Tag: Tennessee Titans

What Are The Titans Problems?

The Titans are coming into week 5 vs the Dolphins with a record of 2-2, 3rd in the AFC South but very much in the race to win the division a quarter of the way through the season. The Titans are going into the easy stretch of their schedule. Week 5 at Miami, Week 6 at home on Monday night vs the Colts, Week 7 at the Browns, Week 8 at home vs the Ravens. They have a combined record of 4 wins and 11 loses. The Titans could go 3-1 at best obviously 4-0. The Colts will more than likely have their starting quarterback Luck back for the Monday night game. But he won’t be in mid season form, So the Titans could still very much take the win. 

The two biggest questions about this team are 1. The secondary/ Defense, And 2, The offensive play calling. The defense is ranked 29th in total defense. Mainly cause the Texans had their way with them. The biggest question is was that 1 game exactly that. Just one game, If so we don’t have to much to worry about considering Byard, Jackson will get better as the season goes on. If it’s not just the one game. Then the Titans are in big trouble. I still see this team struggling against teams like Steelers, Colts later on in the season if Luck doesn’t get hurt again, Texans again, The Cards with Larry and Brown, And the Rams with this new offense under McVay with Gurley, Watkins, Kupp and under McVay they are finally using Austin right. A lot of people I have seen have been talking down on Adoree, Saying he is getting killed and beat. We didn’t draft Adoree to be the starter right off the bat like he did. He was mainly going to be the nickel corner with kick and punt duties. But he out performed Sims, Which kinda tells you Sims wasn’t ready to be that guy on the outside.

As far as the offense goes, I believe the play calling will be what holds this team back. Especially once Davis comes back in week 6 or 7 is when I think he’ll come back. And at 100 percent he would give Marcus and this offense a weapon we haven’t had really ever in Nashville. But if the continues to call plays the way we are now, The drafting of Davis and Taylor wasn’t the greatest of picks then. Taylor isn’t really on the field as much as he should be. And when he is he is getting carries and/or quick screen passes. Only sometimes he will get out on an actual route, We saw what he could do on a (go) route against Bouye. Now why aren’t we using him more like that? Cause we are to busy trying to run the ball with 2 tight ends or 2 tight ends and a full back. Take the Texans game for an example, We are down 21-0 and we run the ball on 1st and 2nd down. For a total of 4 yards. Leaving us with a 3rd and 6 and what do Terry and Mike want to do and call? They call a run with Taylor up the the middle. A small wide out coming in motion and getting the ball. And it doesn’t work. We are too busy trying to run the ball that we can’t get Marcus into a rhythm with his wide outs. I think that’s partially why he hasn’t been able to do well till the 2nd half. I’m truly starting to believe that we won’t win the big games or a playoff game with this type of offense. And Marcus won’t be as good as he truly can be until we change things up, We can still run the ball but we have to be able to throw the ball with more than 2 or 3 options for him to throw it too, We must adjust our offense, Look at KC, Pats, Raiders, Bucs, Rams. They all adjust their offense to their QB. KC, Pats, Raiders, Bucs and Rams pass with at least 3 options with the running back having an option to come out in the flat almost every time they pass the ball. They have adjusted to the QB. Of course they have good play calling in good situations for the most part. But also look at their play book to the Titans. It’s much bigger with more formations and more plays, Just look at Marcus in college and when he has plenty of options to throw the ball to, He’s much better in and out the pocket. But our coach goes the other way and makes us run the ball.

Until we fix these problems we won’t be a legitimate threat to go deep in the AFC playoffs. Say what you will but the proof in the past is evidence that Mike Mularkeys way doesn’t work.

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Kevin Byard will be a household name

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FS Kevin Byard was tabbed as our breakout candidate of the year prior to the season. (Photo Credit: titansonline.com)

What defensive coordinator has more success with safeties than the legend, Dick Lebeau? He has orchestrated some of the most fearsome defenses in the NFL throughout his coaching career. When a coach with his level of expertise handpicks a prospect, there is a good chance that he will pan out. Dick Lebeau was vocal about Middle Tennessee safety, Kevin Byard. Before the season, we chose him to be our Breakout Candidate of the year.

His rookie campaign was solid, yet unspectacular. With poor cornerback play last season, Byard was left cleaning up broken coverages and holding the last line of defense. The cornerback position has been rehauled since then and two games into this season, he has been very outstanding. He’s great in coverage and active in run support. The former Middle Tennessee standout has already racked up 14 tackles.

Extrapolate those numbers through a 16 game slate, and he would be looking at 112 tackles.  Are those tackle numbers sustainable? Maybe not. But, this week against the Jaguars, Byard played all 67 defensive snaps. He was the only player on the defense to do so. The coaching staff has faith in him, and so does the man who drafted him.

“He’s always had a swagger, but he’s more vocal. He’s kind of the field general back there.”  Titan’s GM Jon Robinson on Kevin Byard’s progression.

Pair his instincts and his high motor together, add in being on the field for the majority of defensive snaps, and you’re going to see Kevin Byard blow up this year. Anything less than top five safety numbers this season, would be an absolute surprise.

The Titans throttle Jacksonville

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Derrick Henry will not be denied the touchdown, runs right over Jalen Ramsey.

In what was most certainly a tale of two halves, the Titans proved that they are the smashmouth kings of the AFC South. It seemed like coaches Mike Mularkey and Doug Marrone were using the same playbook in the first half, feeling each other out and trying to establish the run game.

It was tough sledding for the Titans early, and the Jacksonville defensive line kept Demarco Murray bottled up. Likewise, Jacksonville’s Fournette couldn’t get much going either. Marcus Mariota had a spotty first half, with a few questionable throws. Including an errant throw that was picked off by Telvin Smith. He settled down once the run game started to take off. He ended the day 15/27 with 215 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

The real story on the day was the emergence of Derrick Henry. He did most of his damage in the second half, and had a career high 92 yards on the day with a touchdown. He consistently broke tackles, and the Jaguars couldn’t slow him down.

 

Blake Bortles is always going to Bortles it seems, his three turnovers were nails in the coffin for Jaguars. Brian Orakpo hit him for a strip sack in the second quarter, which was recovered by Erik Walden. Then Bortles had two tipped balls in the second half that the opportunistic Titans defense intercepted.

The Titans dropped 31 points on Jacksonville in the second half, and validated some of the hype that media pundits were lavishing on them prior to the season. Next week’s matchup, against the Seattle Seahawks, will be another bar fight and will test the toughness of this Titans team. Fantasy owners, do what you can to move Demarco Murray, King Henry has ascended his throne.

 

 

 

Breakout Candidate of the Year: Tennessee Titans (Part 1)

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Former MTSU standout is looking to build on an excellent rookie campaign.

Dick Lebeau’s defensive scheme is always at it’s peak when it has a playmaking safety patrolling the secondary. His most iconic player ever, is likely former Pittsburgh Steelers’ great, Troy Polamalu. Coach Lebeau left the land of the Yinzers, and travelled south to Nashville to mastermind a defensive turnaround for the Tennessee Titans.

In the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Titans braintrust selected a safety from Middle Tennessee State, Kevin Byard. Dick Lebeau was very impressed with him and said, “He has an exceptional football mind and I think that is one of his strengths. He is going to grow and he is going to be a coach on the field, there is no question about that.” That’s glowing praise from a legendary coordinator.

Byard went on to validate much of it in his rookie season, playing in all 16 games and starting in 7. He had 63 tackles and four passes defended. DBkM3kvUQAE0w7S.jpgAccording to Pro Football Focus, in the 7 games he started, Byard gave up the second fewest receiving yards per snap (.22) in the NFL. Byard will start all 16 games next season, barring injury, and will have plenty of opportunities to build on a good rookie campaign.

The Tennessee Titans secondary has a new look this year, after several key additions. With the Titans signing Logan Ryan (former New England Patriot) and drafting Adoree Jackson (USC) in the first round, cornerback play should be much improved from the travesty that was fielded last season. When Byard learns to trust his cornerbacks, he’ll be able to attack the ball more frequently. Another season within Lebeau’s scheme will see him grow as a player. By the end of next season, expect Kevin Byard’s name to be in the conversation with some of the best safeties in the league.

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Will Eric Decker end up in Nashville?

The New York Jets recently released wide receiver Eric Decker, in what has been a roster purging. Now as a free agent, he can choose where he continues his career. His first stop was in Tennessee, where he spent the day and watched practice with Mike Mularkey and John Robinson. This move makes sense for both parties. He and his wife, country singer Jessie James, have a home in Nashville. The Titans recently used draft picks to bolster a weak wide receiving unit, and added Western Michigan’s Corey Davis and Western Kentucky’s Taywan Taylor. Both picks have been getting very good reviews so far.

Eric Decker would bring a veteran presence to the unit, that Harry Douglas and Tajae Sharpe really can’t provide. While last season was cut short by injury, 2015 was a very good campaign for him. Decker left without a deal, but could see one offered in the coming days. The meeting was basically the Titans just touching bases with the former Jet, to see if he was healthy. If signed, he could give the Titans another reliable option, and could serve as a one way ticket out for the under-performing Harry Douglas or the accused bar brawler Tajae Sharpe.

 

 

The Patriots way? Building an offensive line.

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Titans GM Jon Robinson has done a good job adding talent to a roster that wasn’t quite there. (Photo Credit to titansonline.com)

Patriots Current O-line

LT Nate Solder (R1-17)

LG Joe Thuney (R3-78)

C David Andrews (UDFA)

RG Shaq Mason (R4-131)

RT Marcus Cannon (R5-138)

Titans Current O-line

LT Taylor Lewan (R1-11) *on roster prior to Jon Robinson taking over

LG Quinton Spain (UDFA)

C Ben Jones (R4-99) *FA aquisition from the Houston Texans

RG Josh Kline (UDFA) *signed after New England cut ties

RT Jack Conklin (R1-8)

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The Titans chose Michigan State’s Jack Conklin in the first round last year. He validated his draft position by only allowing two sack all season. (Photo Credit to ESPN.com)

When Jon Robinson came to Tennessee, his first mission was to protect Marcus Mariota. In one season, he completely revamped the offensive line. The only holdover is left tackle Taylor Lewan, who was selected to his first pro bowl this past season. Robinson signed Quinton Spain from West Virginia, who went undrafted. Ben Jones crossed over to the dark side, after Tennessee signed him away from the division rival, Houston Texans. Josh Kline had originally been signed to provide depth. However after Chance Warmack went down with a hand injury, Kline started the next fourteen games and performed admirably. Finally, rookie Jack Conklin was selected eigth overall to seal up the right tackle spot that had started the likes of Byron Bell and Jeremiah Poutasi last season. He did that and more, allowing only two sacks all season and was named to the PFF All-Pro squad.

The line performed even better than what Robinson could have imagined. They only gave up 28 sacks all season, and paved the way for the third best rushing attack in the NFL. There does seem to be a method to the way John Robinson handles his business on the offensive line. But, did he adopt this way of thinking in New England or did they adopt his strategy? That, we’ll probably never know for sure. Either way, both clubs put a premium on the left tackle position. That’s not strange at all, many teams across the NFL do as well. But, the interior is built on day two and three draft prospects with a sprinkling of undrafted free agents. New England has had success with this formula, turning players like Dan Koppen into pro bowlers and player like Joe Andruzzi into competent starters. The Patriots have long been known to put together patchwork offensive lines without much draft pedigree and still be successful.

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Titans seventh round selection, Corey Levin, from FCS Chattanooga. (Photo Credit to NFL.com)

This year’s draft class for the Titans, added a couple more developmental prospects with potential . Chattanooga’s Corey Levin was a seventh round selection. He was a three time all american at the FCS level, and projects inside as a guard or center. Another seventh round selection, Brad Seaton from Villanova fits the same criteria. He’s an enourmous prospect (6’8), that will fit the swing tackle position nicely. He also hails from the FCS level.

The Titan’s offensive line has been a bright spot so far in Robinson’s tenure, and should remain so. Marcus Mariota’s future and the hopes of all Titans fans, are all in the hands of Jon Robinson.

Predicting the Tennessee Titans record for 2017

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Tennessee’s 3rd year signal caller, Marcus Mariota. (Photo Credit to Fox Sports)

1. Raiders

This should be a brawl of two teams on the rise. As long as Mariota and Carr are both healthy, this game has the makings of a barn burner. In a very close matchup, Mariota and company avenge last season’s seven point loss. This week one game could be a preview of some not too distant playoff bout.

Record: (1-0)

2. @ Jaguars

After last season’s embaressing loss, when the Titans needed to win most, expect Mularkey to have the crew ready to come out hot. The Jaguars have a team loaded with potential talent, and a possible coaching scheme to maximize it. Titans get the running game going early, and ride it to a win here.

