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Tennessee Titans 10 most likely 1st round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft

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9. Justin Reid S, Stanford

This is the only real “surprise” pick I think could happen. If the Tennessee Titans run out of EDGE rushers to take and they think they can find a good LB later in the draft, then maybe they look at Reid.

Reid has quietly been creeping up boards as people get deeper and deeper into his film. He is a productive safety that can be used in a lot of the same ways that the Titans like to use Kevin Byard.

While he hasn’t been the elite producer that Kevin Byard was, he can cover receivers in man situations or play in the box and hold up against the run. He isn’t afraid to do the dirty work and take out pulling guards or set the edge either.

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I don’t think he is as dominant as Jamal Adams vs the run, but it isn’t a glaring weakness which puts him in the minority among safeties.

On top of that, friend of the podcast and must-follow for all things NFL Draft Jim Cobern published two videos on this year’s safety class and Justin Reid has top-end production and borderline elite athleticism at the position. Which usually means he has the opportunity to be great.

Adding one more great safety would mean that the Titans would probably have the best group of DBs in the NFL, which could go a long way in easing the path for some a Day 2 LB and EDGE to have success earlier in their careers.