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Draft Decisions

NFL Draft Needs: Titans

by Josh Norris
Updated On: March 31, 2019, 2:21 am ET

Evan Silva (@EvanSilva) is Rotoworld's Senior NFL Editor, and Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) is Rotoworld's lead Draft Analyst. Together, they're breaking down every team's biggest needs and offering potential solutions in April’s draft.

For a breakdown on every team, check out the team-by-team draft preview schedule.

Notable Pre-Draft Additions: LG Rodger Saffold, WR Adam Humphries, OLB Cameron Wake, QB Ryan Tannehill.

Starting Offense

QB: Marcus Mariota
RB: Derrick Henry
WR1: Corey Davis
WR2: Taywan Taylor
SLWR: Adam Humphries
TE: Delanie Walker
LT: Taylor Lewan
LG: Rodger Saffold
C: Ben Jones
RG: Jack Conklin
RT: Dennis Kelly

Starting Defense

RE: Jurrell Casey
LE: DaQuan Jones
NT: Austin Johnson
ROLB: Harold Landry
LOLB: Cameron Wake
ILB: Rashaan Evans
ILB: Wesley Woodyard
LCB: Adoree Jackson
RCB: Malcolm Butler
SCB: Logan Ryan
FS: Kevin Byard
SS: Kenny Vaccaro

Team Needs

Silva's Analysis

Pass Rusher: Even after hitting on 2018 second-rounder Landry, Tennessee’s pass rush remains weak with Brian Orakpo calling it quits and Derrick Morgan’s contract expired. Landry also battled ankle problems in each of the last two years. The Titans didn’t create enough backfield penetration even with Morgan, Landry, and Orakpo on the 2018 roster, finishing 16th in sack rate (6.8%) and 20th in both QB hit rate (15.2%) and tackle for loss rate (19.8%). Free agent pickup Wake turned 37 in January.

Pass Catcher: Although quarterback play and offensive design warrant at least partial blame, the Titans simply haven’t gotten enough from their young receivers. Davis is still a week-to-week proposition entering year three, and neither Taylor nor Sharpe has capitalized consistently enough on their opportunities. Walker is coming off a severe ankle injury at age 35. High-priced slot man Humphries gives Mariota a chain-moving option over the middle but lacks true big-play chops.

Cornerback: Butler didn’t show nearly enough to be guaranteed a 2019 starting job free of competition, while Jackson took a sophomore step back after a promising rookie campaign. Quarterback is worth mentioning as an additional need with Mariota entering his contract year coming off yet another injury-impacted season and career-low 11 touchdown passes while taking a career-high 42 sacks. Over the last two years, signs of Mariota making progress have been few and far between. In-house promotion Arthur Smith will be Mariota’s fifth offensive coordinator in five years.

 

Titans 2019 Draft Picks

Norris' Options

1 (19). EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson - As I’ve written in other posts in this series, the first-round edge group is top heavy, and Ferrell might be last on the list. As Evan mentioned, Wake is a nice pairing with Landry, but planning for the future at a pivotal position is important. While Landry’s game is built on athleticism and bend, Ferrell’s is built on hand use and length to create separation and shed.

2 (51). WR Kelvin Harmon, NC State - As Twitter pal Tom Gower pointed out, the Titan have valued production at the receiver spot in recent years. Harmon posted over 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons. I have serious questions about his ability to separate, but he’s is comfortable in contact. Other than Corey Davis, that is an area where the Titans are lacking.

3 (82). DL Renell Wren, Arizona State - A theme in this draft is creating disruption up front. Too often Wren was asked to play the 1-technique, directly next to the center. He can play any inside alignment and his first step instantly puts him in the backfield. The Titans need a big body other than Casey who can play beyond the line of scrimmage.

4 (121). DL Daylon Mack, Texas A&M - Right now the Titans don’t have a replacement for Bennie Logan. Enter Mack, who is a squatty anvil who is nearly impossible to move off his spot. Plus, if he creates momentum, he has enough pass rush ability to walk a center or guard into his own quarterback.

5 (157). CB Alijah Holder, Stanford - With the Patriots’ imprint on the Titans, you have to think they also value 3-cone times at corner. Holder’s 6.70 really stands out.

6 (188). Acquired from Dolphins in Ryan Tannehill trade - iOL B.J. Autry, Jacksonville State - The Titans have a very solid swing tackle in Dennis Kelly, but they lack a viable utility interior lineman.

Josh Norris
Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .