Tennessee Titans 3rd round picks
Round 3, pick 75: Dyami Brown WR, UNC
-Brown is one of only three wide receivers in this draft class who passes the “Matias Wodner Rule” and his combination of speed and underrated physicality makes him a great fit as the Titans’ third wide receiver.
Round 3, pick 85: Payton Turner EDGE/DL, Houston
-You can make the case for Turner as an EDGE or a DL, but regardless of where he starts out his career with the Titans, he has the versatility to develop into a unique chess piece along a defensive line that would suddenly be very difficult to block.
On film, you can see why he was named a captain during his time at Houston by his great effort and his willingness to do the dirty work when asked to. His projected fit and high floor make him the perfect insurance policy for a boom or bust prospect like Gregory Rousseau, and if both prospect works out, their styles mesh well together.
Round 3, pick 99: Trey Smith OL, Tennessee
-I gave Trey Smith the vague position of “OL” because I have always thought of him as a good prospect at guard until his fantastic Pro Day opened the possibility for more in a ZBS similar to what the Titans use.
Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel were in attendance for that Pro Day and if you want someone who is the polar opposite of Isaiah Wilson, then look no further than Trey Smith. Smith stayed local and went to Tennessee despite being one of the nation’s top prospects and everyone around the program (even though most of the faces have changed) is going to tell Robinson and Vrabel how much they loved working with him.
His love for football is palpable and that was never more clear than when he decided that he would risk his health to play the game that he loved after finding out that he had issues with blood clots earlier in his career.
I can’t say enough about the person that Trey Smith is and how well he is going to do in interviews. Depending on how he develops in the NFL, he is either going to be the heir apparent to Rodger Saffold or Ben Jones, or he could be a sleeper candidate to be the Titans next long-term option at right tackle.
Round 3, pick 100: Talanoa Hufanga S, USC
-With six picks inside the top-100, you get to take a few chances, and one of those chances should be on an undersized playmaker like Hufanga.
Over the last two seasons, Hufanga has quietly been one of the best safeties that no one was talking about, and I would stack his last 16 games against nearly anyone in the country.
2019-2020: 152 tackles, 13 TFLs, 6.5 sacks, 4 INTs, and 4 FF
After this draft, the starting five defensive backs should be set, but Hufanga gives them an incredibly intriguing dime package player who can come in and play rover in the box and sniff out plays.