4 Tennessee Titans who are set to turn heads at training camp
Tennessee Titans cornerback Elijah Molden
Now, this guy should be fun to talk about. The Tennessee Titans took two cornerbacks during the most recent NFL Draft as you know. Caleb Farley was the first at the 22nd-overall selection. Elijah Molden‘s name was called almost 24 hours later at the 100th-overall selection during the draft’s second day.
Molden has some size to him as he tips the scales at 191 pounds, but he’s also short, standing at five-foot-ten. Now, will this second-generation NFL star settle in as an outside or slot guy in Tennessee’s defensive secondary, or will the fact that he gives up ground when flipping his hips and what’s been deemed as, at best, average athleticism lead to some question marks as we move through camp?
You guys can argue among yourselves about that one. While you’re doing so, here’s something to chew on. NFL.com’s best voice for evaluating draft talent, Lance Zierlein, gives him a grade of 6.25, which means that he should be a good backup that eventually transitions into being a starter. Zierlein also compares him to Tyrann Mathieu who, as you know, is a safety.
Molden is listed as a cornerback on the Titans’ roster. He also played cornerback at the collegiate level. He earned a Second-team All-Pac 12 nod in 2018 and a First-team All-Pac 12 nod in both 2019 and 2020 for his efforts. Moving forward, this could be someone to watch.
He might be too short to battle guys on the outside. He may not be shifty enough to hang with guys on the inside. Might a move to the backed of Tennessee’s defense be the play at some point in the future. It’s too early to tell, but we can all agree that he’ll get some extended looks in 2021.