Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller has the Tennessee Titans taking three offensive players in his latest three-round mock draft.
As it stands now, the Tennessee Titans would have the No. 19 overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. And, in that position, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller believes the Titans will go with a wide receiver for their first pick.
In his latest three-round mock draft, Miller has the Titans taking Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins with the No. 19 overall pick. He believes it would be wise for Tennessee to invest in more receiver help with Ryan Tannehill seemingly having locked down the starting job for 2020.
"Tee Higgins is a deep threat with the body control and agility to be a factor on breaking routes while still being an asset to run after the catch. Unlike Corey Davis, who can’t manage to stay healthy or productive, Higgins has never shown an injury history and comes to the NFL with upside to continue developing."
I just don’t see the Titans investing in another wide receiver that early in the 2020 NFL Draft. It simply isn’t the biggest need for this team right now, and that’s especially true when you consider the Titans already have a pretty solid receiving corps.
Not only did the Titans invest in Corey Davis with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, they also used a second-round pick on A.J. Brown in 2019, and just shelled out $36 million over four years for slot man Adam Humphries.
Barring something unforeseen, all three of those players should be back next season.
Sure, it’s possible the Titans try to land another receiver at some point in the draft, but I’d expect general manager Jon Robinson to be looking at an edge rusher first and foremost to give Harold Landry some help on the other side.
The Titans are currently lacking in that department, and after veteran edge rusher Cameron Wake was placed on injured reserve, there’s no telling what his future holds beyond 2019. Even if he does return, the Titans can’t really depend on him for years to come.
Our own Benjamin Mott did a three-round mock for Tennessee last week, and he suggested the team go with Penn State edge rusher Yetur Gross-Matos, who recently declared for the upcoming draft after totaling 16 sacks combined the past two seasons (eight each).
Pro Football Focus also agrees with Mott, as they too have the Tennessee grabbing Gross-Matos at the No. 19 spot. To me, Mott and PFF both have hit the nail on the head as far as what the Titans need most, and Gross-Matos would be a perfect fit.
Miller’s second- and third-round picks for Titans
When compared to Mott’s mock, he and Miller agree that the Titans are taking a running back in the third round, although Mott had the Titans selecting Florida State running back Cam Akers. With his second-round pick, Mott had the Titans going with TCU tackle Lucas Niang.
Tennessee desperately needs a running back to pair with Derrick Henry, whom I believe will be re-signed by the team after this season. Dion Lewis has failed miserably as Henry’s backup and the third-down back, and Moss could fill that role nicely.
The Utah back totaled 1,246 yards (6.2 yards per carry) and 15 touchdowns on the ground, but more importantly for what the Titans need, Moss was an asset when catching passes out of the backfield with 22 receptions for 317 yards (14.4 yards per reception) and one score. Landing him in the third round would be ideal.
Based on where the Titans are likely to be picking in the first round, they should wait on a quarterback, unless of course someone like Tua Tagovailoa falls to them in the middle to late first round.
However, I simply don’t see him getting past a team like the Los Angeles Chargers, no matter how up in the air his future is. With that said, waiting for the second round or later makes sense to take a chance on a quarterback.
In his junior year at Washington, Eason put together a solid campaign, completing 63.8 percent of his passes for 2,922 yards and 22 touchdowns to eight picks. He posted a passer efficiency rating of 144.8
Eason would likely be a project, but that’s what you’d typically expect from a second-round quarterback. Not to mention, the Titans would be able to take their time with him now that Tannehill has earned the right to be Tennessee’s starting quarterback in 2020.