Tennessee Titans 2019 NFL Mock Draft with a big trade

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 15: Ed Oliver #10 of the Houston Cougars watches players warm up before the game against the Tulane Green Wave at TDECU Stadium on November 15, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 15: Ed Oliver #10 of the Houston Cougars watches players warm up before the game against the Tulane Green Wave at TDECU Stadium on November 15, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Some interesting news for the Tennessee Titans and the 2019 NFL Draft.

I wrote earlier this week about why the Tennessee Titans should keep a really close eye on the Miami Dolphins.

Well, one of those reasons was that all the buzz during the regular season was that the Dolphins LOVED Justin Herbert. So much so that even when they were still in great position to make the playoffs, they were still sending scouts to watch him at practice and in games.

All season it seemed like they were ready to move heaven and earth to make him their next quarterback. And then…he decided to wait until 2020 to come out in the draft.

That news had to be devastating to the Dolphins, but it also could be a blessing in disguise. News came out today that maybe Miami is ready to fail next year in the hopes of landing their guy.

First I saw this this tweet by (the seemingly always ahead of the curve) Benjamin Allbright:

Then Evan Silva posted this a link to this article and he said that it looked like the Dolphins were gearing up to potentially punt the 2019 season.

Boiling that article down to a few points, it basically says that the Dolphins are going to have to cut Ryan Tannehill and that they really aren’t interested in chasing after any QBs in free agency.

The most interesting part of the article for me was this section:

"The Dolphins will be doing all they can to stock up on draft choices for a future date.That might mean trading down in multiple rounds of the coming draft to add extra picks either this year or next year.That means filling needs now with the best players available in the draft so they can form a foundation for a great team in the future.So offensive linemen.Defensive linemen.Foundation pieces."

The Dolphins are going to try to trade down and get picks for the next draft and really the only time you can get a significant future pick is by trading away a top-50 pick completely or by trading down/out of the first round.

That is where the Tennessee Titans come along.

I know that everyone is concerned about the depth of the Titans for some reason, but let me fix that for you.

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Jon Robinson signs a big name or two every offseason, let’s go ahead and say that for the sake of this article and mock draft that Robinson put away money for a big move at EDGE, but all the top guys got franchised so he used that money to come away with two players: Golden Tate and Matt Paradis.

Those two additions would solve the interior offensive line problem and it would give the Titans another top end option at wide receiver. That leaves the big needs as EDGE and DL.

Miami is a perfect trade up target because they are right in front of the Atlanta Falcons at 14 who are probably going to be the last stop for the top end DLs and probably EDGEs too. If you can come away with one of the big five (Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams, Josh Allen, Ed Oliver or Clelin Ferrell) then I think you have to.

In fact, I think those players are so much better than what the Titans are likely to get at 19, that I would even send a future 2nd round pick to get them.

So, in a scenario where one of those players falls that far here is what a move up could look like and how that move (plus the offseason signings) could looks like for the Tennessee Titans.

Round 1, pick 13: Ed Oliver DL, Houston

This is the one player that I could really see falling this far of the big five, with Clelin Ferrell being the only other one who should make it out of the top-5. There are a lot of reasons why he could fall, namely because there could be some “attitude issues” stirred up by former Houston HC Major Applewhite after a pretty public argument on the sideline with Oliver.

On top of that, DTs just always seem to fall to this range in the draft before someone takes a talented player. It happens yearly and with Quinnen Williams, Jeffrey Simmons and Rashan Gary there could be some dispute over who the second DT in the draft is.

For the Titans, this would be a home run pick. You get an athletic freak who can line up next to Jurrell Casey and dominate the interior of the OL like this team hasn’t been able to do in a decade.

Round 2, pick 51: Zach Allen EDGE, Boston College

There is a lot of talk about the Titans going after one of the Boston College offensive linemen with this pick but no one on that roster was better than Allen in my opinion. Give the Titans Harold Landry from last year’s class and Allen from this year’s class and you will have two ends that really compliment each other.

Round 3, pick 82: JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR, Stanford

In free agency the Titans landed a shifty slot receiver with big play ability in Golden Tate, they get the opposite of that here. I don’t know how much YAC you can count on with JJ, but he is a touchdown and first down machine whose huge frame helps him box out receivers and dominate at the catch point.

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Round 4, pick 121: Rodney Anderson RB, Oklahoma

There may not be a scarier prospect medically than Anderson, but outside of the top-100 picks is when you should take chances considering how few of those players hit every year. If Anderson is healthy he is a first round running back, so maybe letting him backup Derrick Henry for a year will give him time to recover and adapt to the NFL.

Round 5, pick 158: Nate Davis OL, Charlotte

At 6’3, 315+ lb Davis is a good developmental prospect anywhere on the inside of the OL. With the starters probably solidified in some combination of Levin, Jones, Paradis, and Spain (probably brought back) Davis should have a nice home as the 7th or 8th OL on the roster.

Round 7, pick 235: Kyle Shurmur QB, Vanderbilt

Man, this just feels like the perfect pick. I don’t think Shurmur is great or anything, but he did improve every year at Vanderbilt and is the son of a coach.

That is likely enough to get him drafted by some team, but wouldn’t it be one of those “NFL Draft moments” where the QB for the college team in Nashville gets drafted by the NFL team in Nashville while the 2019 NFL Draft is in Nashville.

It just seems like a fun story the Titans people at the event and the national media could cover for an hour or so, and Tennessee gets a guy who did very well against SEC talent his last two seasons and has the frame of an NFL QB to try to beat out Blaine Gabbert in camp.