How did the Tennessee Titans make the most of their three 7th round draft picks?
It is hard to do anything of significance with a 7th round pick, so Tennessee Titans GM Jon Robinson faced a tough task to make his three 7th round draft picks work for him. Well…two 7th round picks.
In the past, even Jon Robinson hasn’t been able to hit on anything special in the 7th round instead, doing better work with UDFAs like Sharif Finch, Isaiah Mack and Derick Roberson among others.
Who did they draft?
They started by taking their first QB in the draft, Cole McDonald. There were some people before the season that thought McDonald could have pushed his way into the first round and on tape you can sort of see why.
The next move they made was to send their 2020 7th round to the Kansas City for their 2021 6th, which at worst will be a move that gets them picking 25 picks sooner next year.
Finally, they selected Chris Jackson CB, Marshall. You may not know anything about him…which puts you right on the same page with me.
What I can say is that he is 6’0 and was incredibly productive in college with 45 PBUs and 7 interceptions in 4 years as a starter.
Where do they fit?
McDonald is so interesting because he is going to make the preseason fun again. He isn’t afraid to let it rip and while he did end up with 24 interceptions in his career, he also had 70 touchdowns and double-digit rushing touchdowns.
Keep an eye on those rushing numbers because McDonald is an elite athlete at quarterback with a 36-inch vertical jump along with a 10+ foot broad jump and a 4.58 40-yard dash.
As for Jackson, I can only guess that he is a pick who has some special teams ability, but who will also fill out the depth chart as a nice matchup vs taller WRs.
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Who else was on the board?
-Steven Montez QB, Colorado State
-Malcolm Perry RB/WR/QB, Navy
-Marquez Callaway WR, Tennessee
-Kalija Lipscomb WR, Vanderbilt
-Quartney Davis WR, Texas A&M
-Jake Breeland TE, Oregon
-Dallas Warmack iOL, Oregon
-Sam Slowman K, Miami (OH)
-Rodrigo Blankenship K, Georgia
-Javaris Davis CB, Auburn
-A.J. Green CB, OKST
-Myles Bryant CB, Washington
-Shaun Bradley LB, Temple
-Derrek Tuszka EDGE, North Dakota State
-Mike Danna EDGE, Michigan
-Darrion Daniels DL, Nebraska
Who I would have drafted?
It is hard to criticize any 7th round pick because the strategy for 7th round picks is different from anything else in the draft.
When you look at a 7th round pick, what you are seeing is a team getting a guaranteed signing from someone that they are almost sure that they won’t be able to sign as an UDFA. If a team has 0 QBs on their roster then they don’t really need to use a pick on a QB in the 7th because any prospect would be jumping at the chance to sign with them instead of signing with a team where you have to beat out two or three other guys to get a paycheck.
So I don’t have any names that stand out to me as guys that the Titans would have been better off drafting because I can’t know what kind of conversations they are having with UDFAs and who they might already have a “wink-wink” deal with.