Grading the Tennessee Titans exceptional 2021 NFL draft class

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What about the rest of the Tennessee Titans draft?

If it wasn’t enough for you that the Tennessee Titans completely transformed the defensive backs into a unit that might not give up the worst third-down conversion rate in NFL history, let’s look at the rest of the draft.

Kendall Lamm was penciled in as the starter at right tackle, but Jon Robinson refuses to hand people jobs they haven’t earned. Lamm will have to compete against Ty Sambrailo and second-round pick Dillon Radunz in 2021.

Beyond this season, it looks like Radunz is destined to be the starter at right tackle which should give them three years of cheap, quality tackle play opposite Taylor Lewan.

Initially, the Monty Rice pick was a head-scratcher, but the more you look and listen, the easier it is to understand.

Next year the Titans are probably going to lose one if not both of their starting linebackers (Rashaan Evans and Jayon Brown). While David Long is capable of being the replacement for Brown, the replacement for Evans is harder to see. Enter Monty Rice.

Dane Brugler describes Rice like this:

"Overall, Rice has limitations in coverage and must become more measured in his attack, but he is a downhill banger with the killer mentality desired by NFL coaches."

That is exactly what the Titans want from their linebackers and it is almost a perfect hybrid of what Rashaan Evans and David Long were when they entered the NFL.