Grading the Tennessee Titans exceptional 2021 NFL draft class

Elijah Molden (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
Elijah Molden (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images) /
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Caleb Farley (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
Caleb Farley (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /

Let’s give a final grade for the Tennessee Titans draft.

After trying to go through Jon Robinson’s thought process at every pick, let’s go back to the two goals of this offseason.

As soon as the Jacksonville Jaguars officially had the first pick in the draft, there were two things the Titans had to accomplish this offseason.

First, do anything possible to make this defense a grizzly bear instead of a teddy bear. The Titans could not afford for Trevor Lawrence to be allowed to comfortably grow into the quarterback that everyone projects him to be.

This draft helped accomplish that goal. The additions of Caleb Farley, Elijah Molden, and Rashad Weaver perfectly complement the free-agent signings of Bud Dupree, Denico Autry, and Jackrabbit Jenkins to add serious teeth to this Titans defense.

The second goal of the offseason was to find a way to sustain the elite offense that the Titans had in 2020.

That is still up for debate. Wide receiver is still a projection based on what was previously talked about in the section, and the tight end position is going to require good coaching. Despite not spending a pick on a tight end, the Titans have signed two UDFA tight ends with draftable grades according to Dane Brugler.

Briley Moore of Kansas State (late 6th round) and Tory Karter of LSU (7th round) both were deemed valuable enough for a draft pick. Those two will compete with Jared Pinkney who was once believed to be worthy of a 6th round draft pick in 2020 and Miller Forristall to make the Titans roster.

If (and these are big ifs) the Titans can manufacture production from the tight end position and if the wide receivers perform like I believe they can, then this offense can sustain that production thanks to their Pro Bowl quarterback, pro bowl wide receiver, Hall of Fame running back, and one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.

The final grade for the Tennessee Titans 2021 NFL Draft class: B+