Here’s some analysis for that first Tennessee Titans selection.
People are probably going to be upset that the first pick isn’t a corner or wide receiver, but you have to remember what this team has been building this offseason.
On defense, they have been trying to build a unit that can get to the quarterback with as few people as possible. Now, the base package is probably going to involve Bud Dupree, Harold Landry, Denico Autry, and Jeffery Simmons.
The problem is this. The Titans have been a team more willing to put three defensive tackles on the field than two edge rushers. Jack Crawford was a prime example of that last season because he played 30-plus snaps in 11 of his 16 regular-season games.
Crawford is a defensive tackle by trade, but for the Titans, he played a lot of five-technique on the opposite side of Harold Landry and outside of Jeffery Simmons and DaQuan Jones.
In 2021, the Titans defense will have two different looks, a typical 4-2-5 scheme and an over front with three defensive linemen, one edge rusher, two off-ball linebackers, and five defensive backs.
The projected starters on the line of scrimmage would be Harold Landry, Bud Dupree, Jeffery Simmons, Christian Barmore (with Autry rotating in) in the 4-2-5. In an over front, Bud Dupree, Jeffery Simmons, Christian Barmore, Denico Autry (with Landry as a stand-up linebacker) figure to get the most snaps
Barmore is one of the few players in this draft class that can start in both looks and his SEC pedigree and production make him a perfect fit for the Titans.