Round Five, Pick 174:
James Proche, WR, SMU
Similar to Lynch, SMU’s James Proche was a production monster at the college level with concerns about how his game will translate at the next level.
The Mustangs’ wide receiver lit up the box in both his junior and senior seasons, totaling 209 receptions, 2,424 yards and 27 receiving touchdowns in those final two years at the college level. The Titans aren’t in dire need of a wide receiver at this point, but having a player with that level of upside on the roster would be a tremendous boost to a roster looking that could use an influx of depth at pass-catcher.
But, as I mentioned, Proche is entering the draft with a few red flags. His measurables and combine performance didn’t win him any fans, and he acquired all of his high-level production against lesser-talent in the American Athletic Conference. Without the best size or speed in the world, questions about Proche’s NFL floor are fair to think about.
Proche, however, was simply too good in college to ignore completely. He’s a player that excelled against contested catches and developed into a sure-handed safety valve that could fill a Tajae Sharpe type role on the Titans roster in 2020.