Record: (2-0)

3. Seahawks

Titans have a fight on their hands here. Though the Seahawks aren’t where they were a few years ago, this game will still be a good measuring stick for the boys in blue. The run game may struggle a bit, and that could cause some serious issues. Seahawks win this game on an opportunistic turnover.

Record: (2-1)

4. @ Texans

Titans are beginning to get the AFC South monkey off of their backs. Lebeau’s defenses have a very good track record against rookie quarterbacks. If Watson is the starter by week 4, look out. JJ Watt still gets his, but the Titans pull away with a victory.

Record: (3-1)

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Franchise quarterback and Franchise left tackle, things are definitely trending up in Nashville. (Photo Credit to ESPN.com)

5. @ Dolphins

The Dolphins added some pieces to their defense through the draft, and will expect them to contribute early. Though the Dolphins have some star power on the defensive line, the Titans have a pretty good unit opposite of them. Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin keep the pocket clean off the edge, but interior pressure may be an issue. Titans use the short passing game and the run game to get a win here.

Record (4-1)


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6. Colts

The Colts with a competant General Manager are absolutely terrifying. They added some very good pieces on defense, including Ohio State phenom Malik Hooker. Hooker will bring a different element to that defense, and the Titans don’t want this be a shoot out. However, in the first matchuip, it ends up that way. Colts edge out the Titans.

Record: (4-2)

7. @ Browns

Though the Browns made some nice additions this off season, the Titans still hold almost every advantage. They walk into the factory of sadness and come out with a “W”. Myles Garrett will be tested by fire, against two very talented tackles.

Record: (5-2)

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9. Ravens

The Ravens added some solid defensive pieces in Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey and Tim Williams. They also added a pass rusher from Houston, Tyus Bowser. The Ravens are trying to recapture the defensive magic they had a few years ago, that propelled them to a Super Bowl Championship. The defense isn’t there yet, and neither is the ground game. Titans win another.

Record: (6-2)

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If OLB Brian Orakpo can stay healthy all season, expect another 10+ sack year. (Photo Credit to titansonline.com)

10. Bengals

The Titan’s new cornerback, Logan Ryan, will have his hands full with A.J Green. Expect speedster John Ross (Washington) to take the top off of this defense. it’ll be a tough go, Titans drop one here.

Record: (6-3)

11. @ Steelers

The Steelers have some of the most dangerous weapons in the league. Antonio Brown has proven himself be an elite option at wide receiver, and Leveon Bell is a workhorse back with homerun potential. Big Ben will look to use the home field advantage, and get a win here.

Record: (6-4)

12. @ Colts

This time the Titans get it right, pounding the rock and keeping the game within striking distance. Expect the Titans to atleast split with the Colts this season, which could set this up as a winner takes the division. Titans win.

Record: (7-4)

13. Texans

Predicting a sweep is bold, considering how nasty Houston’s defense is. But, we are doing just that. Watson looks way better in his second showing, but still struggles on the road. Titans defense overwhelms him, and the Titans take home the victory.

Record: (8-4)

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One of the nastiest interior defenders you’ll ever meet, former USC standout, Jurrell Casey. (Photo Credit to Bleacher Report)

14. @ Cardinals

The Cardinals are a team that could be right in the thick of a playoff run. Another tough test for the Titans, especially on the road. If Carson is healthy (a big if), then the Cardinals come up with the win here.

Record: (8-5)

15. @ 49ers

With the wholesale change that the team and organization have went through, expect the 49ers to have some growing pains this season. Expecting the Titans to roll here, although the 49ers have some good, young pieces defensively.

Record: (9-5)

16. Rams

As with the 49ers, the Rams have seen alot of change this off season. If Sean McVay can salvage Jared Goff this season, there could be rays of hope on the horizon. The Titans should have another good game, and get to their first ten win season since 2008.

Record: (10-5)

17. Jaguars

The Titans cap off the regular season with another solid win over the Jaguars. They finish the season strong, and build their momentum for a playoff run.

Record: (11-5)

Final Record (11-5)

AFC South Champs

First Round bye in the playoffs

Draft Needs: Tennessee Titans 1st round

The Tennessee Titans were one of the more surprising teams of the past season. They went from 3-13 in 2015 to 9-7 in 2016 showing dramatic signs of improvement. They have a young roster with a quarterback on the rise and physical run offensive scheme. The routes they could go vary depending on how they want to build the team. The main positions in question are wide receiver, defensive backfield (particularly CB), and defensive line. They have the 5th overall pick and 18th pick providing many options for moving around the board. There have been rumors stating they would like to trade one of the picks while looking to add a second round pick, that as of now are lacking. GM Jon Robinson likes physical players as you can see with how the offense was built. We’ll look at a few prospects that could fit at their current draft positions.

