2017 Draft, Round 3, Pick 72 — Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky
Redraft Pick: Carl Lawson, OLB, Auburn (Taken by the Bengals with the 116th overall pick)
We’ve finally reached the part in the redrafts where the Titans have a formidable-enough roster to start taking more luxury picks, meaning Tennessee pulls the trigger in the third round on a 3-4 outside linebacker from Auburn, Carl Lawson.
Originally with the 72nd pick, the Titans made a move for Taywan Taylor, the productive receiver out of Western Kentucky that Robinson was hoping would finalize the receiving corps after drafting Corey Davis in the first round.
Taylor never really panned out in the NFL. After an up and down couple of seasons with the Titans, Taylor found himself on the Browns’ roster where he struggled to find the field. Instead of sticking with the brief highs and lows of Taylor, Tennessee focuses their attention on linebacker depth, with the hope that Lawson can turn into a future starter.
Lawson hasn’t set the league on fire with the Bengals, but 8.5 sacks in his rookie year with 14.5 total in three years shows that Lawson has the potential to be a solid contributor in the league. With both Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan being past their primes in 2017, the third-round pick would give Tennessee a great rotational player with a chance to start sooner rather than later.
The real Tennessee Titans could use someone like Lawson, and maybe Mike Vrabel would know how to bring the best out of him enough to mold the three-year player into a starter.