A pair of second round draft picks that have exceeded expectations.
It is easy to see the Tennessee Titans as a dumpster fire right now or a team in need of some big changes after the loss to the Carolina Panthers.
However in the midst of all the planning for the future that the Titans fans (and ownership) should be doing, I want to take a second and look at two of the more impressive players on Tennessee’s roster.
As you would expect from the title, I want to call attention to just how good the most recent second round picks by GM Jon Robinson have been doing despite some…let’s call it adverse situations.
Harold Landry, EDGE, DT, LB, etc
Landry is used as a jack of all trades in this defense and isn’t really afforded an opportunity to pin his ears back and go after quarterbacks all that often. Despite that, he is still on pace for 11 sacks which would be the most by any Titans defender since Jason Babin did it nearly a decade ago in 2010.
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Speaking of Babin, Landry is also on pace for 16 TFLs which would tie Babin for most in franchise history.
If you don’t think Harold Landry is one of the best pure pass rushers in the NFL, alright fine since I can’t show it on paper and because the Titans refuse to put him in situations where he can shine doing that, I won’t argue.
However, if you don’t think he is one of the top young EDGEs in the NFL, you are out of your mind especially when you watch the film and see what exactly it is that he does on a down-to-down basis.
Just a quick reminder of how he looks compared to the rest of the 2019 NFL Draft class, Landry is:
-2nd in sacks behind Bradley Chubb
-Tied for 2nd in TFLs behind Chubb (tied with Darius Leonard)
If that isn’t a draft “hit” then I don’t know what is.
Why is A.J. Brown so impressive?
When Brown had the ball glance off of his hands and turn into an interception it was incredibly deflating because fans have been pushing so hard for him to get more playing time. However, it is plays like that that made the term “rookie mistake” so popular.
The more he snaps he gets and the more frequently he is thrown the ball, that will happen less and less.
However, don’t let that distract you from the fact that he is on pace to break the Titans rookie record for receiving yards with 763 yards (record is 701 by Kenny Britt) and the franchise rookie touchdown record too with 5 (record is T-4 by Kendall Wright, Dorial Green-Beckham, Justin Hunter, and Tyrone Calico).
All of this in an offense that seems like they are calling plays with the intent to lose. I can’t wait to see what the next coaching staff and QB can do with Corey Davis and A.J. Brown in 2020.