Titans NFL Draft grades: Experts all over the board with J.C. Latham selection

The Titans selected Latham seventh overall.
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With the seventh pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans selected J.C. Latham, an offensive tackle out of Alabama. They were thrown for a loop when the Chargers took Joe Alt two picks prior but went with who they believed to be the next-best tackle in Latham.

Titan Sized's own Will Lomas was not a fan of the pick and gave the selection of Latham a D. Some of the draft pundits were also confused by the Titans' first-round draft choice but others thought it was a solid pick.

2024 NFL Draft Grades: Experts are split on Titans taking J.C. Latham

Mel Kiper Jr, ESPN: Head-scratching move

Let's start with a negative review of the Titans' selection. Kiper included the Titans' pick of Latham in his "head-scratching moves" section of his column. He mentioned that he likes Latham as a prospect but that this was a confusing move for Tennessee.

"Yes, offensive line was their biggest need, but this isn't great value. In back-to-back drafts, Tennessee now has taken a right tackle and guard in the top 11. It still has a void at left tackle, too. Now, it sounds like the Titans are going to try Latham there, but it's not a lock that he's an above-average blindside protector."

Mel Kiper Jr.

PFF: Good

The PFF team didn't give out actual grades but said the Titans' pick of Latham was good. The write-up mentioned that the team desperately needed help at offensive tackle and they were thrown for a loop when Joe Alt's name was called two picks prior.

"Few teams had a more glaring need than the Titans did at offensive tackle. With Joe Alt off the board, Tennessee tabbed Latham as the top remaining tackle. The Alabama product is a massive physical presence, weighing in at 343 pounds with 35-plus-inch arms, and he earned an 80.0-plus pass-blocking grade in back-to-back seasons to finish his college career."


Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: B+

This feels like a fair letter grade for the pick. As Prisco notes, the Titans desperately need a left tackle yet Latham plays right tackle. Will they end up playing him at left tackle anyway?

"He is a right tackle and they need a left tackle, so it will be interesting to see how they play it. But he's a violent player wherever he plays. They cross-train at Alabama at both left and right, so he should be able to make a smooth transition. "

Pete Prisco

The Athletic: B

Another grade where the position is right but the player might not have been the right choice. As noted, Latham was a right tackle and the Titans need a left tackle. What happens now?

"Tennessee absolutely needed a tackle as part of its offensive line reconstruction, and Latham has the potential to become an anchor for a decade. But is this the right spot for him? He was a right tackle at Alabama, and the Titans have a glaring need at left tackle. If Latham can make that move, it’s perfect. If not, this becomes a question mark."

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