Grading the Tennessee Titans exceptional 2021 NFL draft class

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Dez Fitzpatrick (Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports
Dez Fitzpatrick (Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports /

What will the Tennessee Titans do at wide receiver?

The big question coming out of the Tennessee Titans draft class is, what happens at wide receiver and tight end?

We’ll talk about tight ends in a second, but the receiver position is the big concern for everyone, so let’s start there.

First of all, remember that the Tennessee Titans probably have some level of confidence in their passing attack already. A.J. Brown is the best young receiver in the NFL and he is on a Hall of Fame pace in his young career, that is just a fact.

On the other side, the Titans added Josh Reynolds who is one of the most consistent receivers in the NFL and the perfect example of this is that he has averaged exactly 7.6 yards per target in each of the last three seasons.

If you look at players that had 150-plus targets and 7.6 yards per target over the last three years Reynolds lands right in the middle of Jarvis Landry, Antonio Brown, Danny Amendola, and Juju Smith-Schuester. So don’t write off Reynolds as a solid WR2 in this offense even if he isn’t quite as efficient as Corey Daivs.

As for depth, the TItans added special teams ace and height/weight/speed receiver Racey McMath as well as trading up for Dez Fitzpatrick who projects to be a bigger, faster version of Tajae Sharpe. Think about it like this:

WR1: A.J. Brown -> A.J. Brown (same)

WR2: Corey Davis -> Josh Reynolds (slight decline)

WR3: Adam Humphries -> Dez Fitzpatrick (upgrade on availability alone)

WR4: Kalif Raymond -> Racey McMath (both ran a 4.34, but McMath is five inches taller and 20 pounds heavier, so upgrade)

WR5: Cam Batson -> Cam Batson (same)

There are still trade possibilities on the table for the Titans, but even if they don’t make a move I’m not sure that the WR room isn’t better in Tennessee top-to-bottom than it was last year when you remember that Humphries basically didn’t play.