Rookies will have an impact
The Tennessee Titans didn’t have a big draft class, but it looks like they will get some immediate contributions. Let me go pick by pick and talk about why I think these players have made a good impression or if I haven’t noticed them.
1st round: Isaiah Wilson, OT
-Wilson has been mentioned as being huge, which is accurate but I will say that I am surprised by how light he looks. He is still going to be 20+ pounds heavier than Taylor Lewan, but he isn’t sloppy for his size which would have been incredibly easy during the lockdown.
I’m cautiously optimistic about Wilson for the first time.
2nd round: Kristian Fulton, CB
-Not to slight Kalif Raymond‘s speed, but Johnathan Joseph got absolutely dusted on a route by Raymond on the first day of practice and that is all I have heard about him. Things are different when the WR doesn’t have the entire field to work, but the big thing that lost Logan Ryan a roster spot was his lack of speed.
Fulton doesn’t have that problem and while he still needs to learn the playbook, I think it is safe to say that he will play the 3rd most snaps at CB this season, barring an injury to anyone.
3rd round: Darrynton Evans, RB
-Maybe the most talked-about rookie in camp so far, Evans looks poised to play a lot. Whether it is the extra work he got with Ryan Tannehill and Jonnu Smith in Florida, everyone raving about his ability on passing downs or the quickness and easy change of direction that he has shown in practice, Evans seems like a big hit so far.
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5th round: Larrell Murchison, DT
-The Titans have had a good stretch of signing DTs outside of the first two rounds. In fact, if you exclude 7th round picks, in the last 15 years the Titans have been excellent and half (8 out of 16) have played 60+ games including Jurrell Casey, Randy Starks, William Hayes, Karl Klug, Daquan Jones, and Angelo Blackson.
Murchison may be the next to claim a spot on that list, and coaches have raved about his work ethic and toughness. Interestingly/unfortunately enough, that was on display today when he was banged up but refused to leave the field.
7th round: Cole McDonald, QB
-McDonald seems to be getting plenty of reps throwing the ball around and he is the only QB that was used in some of the drills to try to sure up DB tackling because of his athleticism and quickness.
I don’t think the Titans keep 3 QBs on the roster, but if they keep 2 and put one on the practice squad and protect him, then I think McDonald could be a long term developmental option for the Titans who has some Taysom Hill in him.
7th round: Chris Jackson, DB
-Hate to end on a down note, but I really haven’t heard much on him. Hopefully, he makes some plays soon so that the young, athletic depth of this secondary can continue to grow.