Round 1, pick 29: J.K. Dobbins RB, Ohio State
The way the 2020 NFL Draft is shaping up, it is going to be very hard for the Tennessee Titans to stay at pick 29 and find someone at either EDGE or WR who really jumps out and presents the value that they would need.
There are situational players who could end up making an impact in specific roles or down the road, but if the Titans take an EDGE this high then they need him to be able to anchor against the run and also get some pass rush.
In this mock draft the big four (Chase Young, A.J. Epenesa, Yetur Gross-Matos, and K’Lavon Chaisson) were all gone and so was Terrell Lewis who doesn’t really interest me.
With Adam Humphries and A.J. Brown locked in for the next few years, the only positions to really think about at WR is another boundary player or a speed demon. While they both were considered, the depth of this draft just makes it hard to take someone who doesn’t scream WR1 at 29.
So, the Titans take the “B+” pick and draft the best running back in the class with J.K. Dobbins.
Coming out of high school, Dobbins was clocked with a 4.44 40-yard dash which would be the third best since the 2018 NFL draft class. It isn’t just about the tools though, what I really like is his ability to find the holes that his offensive line creates in zone runs.
Once he sees his path, he isn’t afraid to lower his head and take on contract but you would never confuse him for a bruiser. Instead, think of him as an explosive one-cut running back who can get vertical and turn on the jets.
I don’t know that he is the home run threat that Derrick Henry is, but no one in the NFL is. What he is better at is his ability to naturally catch the ball and work quickly in space.
This team needs a running back for 2020 whether Henry is on the team or not, and since a good RB is so needlessly expensive in free agency why not bite the bullet and take your pick here?