The 2021 NFL Draft is over, but the Tennessee Titans aren’t quite done tweaking their roster. That’s a good thing because, even though some nice strides were made during the selection meeting, this proud franchise is a long way from announcing the final 53-man depth chart in September.
Titans GM Jon Robinson and his team added Caleb Farley, Dillon Radunz, Monty Rice, Elijah Molden, Rashad Weaver, Racey McMath, and Brady Breeze during the three-day 2021 NFL Draft. At the time of this story being written, former Denver Broncos wide receiver Fred Brown has been on the team for about a day, and the Titans have some very impressive prospects that they’ve added as undrafted free agents.
Here’s who they’ve added. Make sure that you bookmark this one for updates.
Here’s where the Tennessee Titans are in terms of UDFA signings.
James Smith, punter, Cincinnati Bearcats: As NFL Network’s Rich Eisen would say, ‘punters are people too’. James Smith averaged 43.6 yards per boot during his four-year run with the Cincinnati Bearcats, and he’ll have a chance to earn a roster spot on a Titans team that needs special teams help. Grade: A
Blake Haubeil, kicker, Ohio State Buckeyes: Come on. They can’t add a punter and not add a kicker! It’s a party now folks! Grade: A
Cole Banwart, offensive guard, Iowa Hawkeyes: No fan of smashmouth football will take any issue with adding depth to the offensive line. Philly’s starters are set except for the right tackle position. This gives them a nice reserve option that they can develop. Grade: B-
Chandon Herring, guard, BYU Cougars: Sure, Chandon Herring’s teammate Tristen Hoge is a better prospect, but as someone who assisted in keeping Zach Wilson’s jersey clean, this is someone that deserves a look. Grade: B-
Naquan Jones, defensive tackle, Michigan State Spartans: Even for a nose tackle, Naquan Jones, a six-foot-four and 340-pound stop-gap seemed to be too heavy. He’s decent as a run defender, but if he struggled to create pressure at the collegiate level, how will he ever do so consistently in the NFL? Grade: C
Tory Carter, fullback, LSU Tigers: The fullback is a dying position in the NFL, but the Tennessee Titans add one in the form of Tory Carter. Now, does he have a defined role or will he block for Derrick Henry. Grade: C
Can you imagine how that’s going t wear opposing teams down in the fourth quarter? Then again, wouldn’t he just be in the King’s way?
Miller Forristall, tight end, Alabama Crimson Tide: At six-foot-five and 244 pounds, Miller Forristall is an interesting prospect and a problem for opposing defenses. Grade: C
Briley Moore, tight end, Kansas State Wildcats: Okay, they’ve added a fullback, two guards, and two tight ends. What in the world are they trying to pull in Tennessee? It sounds like some smashmouth football may be on the horizon. Grade: B
Justus Reed, defensive lineman, Virginia Tech Hokies: Justus Reed is a six-foot-three, 270-pound defensive lineman that tallied nine sacks and 28 tackles during his final ten games at the collegiate level. It will be fun to see how he develops. Grade: A-
Mekhi Sargent, running back, Iowa Hawkeyes: Maybe it’s possible that, while the Titans brass was watching Cole Banwart clear a few holes for the Iowa Hawkeyes running game, that they saw Mekhi Sargent running through them.
In 34 games at the collegiate level, this five-foot-nine, 209-pound stud racked up 1,740 yards on 354 carries, another 300 yards on 32 receptions, and he scored 21 total touchdowns (20 rushing and one as a receiver). Grade: C