82nd overall pick: Damien Harris RB, Alabama
Running back really doesn’t seem like a need right now for the Tennessee Titans. However, once you get outside of the top-50 you have to be able to see a need in 2020 and draft for that if there isn’t anyone that can help you immediately on offense or defense.
Over the past three years, Damien Harris has averaged 6.8 yards per carry on 150 or fewer carries per year. That tells me that he is relatively fresh and that he comes into the NFL knowing how to be a backup running back, while some players can only be successful if they get a large volume of carries.
What shouldn’t be overlooked, is his ability to help you on special teams. At 5’10, 216 lb. he has the frame and athleticism to play on every special teams unit, which is big because it will allow the Titans to keep him active on gameday without “wasting” a spot on a third RB.
This isn’t just a guess either, he actually blocked a punt against Florida State in college as a sophomore. This wasn’t when he was riding the bench either, this was when he was in the middle of a 1,000 yard rushing season.
I alluded to it earlier, but after next season Derrick Henry and David Fluellen are both free agents, while Dion Lewis will be a 30 year old RB with a $4.3 million deal with no guaranteed money. As strange as it is to say, the Titans could be without all three of these RBs in 2020.
Harris is a high effort player with NFL size and athleticism, that gives you a solid shot at finding a player who can come in immediately and help special teams while adapting and developing to the NFL game before potentially taking over a starting role in 2020.
Defensive player I would have considered here: Zach Allen DL/EDGE