It was just two short years ago that the Titans were the worst team in the NFL. Now they are coming off a playoff win and looking to build on a strong foundation. They have some work to do, particularly on the defensive side, but if they have a strong offseason, they can establish themselves as a consistent playoff contender.
1st Round: Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA
The Titans need a pass rusher and everything about their new staff indicates to me that they’ll take one early. Head coach Mike Vrabel played linebacker, primarily in a 3-4, in the NFL for 14 seasons. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees had a deep stable of pass rushers while running the Ravens defense. Davenport is a little raw, but plays violent and has a great combination of size and ability to move. He will be a nice addition to the Tennessee defense and has promising upside for the future.
Right before the half @OfficialShon_4 shows off his elite ball skills. After the ball goes off the receiver's hands he pops into the picture, makes the great grab and for an added bonus he returns it for six #Longhorn points. #HookEm pic.twitter.com/NHXdMhvZe4
— Mike Fanelli (@MikeSports22) February 4, 2018
2nd Round: DeShon Elliott, S, Texas
The Titans struggled against the pass last year despite spending a first round pick on Adoree Jackson and having one of the best young safeties in the game in Kevin Byard. Here they add another talented young safety to really give them a strong foundation in the back end. Elliott is very good in coverage with above average ball skills. He’s also a guy who can make plays defending the run, physically taking on blocks and wrapping up to make sound tackles. This is the kind of well rounded safety who can really take the Titans defense to the next level.
3rd Round: Braden Smith, G, Auburn
Tennessee is a run first team that wants to wear opposing defenses down. Smith has decent strength and moves well to get to the second level and out on pulls. He also has the ability to protect often injured franchise quarterback, Marcus Mariota. Smith can come in right away and compete for the starting job.
If not for midseason injury, I think we’d be talking about Shaun Dion-Hamilton as a comfortable early day 2 pick. Medicals will be huge for him at the Combine, but he’s among the best at the position in this class. pic.twitter.com/8eUl8qyBSl
— Jonathan Valencia (@JonValenciaBF) February 7, 2018
4th Round: Shaun Dion-Hamilton, LB, Alabama
Avery Williamson is a free agent and should be getting a nice payday this offseason. If the Titans do lose him, Hamilton would be a nice replacement. The biggest issue he’ll have to overcome is a lengthy injury history. His medical checks will be critical through the draft process, but if Tennessee takes a chance on him, he could really payoff in the long run if he stays on the field.
5th Round: Duke Dawson, CB, Florida
A true nickel corner, Dawson can be a very good role player in the NFL. He’s a strong and physical tackler who can play a role in stopping the run. And while he does lack some desired quickness, he makes up for it with excellent intelligence. He’s a perfect addition as a special teams player and as a guy to cover slot receivers.
6th Round: Larry Rose III, RB, New Mexico State
The Titans are likely going to be parting ways with DeMarco Murray this offseason and they’ll need someone to back up Derrick Henry. Rose is a small running back with good burst and a real knack for leaking through tight spaces. He can also make a man miss in open spaces. Rose brings the kind of contrast that could really compliment what the Titans already have.