Tennessee Titans: Winners and Losers of the 2018 NFL Draft Class
By Max Dambach
Loser: LB Will Compton
After the Tennessee Titans let Avery Williamson walk to the New York Jets, the team lost a lot of tackles and a key cog in one of the league’s best run defenses. Will Compton, since fighting his way onto the Washington Redskins roster as an undrafted free agent in 2013, has been a gap-filling run defender like Williamson. Compton was in line for a healthy dose of snaps on first and second down once he was brought to Nashville, while second-year pro Jayon Brown would handle pass coverage duties, but the selection of Rashaan Evans in the first round severely impacts Compton’s ability to see the field regularly. Evans flashes the same run-stuffing ability as Compton, but combines it with range and athleticism to rush the passer or drop back into coverage, which makes him a much more dangerous player for the Titans in the middle of their defense. Compton can still make an impact for this team in 2017 and beyond, but that impact has been lessened considerably by the arrival of Evans.