The Tennessee Titans land two expected starters in Round 1 and Round 2.
Caleb Carley, cornerback, Virginia Tech (Round 1)
Biggest Problem: Health concerns, experience
As you know, there are a ton of NFL pundits and NFL Draft experts that believe that had Caleb Farley shown that he was more sturdy and had he not undergone a medical procedure right before the most recent selection meeting, he probably would have been taken over both Patrick Surtain II and Jaycee Horn as the first cornerback that was taken.
He sat out of the 2020 season due to concerns about COVID-19, and while no one would ever blame him for that, if we’re being honest, it did rob him of an opportunity to demonstrate that he had mastered his craft. Keep in mind the fact that he’s only played 23 games as a defensive back after being recruited to Virginia Tech to play wide receiver.
Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State (Round 2)
Biggest Problem: A lack of elite competition at the collegiate level
While no one would deny that the North Dakota State Bison have built quite the football program at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision level in Fargo, this isn’t a squad that’s seeing the Alabama Crimson Tide, Clemson Tigers, or the Ohio State Buckeyes with any regularity.
Say what you want, but competition matters, and even though it’s wise when discussing the brilliance of a young quarterback prospect like Trey Lance to give the nod to one of the guys that kept him upright (offensive tackle prospect Dillon Radunz), something should still be obvious to everyone that’s watching.
Radunz has never seen the level of competition that he’s about to see at practice, let alone in an actual game that counts against the Tennessee Titans’ win-loss tally.