Grading an aggressive Tennessee Titans fourth round

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The Tennessee Titans put in some serious work during Round 4.

The only real criticism of the Tennessee Titans draft class through the first three rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft was that they were focusing too much on value and not enough on the ‘needs’ on the roster. Well, Jon Robinson found a way to do both in the fourth round.

Everything started when Tennessee traded up to the top of the round to go after a player they loved in wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick from Louisville.

Day 3 is the area of the draft where familiar names start to disappear and the potential role players take center stage. Teams are looking for specific roles or desirable traits. Fitzpatrick started 34 games in his career at Lousiville, and he fills the versatile inside/outside receiver role that the Titans were missing. He played that role well enough to lead the team in either receiving yards or receiving touchdowns in 3 of his 4 seasons.

While his production is solid, his physical traits were the big reason why he was so coveted by the Titans.

Take a look at his RAS score below:

Being nearly 6-foot-2 and having that frame would be enough to warrant a look after four years of solid production, but that is exceptional speed from someone with that size.

The best comparison for Titans fans might be a slightly heavier and faster Tajae Sharpe, except without the elite college production. Grade: B