Who do I like?
It is easy to criticize, so I decided to find one player who was still on the board in all three of these mock drafts that I really liked and thought could be a fit for the Titans.
While Tyler Biadasz from Wisconsin would have been great, he actually wasn’t available so I got the next best thing:
Creed Humphrey C/G, Oklahoma
You know how Oklahoma has been an offensive power house and that so much credit has gone to a great coaching staff and some top-end QBs? Well, the unspoken hero of those teams has been the offensive line.
No one on that line faced more scrutiny than Creed Humphrey who came in as a redshirt freshman and started at center on an offensive line full of veterans. That didn’t stop him from being an outstanding player, and maybe the best player on that line as a redshirt freshman.
"The youngster plays with supreme leverage and doesn’t make unforced errors. He was dominant throughout his debut campaign until he met up in the playoffs against man-child Quinnen Williams. You’ll forgive him for not dominating that matchup…. …Because of his build and play strength, Humphrey additionally offers the possibility of covering both guard positions in a pinch or evening transitioning to that position if his NFL team has a bigger need there. That kind of stuff reads like a throwaway line at the end of scouting reports, but it’s not. Pat Elflein’s ability to play guard, to use one example, is going to extend his starting window in the NFL. The more you can do, the less risky your draft evaluation becomes."
In a season where Ben Jones is in his final year and we haven’t seen Nate Davis take a snap, how do we feel about the interior of the Tennessee Titans offensive line long term?
If you have not doubt in Corey Levin or Nate Davis, then go ahead and pass on Humphrey. However, I am going to have to see something from Nate Davis before I go ahead and pencil him in as any kind of starter on the OL.
So, Levin stays at center and makes the play calls while Humphrey comes in from day one as the starting right guard. Worst case scenario you have an athletic swing player that you can bring in to make a “jumbo package” on the offensive line and get creative.
Best case you nail that pick and you have an offensive line with Pro Bowlers Taylor Lewan and Rodger Saffold on the left side, outstanding athlete Corey Levin at center and an right side consistenting of a 22(?) star right guard and an All Pro RT in Jack Conklin.
Yea, I am all in on that.