Combine snubs the Tennessee Titans could target in the 2020 NFL Draft

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Running Back

Whether or not the team brings back Derrick Henry, running back is a need due to the lack of production from Dion Lewis and the pass-catching shortcomings of El Tractorcito. Most of the best backs in this year’s class were invited to Indianapolis, but there were a few exceptions.

Xavier Jones, RB, SMU

Jones bounced back in a major way in 2019, bringing his rushing yardage up from 311 yards in 2018 to 1,276 in 2019, a career high. He also added 25 total touchdowns in 2019 as one of the leaders on one of the most potent offenses in college football. He shows good burst and patience in the trenches that could translate well to the next level.

Larry Rountree III, RB, Missouri

Rountree didn’t light up the stat sheet the way Xavier Jones did, but he made the most of his opportunities, gathering 829 yards and nine touchdowns in 2019, while averaging 4.5 yards per carry. As an Ole Miss fan, I had to watch Rountree absolutely destroy the Rebel defense for 126 yards and two touchdowns in October, and in that game he showed great vision and the hard nose running combined with good agility you see from backs of similar size, like Kenyan Drake.

Antonio Gibson, RB, Memphis

The third member of Memphis’ electric trio of Gibson, Patrick Taylor, Jr., and freshman Kenny Gainwell, Antonio Gibson did just as much work in the passing game as he did carrying the rock. totaling 33 catches and 32 rushing attempts. The difference comes in what he was able to do with those attempts. His yard average in both categories is insane, but he finished with 735 yards receiving compared to 369 rushing.

He’s the same kind of player the Titans were hoping to get in Dion Lewis, and the same type of player we saw in Lewis the first 3 months of the 2018 season, which is a player we desperately need on third downs.