Tennessee Titans GM Jon Robinson’s phone line is open. If these three prospects fall out of the top 10, Robinson has to make the call.
The Tennessee Titans are in unfamiliar territory for the 2018 NFL Draft. Slated to pick at 25, GM Jon Robinson can either trade up to get his top target, or trade back and collect more picks. There are three draftees that could tremendously help upgrade this Titans team. All three are all but guaranteed to go in the top 10.
In the unlikely event that any of these three players slide, Robinson has to make a move.
Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
North Carolina State premier edge defender Bradley Chubb is hands down the best pass rusher in this draft class. He’s a sack machine. In four seasons, Chubb racked up 25 sacks. He is a versatile nuisance on the defensive front that can single-handedly wreak havoc on any offensive line.
Chubb’s hand work is exceptional. His quick, twitchy moves and the violence behind his hand work makes him one of the most promising defenders that will have an immediate day one impact.
His build and will to win one-on-one matchups will translate well to the NFL. Chubb’s production at the collegiate level warrants a top five selection. If for whatever reason his draft stock plummets leading up to the draft, Robinson has to trade up to land a premier pass rusher that would make a monumental difference for the Titans’ defense for years to come.
Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
The amount of nasty in G Quenton Nelson can’t be properly quantified. The guy is a bully, and he backs it up. Nelson gets pleasure from imposing his will on and pummeling his opponents.
Nelson possesses every single quality you want an offensive lineman to possess. His build, strength, attitude and grit will lead to a solid career as a pro. Easily, Nelson is one of the best guards to come out in quite sometime and is a can’t miss prospect.
Nelson won’t shy away from the big name defenders at the next level. In fact, during his combine press conference, Nelson mentioned a few premier defenders and confidently stated that he’s the type of player that can keep those defenders from making an impact.
Depending on how the dominos fall, Nelson could slide out of the top 10 with other teams aiming to find franchise quarterbacks and pass rushers. Adding Nelson to a line featuring T Taylor Lewan, who breathes nasty, could help fortify the interior line for the foreseeable future.
Although Nelson elected not to run the 40 at the Combine, it’s easy to see his athletic dominance on film.
Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Adding LB Roquan Smith to the Titans linebacker corps could work wonders. He is an excellent leader, supremely athletic and has natural instincts that enable him to decipher plays and blow up ball carriers.
His sideline to sideline speed, willingness to tackle and the speed and acceleration he plays with make Smith one of best linebacker prospects in the 2018 class.
Some believe Smith is undersized and his game may not translate to the next level, while others won’t be blinded by the term “undersized”.
If the Titans lose LB Avery Williamson via free agency, Smith will surely be on Robinson’s radar. Smith fits the culture, is a team-first player and has the character to motivate his teammates to up their intensity, and would be able to accomplish that even as a rookie.
Smith’s overall makeup and desire to be great makes him a highly sought after pick.