2018 NFL Draft: Best and Worst Scenarios for Tennessee Titans
The NFL Draft is upon us and we have no idea how the board is going to play out for the Tennessee Titans. Here are the best and worst situations that GM Jon Robinson could find himself in tonight.
Tonight is the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The Tennessee Titans hold the No. 25 pick in the first round, a spot in which they may or may not feel comfortable in. The draft can play out a number of ways tonight, many of which may be good or bad for the Titans.
Here are the best and worst case scenarios for Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel.
Best Case Scenarios
The Titans Stick at No. 25 and Harold Landry Falls to Them
Landry might be the best pure pass-rusher in this class. His ability to bend under and around offensive tackles is an imperative trait for an EDGE, and he’s a solid run defender to boot. Throughout the whole draft process, Landry has been a popular pick in mock drafts for the Titans, despite him performing well at the Combine and seemingly helping his stock.
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The Titans didn’t meet with Landry during the process, which is more than likely a sign they don’t believe he’ll be available at pick 25. But if he is, the Titans will be absolutely ecstatic. Landry would slot in as the third EDGE on the depth chart immediately, allow Kevin Dodd to play on the line, and eventually take over for either Derrick Morgan or Brian Orakpo.
The Titans Trade Down and Gather Picks
If Landry is not available, I bet most Titans fans would prefer the team moves down and collects more picks. The Titans currently hold six picks in this year’s draft, an idea that Jon Robinson shook his head at in his pre-draft press conference. Robinson held tight to his first round picks last year because he was able to get his preferred players, but he made a move up in the third round to draft Taywan Taylor. Losing a pick in that trade-up could sway Robinson into doing the reverse this year. More picks is always better than less, especially for a GM who has hit on plenty of mid-round draft picks to this point.
Worst Case Scenarios
Harold Landry, Leighton Vander Esch, Rashaan Evans and Marcus Davenport Are All Off the Board
In my opinion, Landry, Vander Esch and Evans are the likely targets for the Titans at pick 25. Davenport is probably a guy Jon Robinson has an eye on, despite the UTSA product being a bit of a project (which Robinson doesn’t care for). In the event that all four are off the board once the Titans are on the clock, which is entirely possible, Robinson will be in an immense pickle.
The Titans Can’t Find a Trade-Down Partner and Draft Either Josh Sweat or Sam Hubbard
Piggybacking off of the first bad scenario, this would be my personal nightmare. I am not a fan of either Sweat or Hubbard, as they weren’t as productive in college as they should’ve been, especially considering their athleticism. Sweat is a freak athlete, but never put it together on the field and that was very evident in his tape. Hubbard is an oversized EDGE who doesn’t have much of a feel for pass-rushing.
Sweat wouldn’t be a terrible target in the second round in lieu of a trade-down, but finding a trade partner is not a given. If the Titans can’t move down and are staring at Sweat, Hubbard or a different player at a position of luxury, the Titans will probably end up reaching on an EDGE like Sweat or Hubbard. Considering Robinson’s track record in the draft, I’d be surprised if he gets caught in a poor situation like this.