Round 3, Pick 93: James Lynch, Interior Defensive Lineman, Baylor
Other Potential Picks: Justin Madubuike, IDL, Texas A&M — Leki Fotu, IDL, Utah
If the Titans are looking to address their lack of pass-rushing production in the draft, there might not be a better combination of Day Two picks than Anae in the second round and Baylor’s James Lynch in the third.
While Anae projects as an outside linebacker in the NFL after playing as a small defensive end in college, Lynch could join the Titans roster at 6′ 4, 295 lbs. of aggression and hustle which could be very needed this season on the Titans defensive line.
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With Jurrell Casey being traded to the Broncos earlier this offseason, Lynch could potentially take over as the opening week starter if the Titans decide to play more 3-4 looks.
Lynch didn’t develop the most diverse arsenal of moves at the college level, but he rarely ever needed anything more than his raw strength. The AP First-Team All-American simply overpowered his offensive line competition time and time again, regularly fighting through double teams and putting together an impressive resume through only three years in college.
19.5 TFL’s and 13.5 sacks in his final year of college is a staggering accomplishment, building off of his nine TFL’s and 5.5 sacks from his sophomore season. Yet, Lynch is projected to fall past the first few rounds of the draft and into the late third. His technique will need improvement, but Mike Vrabel has proven to be a sound defensive coach who can get the most out of this talented defensive linemen, should the Titans choose to draft him.
If not, then Tennessee could have Texas A&M’s Justin Madubuike or Utah’s Leki Fotu waiting in the wings to fill the same roster need. No matter who they take here should have the talent needed to compete with Isaiah Mack for the Titans starting defensive tackle spot.