dwight Freeney is still on the table. I would like to see either one of those players in a Titans uniform before I added to CB.