Fits for 5th pick:

  1. Marshon Lattimore (OSU) CB – With a defensive backfield that was underwhelmed in terms of talent this seems like a great pick. Lattimore is widely considered the top cornerback in this draft due to his size, speed, and natural athleticism. He could be a top tier corner in a pass happy league and help a pass defense that finished 30th in total yards allowed. Lattimore would be a plug and play corner capable of matching up against the top wideout week to week if it were needed. With the signing of Logan Ryan the Titans would be able to let Lattimore learn from an experienced player while taking on the opposing teams second wideout for the majority of his rookie year.  If Lattimore is here at five the front office would have a hard time passing up a player that fits a major team need and would be one of the better players left on the board. Southern Miss LSU Football
  2. Jamal Adams (LSU) SS– If Jamal Adams falls to five I think Jon Robinson would be looking at the player of his dreams. Finding athletic physical back end players is easier said than done, but with Adams that’s exactly what you get. The Titans did sign SS Jonathan Cyprien who is somewhat of similar player to Adams in terms of play style. The difference is that Adams has proven to be a capable cover man which is where Cyprien has struggled thus far into his career. Adams would be great in new defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s  3-4 scheme. While having a good combine some were worried about his 4.57 40 time, but at his pro day he ran a 4.33 40 which definitely solidified his spot in the top 10 in my mind. I think he has the potential to be a game changing talent who enforces the back end of a defense.

3. Jonathan Allen (Alabama) D-Line – With the switch to a 3-4 defense this pick seems to make a lot of sense. The Titans are a physical team on the offensive line with some of the best young talent in the whole league. With the pick of Allen they would be trying to duplicate on the defensive line. Allen is a solid all around player that would provide physicality to a defense with no identity. The defensive front currently only has one player that would be deemed above average in Jurrell Casey and adding Allen would provide a good young talent group. Some have been worried about Allen’s red flags of shoulders, but he played throughout college with the same worries and was very productive and durable. This pairing would also be very good during obvious passing downs when they bump inside due to both being above average interior pass rushers. Playing in the SEC Allen has shown his strength while also being a very good athlete ask Trevor Knight.

 

Fits for 18th pick:

  1. OJ Howard (Alabama) TE– This is a bit of stretch because I think Howard could go way earlier. Out of all the prospects in this draft this could be the most ideal fit for a team that bases it’s offense around a power run game. Howard is a conventional tight end that exceeds in blocking while still being a great athlete and above average receiver. Adding him would give Mariota another weapon and continue to help him through his development. Not to mention a two tight end set of Howard and Delanie Walker would provide major mismatches to most if not all defenses. I would say they should draft him at five, but it would be somewhat of a reach at that point. This would be dream scenario for the Titans in adding a defensive player with their first pick while still being able to find a scheme fit to help offense.
  2. Corey Davis (WMU) WR– Davis has lost some of the hype he had leading up to the combine. It is rather hard to evaluate him against his competition in the MAC and his ankle injury that has kept him out of the combine and pro day. He has incredible athleticism that allows him to out muscle and out run defenders. he does have occasional concentration drops that hopefully will be remedied in the NFL. His physical play and speed would give Mariota a legit #1 option that has not been available in his first two years. Davis would allow the field to be stretched like never before for the Titans, which would only enhance the effectiveness of their running game. The running game by itself provide man coverage for the rookie making the task of getting open much easier.
  3. John Ross (Wash) WR– Adding John Ross would be interesting and could provide major benefits in terms of stretching the field. He has the capability to be the next Desean Jackson barring injury. His vertical ability is hard to match and would force the defense to leave a safety over top, making the run game once again a heck of a more dangerous. Ross does have injury concerns that would need to be approved by the medical staff. Also, he doesn’t seem to fit the team identity of physical play making this the least likely option in my opinion. If the Titans already had an established #1 receiver this would be more likely, but expect to see Davis over Ross in this situation.

Mock: 1st Round, Picks 1-5

With the draft roughly a month away teams are starting to identify certain players that they want to target. It’s almost inevitable that some information will come out to knock someone down the board or someone will be a late riser but, right now the top 5 is looking to be some combination of these players.  There are all types of rumors out there of who will pick who, but I will release mock picks, these picks will be based on team needs, what I would do as GM, and players available.

