The Tennessee Titans mostly had a good draft but not every pick was a winner. Jarrett Bailey of NFL Spin Zone wrote an article with every team’s worst draft pick and for the Titans, he said it was Racey McMath.
Bailey offered this insight as to why he thought McMath was the Titans’ worst selection in the 2021 NFL Draft:
"McMath didn’t get a ton of targets while at LSU and there were more proven guys at the position that were available. Austin Watkins out of UAB would have been a great addition; instead, he goes undrafted and signs with the 49ers.McMath got the benefit of playing at LSU and, if Watkins or Cade Johnson from South Dakota State played at bigger schools, it wouldn’t be a competition as to who is more skilled. It seems like the Titans drafted the school rather than the player."
Racey McMath is considered the Tennessee Titans’ worst draft pick.
Honestly, if a sixth-round pick is the Titans’ worst draft choice then they clearly had a pretty good draft. McMath wasn’t taken to be a game-changer in the Titans’ offense, but rather a depth piece for a wide receiver group that took a hit this offseason after losing Corey Davis and Adam Humphries.
Yes, there were better and more well-known options available at the wide receiver position as Bailey noted above, but by the sixth round, it’s all about finding guys that fit your team and your scheme. The Titans clearly felt that McMath did that and they brought him in.
Titan Sized’s own Bryce Lazenby concurred with Bailey’s assessment in his recent draft grades article, giving the selection of McMath a D. He had this to say about why he gave the LSU wide receiver such a low grade:
"It is a little concerning that McMath never factored in really at all in a high-powered LSU offense. He only collected 33 catches during his four seasons at the collegiate level. He does have speed, and projects to be a deep threat with decent size and quickness, but the sample size just isn’t there."
The Titans took another wide receiver, Dez Fitzpatrick, two rounds earlier and that pick has been questioned quite a bit too. The Titans’ handling of the wide receiver position as a whole has been under fire by NFL writers this week and it makes sense as to why. It felt as though the team might have put more of an emphasis on drafting one, but they waited until Day 3 to address the position.
Many analysts felt that the Titans reached on both Fitzpatrick and McMath. While they might be onto something there, we won’t truly know what to make of these picks until the season gets underway and we see the players in action.