2019 NFL Mock Draft summary
What does this rebuilt team look like?
Looking at the roster after this projection, this is what the Tennessee Titans starters and key depth on both sides of the ball would look like:
QB: Marcus Mariota
RB: Derrick Henry, Dion Lewis, Damien Harris
WR: Corey Davis, Hakeem Butler
Slot receiver: Adam Humphries
TE: Delanie Walker
LT: Taylor Lewan
LG: Rodger Saffold
C: Erik McCoy
RT: Jack Conklin
(Backup OL: Dennis Kelly)
EDGE: Harold Landry, Sharif Finch
(Pass rush specialist: Cameron Wake)
DL: Jurrell Casey, Daquan Jones (potentially Ndamukong Suh if you go back to the premise of this article)
(3rd LB: Wesley Woodyard)
What would the defensive players have changed?
The biggest change would be that the offensive line would be a mess and the receiver position would once again need to be rounded out by Taywan Taylor or Tajae Sharpe. Those two things could combine to make life really hard on Marcus Mariota in a crucial year.
Defensively, this lineup puts a lot of strain on Sharif Finch to become an every down player just one year after being an UDFA. On top of that, you really don’t take advantage of the DL in this class and end up with a camp battle between Jones and Austin Johnson for that other DL spot which isn’t exciting. (Again, unless the Titans land a DT in free agency which is the premise of this article).
Ultimately, I think that an offensive heavy draft actually makes the Titans a better team now than a draft that takes advantage of the depth of this class at DL and EDGE.
While it brings up some questions down the road on what you do along the front going forward, this only illustrates how much better this team could be if they would go out and sign one of the talented DL in free agency and then shifted their attention to offense in the draft.