Tennessee Titans trade down with Dallas Cowboys in 4-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft
By Will Lomas
Tennessee Titans 4th round pick and recap
Round 4, pick 126: Derrick Barnes LB, Purdue
-Rounding out the draft, Barnes is an athletic linebacker and the Titans have had a lot of success with athletic linebackers on Day 3 including guys like Jayon Brown and David Long Jr.
Barnes is very similar to Rashaan Evans when he came out of Alabama in the fact that you could make an argument for a future as either an off-ball linebacker or an EDGE, and the Titans have time to let him grow on special teams while they figure out exactly what they want to do with him on defense.
The good and the bad of this draft class for the Titans
I am obviously biased, but I love this class for the Titans. Just look at the starting lineup on both sides of the ball.
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QB: Ryan Tannehill
RB: Derrick Henry
WR: A.J. Brown, Josh Reynolds, Dyami Brown
TE: Anthony Firkser, Geoff Swaim
OL: Taylor Lewan, Rodger Saffold, Ben Jones, Nate Davis, Ty Sambrailo
DL: Jeffery Simmons, Denico Autry, Peyton Turner
EDGE: Bud Dupree, Harold Landry, Gregory Rousseau
LB: Jayon Brown, David Long
CB: Kristian Fulton, Jackrabbit Jenkins, Asante Samuel Jr.
S: Kevin Byard, Amani Hooker
Overall, I think that is a better team than what the Titans fielded at any point in 2020 and the defense would be one of the most talented Titans units in the last decade or so, which is a HUGE leap from where they were in 2020.