Titans love to draft CFB playoff participants.
There is a very good chance that if you watch the College Football Playoffs today, you are going to see a future Tennessee Titans draft pick.
How good are the chances? Well, under Jon Robinson the Titans have had 12 picks in the first two rounds, 5 of those picks have played in the playoffs that same year. So there is nearly a 50% chance that either the Titans first or the second round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft is going to be playing football today.
Now if you needed a reminder, today the matchups are going to be Alabama vs Notre Dame and Clemson vs Ohio State. Unsurprisingly, those teams are loaded with talent and it might be hard to keep track of which players are top-64 picks in the upcoming draft from those teams.
So, here is a watchlist based on those four teams and the big boards of Tony Pauline and Dane Brugler.
1. Trevor Lawrence QB, Clemson
-I’m listing everyone regardless of whether or not the Titans have a chance at them.
2. Justin Fields QB, Ohio State
3. DeVonta Smith WR, Alabama
-Would be a perfect fit and someone that has the elite production that the Titans fall for in the predraft process, but next to no chance that he is in draft range without a Julio Jones-like trade.
4. Alex Leatherwood OT, Alabama
5. Dylan Moses LB, Alabama
-The first defensive player on the list, I don’t think Moses is going to go nearly as high as people thought years ago, but he has been productive his entire career and he should be fully removed from his knee injury in 2019.
6. Wyatt Davis iOL, Ohio State
7. Patrick Surtain CB, Alabama
-A big, physical cornerback who would be very interesting to the Titans if they think they need a better player on the outside.
8. Shaun Wade CB, Ohio State
-A faller this year, Wade is probably going to be available when the Titans pick in the first round. The big question will be, why did he have a down year when he was being coached by the best cornerback coach Titans fans have ever seen (Kerry Coombs).
9. Jaylen Waddle WR, Alabama (injured)
10. Justyn Ross WR, Clemson (injured)
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11. Najee Harris RB, Alabama
-Do it all running back who is theoretically a perfect complement to Derrick Henry since he can run very well in a zone-blocking scheme like the Titans run, except he can block and catch on 3rd downs.
12. Chris Olave WR, Ohio State
13. Travis Etienne RB, Clemson
14. Pete Werner LB, Ohio State
15. Mac Jones QB, Alabama
16. Josh Myers iOL, Ohio State
17. Derion Kendrick CB, Clemson
-A former 5-star WR converted to DB, he is still learning the position and he has some clear upside because of that. Also has some experience as a kick returner and he has the feel of a guy that is going to make a team better because of his athleticism.
18. Jackson Carman OT, Clemson
19. Baron Browning LB, Ohio State
20. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB, Notre Dame
-Tony Pauline has him as a late 2nd, Dane Brugler has him as a top-15 pick in the draft, so it is clear that he is a pretty divisive player. I think that he is going to be an off-ball linebacker who is going to be annoying for tight ends and running backs in coverage who can also make splash plays as a blitzer or situational pass rusher.
21. Christian Barmore DL, Alabama
22. Liam Eichenberg OT, Notre Dame