Round 2, Pick 57: Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State
After the departure of Avery Williamson, the Titans needed to add new blood to the ILB position, because even though Wesley Woodyard experienced a career year in 2017, he is already 31 years old. With Will Compton providing a great presence against the run and Jayon Brown being a standout player in coverage, the Titans could function with the two of them alongside Woodyard, but I’m sure they would love to add another young talent who can man the middle of this defense and add competition to the ILB spot.
Leonard has been compared to Wesley Woodyard and his high level of production, experience, and work ethic all fit Jon Robinson’s MO when it comes to drafting. Although his small school status may scare off some teams, Robinson has proven willing to swing on small school prospects like Corey Davis and Kevin Byard in recent years. Leonard brings an instinctive, athletic force in the middle of the defense who has shown a knack for getting tackles for loss and sacks. Leonard has proven capable of sorting through traffic, shedding blocks, and then using his closing speed to make tackles on opposing ball carriers. Leonard fills an important need for the Titans and brings a fantastic attitude and work ethic that will mesh with the culture that Mike Vrabel is trying to instill.