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  1. Cleveland Browns Pick: Myles Garrett (Texas A&M ) EDGE 

With this pick the Brown’s could finally do something right in the draft and change the direction of the franchise. Practically everyone in the league is expecting the Brown’s to draft Garrett and the Brown’s have said they will not be trading the #1 pick. In Garrett Cleveland will be getting a pass rusher that has excellent size and speed with the opportunity to be a franchise changing talent. Garrett can play with his hand in the dirt or standing up and has countless moves to rush the quarterback. Pairing Garrett with Jamie Collins, Danny Shelton, and Joe Haden would provide the Browns with a good young defensive core to build around. By the time draft day comes everyone will be wondering about the #2 pick, because this pick is about as close to a lock as it gets.

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2. San Francisco 49ers Pick: Jamal Adams (LSU) SS 

Not many people have Adams mocked here, but think about who the new GM is?? John Lynch. I’m thinking he would like to add a game changer just like himself in the defensive backfield. Pairing Adams with FS Eric Reid would provide for a nasty, ultra athletic, and young pairing of safeties. Adams plays with physicality while also having the skills to interrupt plays at all levels of the defense. He is consistently around the ball and would provide leadership for a young team looking to rebuild. Kyle Shanahan has said they would like to replicate the Seahawk’s defense and what a perfect way to start by getting two young safeties, just like Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.

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3. Chicago Bears Pick: Solomon Thomas (Stanford) DL

Thomas plays with a burst of explosion not seen very often for linemen of his size. Watching his bowl game against North Carolina shows his explosion and ability to disrupt plays in the backfield. The Bear’s have many different needs, but none of the players remaining provide the upside and immediate contributions that Thomas offers. The Bears were 27th last season in rush yards per game allowing 121.9 yards, Thomas could help fix that problem and also provide inside pass rush on sub packages. New defensive coordinator Vic Fangio would have plenty of ideas in mind to move Thomas around in his 3-4 scheme.

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4. Jacksonville Jaguars Pick: Leonard Fournette (LSU) RB 

If Fournette is here for the Jaguars they should debate on him and DT Jon Allen, but taking Fournette would dramatically help Blake Bortles. The Jaguars made off-season moves to sign Calais Campbell this year and Malik Jackson last year, while Allen would help, the Jaguars need a punishing running back to take time off the clock. Tom Coughlin would love the idea of a grind it out football game with what should be an above average defense and Blake Bortles not throwing the ball so much. The Jaguars finished 22nd in rush yards per game at 101.9 yards and Fournette could certainly boost that number by a significant margin. Fournette offers a rarely seen combination of size (240lbs) and speed (40 yard dash- 4.5 sec) that was last seen by the likes of Adrian Peterson. With Fournette the Jags could finally get a running game to help Bortles and hope the few passes he does throw won’t be intercepted and taken to the house.

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5. Tennessee Titans Pick: Marshon Lattimore (OSU) CB

The Tennessee Titans are sitting back in their chairs thinking about how they stole the Rams pick last year. The Titans will be looking for help in the defensive backfield and also wide receiver to help young Marcus Mariota. Picking a wide receiver here would seem a little high and I would not be surprised to see the Titans trade back and gain a second round pick. But, if they stay Marshon Lattimore would be a great pick and an instant starter. He has the speed and size to stick with most receivers in the NFL and pairing him with Logan Ryan would provide the Titans with a formidable young cornerback duo. Lattimore is seen by many as a perfect prospect and after watching his film there’s not much to dislike unless you really want to knitpick. He does have hamstring problems that have bothered him in his college career which could be worrisome to some teams, but the Titans will be willing to take the chance and get a day one starter.

 

Tennessee Titans: 7 Round Mock Draft

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Free Agency Recap

Cut

NT Al Woods

Resigned

QB Matt Cassel

DE Karl Klug

TE Phillip Supernaw

Signed

CB Logan Ryan

SS Johnathan Cyprien

NT Sylvester Williams

WR Eric Weems

LB Daren Bates

S Brynden Trawick

Player Not Retained

TE Anthony Fasano (Dolphins)

WR Kendall Wright (Bears)

OG Chance Warmack (Eagles)

 

7 Round Mock Draft

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Big Board used: Inside the Pylon

 

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Round 1 Pick 5

Corey Davis (WR-Western Michigan)

The Titans have needed a consistent threat as a number one receiver for years. Corey Davis has the route running and ball skills to step into that role. He is a legitimate jump ball threat, and will help take some pressure off of last year’s Free Agent acquisition Rishard Matthews. Realistically,  Jon Robinson may look to move this pick and acquire more draft ammunition. There is the chance that the Titans could trade down a few spots and still nab Davis.

