Jayon Brown should change this Tennessee Titans mock draft

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Jerome Baker
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Jerome Baker /

A late round pick may change the first round of this 2018 NFL Mock Draft for the Tennessee Titans.

The 2017 NFL season will officially start in just three days. You know what that means: time to see who the Tennessee Titans could take in the 2018 NFL Draft.

It may seem strange or it may seem way to soon, but for the better part of this decade, Titans fans have looked to the draft when the near future seemed grim.

Fortunately for those fans those times seem to be changing, but after a certain point it becomes a habit to look to the future as well.

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So, when Matt Miller puts out a mock draft I look pretty hard to see who the Titans take and what the rationale is behind those picks. Today marked his first mock draft of the season, and here is who Tennessee selected:

“The Pick: Linebacker Jerome Baker, Ohio State

A coverage linebacker with the speed to chase tight ends and even wide receivers down the field will always be valuable. Jerome Baker does that better than any linebacker in college while also being a force against the run between the tackles.”

There is more to that pick, but you need to read the story to get that.

I think you could have easily sold me on this for about a 3-month span from after the draft, but after seeing rookie linebacker Jayon Brown dominate in the preseason I think they may already have a cheaper answer there.

The analysis is right, they do need a rangy linebacker to step up and I think that is exactly what we will see from Brown this year.

On the other hand, there is a player that was on the board that I would love for the Tennessee Titans to draft: MJ Stewart CB, UNC.

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  • I will do another post on Stewart later, but know that he is someone that I think Jon Robinson will love. He is going to fit all the metrics that Robinson wants and he is someone that should be available in the late first round thanks to a lot of splashy talent at other positions and a run on QBs.

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    Stewart is great at disrupting passes and he is the perfect pairing with Adoree Jackson. One big reason is because Jackson’s biggest knock is his size and teams seem to think that Stewart’s 6’0, 205 lb. stat line is legit.

    Either way, I think Jayon Brown could open up the opportunity for the Titans to take a luxury pick like another cornerback or a pass rusher if he can step up and take that job.

    Outside of finding a star at either one of those positions, it could be about the time when we start seeing Jon Robinson go pure BPA and adding more blue-chip talent to this roster.

    Either way, this is another reason to route for Jayon Brown and hope that he can be an impact linebacker as a rookie.