Most mock drafts from major media members don’t matter, but Charles Davis has a good handle on the Tennessee Titans.
Not all people in the media are created equally and due to his ties to the state of Tennessee and his experience as an analyst for the Titans preseason games, it is worth noting when Charles Davis talks about the Tennessee Titans.
In his final mock draft, Davis had a chance to pick for the Titans with a pretty loaded board in front of him.
Jeff Gladney (CB, TCU) and Marlon Davidson (DL/EDGE, Auburn) were both still on the board, but Charles Davis decided to stray away from convention.
With the 29th pick, CD selected Austin Jackson OT from USC for Tennessee saying:
"I’m going with an OT with upside to fill free-agent departure Jack Conklin’s spot at right tackle. I do keep hearing that the Titans like Auburn DE Marlon Davidson’s physical play, though."
[EDIT: Initially I wrote this thinking that Davis had selected Isaiah Wilson from Georgia, I don’t know whether there was a change or if my eyes played tricks on me but nearly all of the same logic applies.]
I think this would be a very bad decision for a lot of reasons, from technique issues to some athletic limitations (though less than Isaiah Wilson), but that isn’t what I dislike the most.
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My biggest problem is that the Tennesse Titans chose to keep Dennis Kelly over Jack Conklin, knowing that they were probably going to move on from Jurrell Casey and have enough cap to keep Conklin if they wanted to.
Despite that, the front office chose to keep Kelly which makes me think that at the very least they are interested in starting him this season and giving him a real shot.
So, taking an offensive tackle over a cornerback that they desperately need or a wide receiver that could be worked in immediately, seems to be a bad decision all around.
Hopefully, this is just a smokescreen that Charles Davis is caught in because it does seem like offensive tackle is being brought up a lot this offseason. I’m not sure if that is because most media people see the biggest contract leaving a team and then call it a “need”, but unless Davis just got swept up in the momentum of those reactions it is unlike him to call something a need that isn’t.
Another possibility is that maybe he is hearing that Jackson carries a first round grade and he believed it was BPA like he did with Jeffery Simmons last year?
Either way, ideally this is another “Drew Lock” situation and Tennessee can either move down from this pick or spend a first round pick on someone that isn’t the 6th best player at their position.