 

 

 

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Round 1 Pick 18

Gareon Conley (CB-Ohio State)

The Titans secondary had a very rough go last season, ranking 29th in passing yards allowed (269.2 yards per game). It was so rough, Perrish Cox was cut mid season after a particularly bad outing.  The Titans signed former New England standout Logan Ryan and Ex-Jacksonville Jaguars SS Johnathan Cyprien to help revamp the unit. They also need an infusion of talented youth. Conley has been a stalwart for the Buckeyes the last two seasons. He’s most suited to playing on the outside, possessing the length and press skills to redirect receivers off the line. He has the speed and burst to mirror receivers throughout their routes, and can close and make a play quickly. Conley could come in early and press the incumbent Jason McCourty for a starting spot.

 

 

 

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Round 3 Pick 19

Sidney Jones (CB-Washington)

Jones was widely considered a top 20 pick until he injured his Achilles at his Pro Day. The Titans could turn a weakness into a strength here, grabbing a high upside pick with Sidney Jones.A redshirt year to get healthy and Jones could be back to playing at a high level. Before his injury, Jones had the athletic ability and coverage skills to match most receivers at any level of the field. While there is no guarantee he comes back with the same agility or quickness, it’s worth the gamble if he falls this far.

 

 

 

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Round 3 Pick 36

Daeshon Hall (DE-Texas A&M)

Hall is a very versatile edge rusher, and has played at both Linebacker and Defensive End during his time at Texas A&M. While Tennessee has two very productive Outside Linebackers, Orakpo is over thirty with multiple pectoral tears on his resume and Morgan is 28. The Titans need some insurance. Hall has some nasty speed off the edge, and can really put pressure on opposing Quarterbacks. He can contribute immediately as a pass rush specialist, and in time can develop into an every down player.

 

 

 

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Round 4 Pick 18

Adam Shaheen (TE-Ashland)

Delanie Walker is fresh off of his second Pro Bowl appearance, but is 32 years old. The Titans need a player to groom to take over his role. While Jace Amaro could develop into that player, Adam Shaheen is great value pick here. Shaheen is a matchup nightmare (6’6, 278 lbs) that declared early from a Division II school, mostly due to his insane production. He racked up 26 receiving touchdowns over the course of two years. He has the size and speed to threaten down the seam, and could be an immediate chess piece to move around. He’ll have to develop into a more sound blocker to have an impact in Mularkey’s run heavy scheme. If he drops this far, he’s an absolute steal.

 

 

 

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Round 5 Pick 20

Jessamen Dunker (OG-Tennessee State)

The Titans had a very solid Offensive Line last season, spearheaded by first round selections Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin. The weakest link according to PFF was Josh Kline, who scored an 80.0 on their scoring metric. For reference, Kelechi Osemele  was the top rated Guard with and 89.1. The Titans mantra last season has been competition, with that we select Jessamen Dunker. While he is athletically limited as a Tackle, Dunker could do well with a transition inside. He is a sound technician with smooth footwork, but could stand to add some functional strength. Between Dunker and last year’s Draft selection Tretola, the Titans could boost the competition.

 

 

 

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Round 6 Pick 30

Paul Magloire Jr (LB-Arizona)

Magloire has played a bit of everything in his career, but his fit at the next level is a hybrid LB/Safety position. The Titans have recently signed Johnathan Cyprien, who will be used in a very similar hybrid role. Magloire is an instinctive player that does well sifting through the trash and finding a lane to the ball carrier. Expect, him to be used as an injury insurance policy for Cyprien and an immediate special teams contributor.

 

 

 

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Round 7 Pick 18

Trent Taylor (WR-LaTech)

Taylor is undersized at 5’8 and 178 lbs, but he’s a crisp route runner and makes people miss in space. He could finish the revamp of the Wide Receiver unit, pushing last year’s selection Tajae Sharpe for the lead slot role. He could contribute on special teams as well, which is a huge factor in late round picks.