Tennessee Titans 2020 NFL Draft: 7-round, post Super Bowl
By Will Lomas
Round 7, pick 213: Rodrigo Blankenship K, Georgia
Apparently the Titans have two seventh round picks, or at least they do until it is officially announced that they have met the conditions on the conditional 7th round pick they sent to the Green Bay Packers for Reggie Gilbert.
So, with the first pick I took a kicker who may not be the most accurate statistically but I don’t know that I really care about that. I guess I should explain better, but with kickers I think so much of the transition from college to the NFL has to do with their confidence.
Blankenship has played on the biggest stages and people have been waiting for him to fail for his whole career, but the 2019 Lou Groza Award winner has been as consistent as you could ask from a four year starter.
In all of NCAA history, only three kickers have been more accurate than Blankenship with volume similar to his: Kai Forbath, Zane Gonzalez and Andy Phillips.
The success is a spectrum between those three, but I don’t mind rolling the dice here. Also, he set the school record for touchbacks on kickoffs so that is cool.
Round 7, pick 220: Khalil Tate QB, Arizona
Khalil Tate is not Lamar Jackson.
However, if you wanted to talk about the idea of finding a backup QB that can help you in certain packages like Lamar Jackson did with the Ravens in his rookie year then Tate is interesting.
Before having a bad stretch last year, he was one of the most intriguing draft prospects at QB. I wonder if he could be a great “buy low” target that has upside as a developmental player who could give you good snaps from day one?