It’s time to talk draft Tennessee Titans fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • March 13, 2019 • Updated: April 8, 2018
First-year head coach Mike Vrabel took the team to 9-7. He did a good job fixing as much as he could given what he had to work with. The defense gave up less points, but had trouble disrupting the backfield. The offensive gave up too many sacks and pressures, and the passing game struggled. There’s still a lot of holes to fill on this team, but a good draft and a few good free agent pick ups and this team should show continued improvement in 2019.
The signing of OG Roger Saffold was a good addition to the offensive line. They add former Buccaneer WR Adam Humphries in free agency, giving Mariota a new favorite target.
2019 draft picks
Tennessee received no Compensatory Picks.
- Defensive End
- Defensive Tackle
- Tight End
- Running Back
Keeping Marcus Mariota healthy would be one of the biggest priorities this team will need to address heading into free agency and the draft. Success starts in the trenches, we saw that in the Super Bowl. Until Tennessee revamps their line, they’ll struggle to take the next step. The addition of Saffold was a good first step in the right direction. Adding some fresh blood at tight end and running back might also make the priority list.
Like every team, getting pressure on the quarterback is one of the most important factors in shutting down pass-happy offenses. Will the Titans consider moving up in the draft to grab a talent like Montez Sweat? Getting more pressure off the edge has to be a priority. If there’s a talented blitzing DE/LB hybrid player in the middle rounds, they might go for help there.
Prospects to watch
Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
Sweat passes the eye test at 6-6, 252, and he’s got the frame to get bigger. For a lanky guy, he possesses an excellent bull rush. He uses his hands better than anyone else in the class, consistently swatting away the tackle’s arms. He has also shown good hand placement, punching into the lineman’s chest, creating an initial shock with those long arms.
He has shown good bend around the corner. He hustles to the ball. He was the most talked about player at the Senior Bowl.
Ben Banogu, LB, Texas Christian
If they can’t move up and get a player like Sweat, maybe they take a player like TCU’s Ben Banogu in the third round? Once considered a late round pick, Banogu has been a player on the rise. Many teams find his versatility intriguing. He projects as a pash rushing linebacker, capable of slide up to end on third-and-long. He led the Horned Frogs with 18 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He’s a high effort player with good burst, and he uses his long arms to his advantage.
Mitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson
Hyatt was a Consensus All-American at LT for the National Champs. He just turned 22 years old, and yet, Hyatt is one of the most polished and durable tackles in the draft having 54 career starts, most in Tiger history. Playing in the SEC, he has already faced some of the best pass-rushers to have entered the NFL over the last four years.
Tyler Drob, OC, West Chester
Drob was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award. He was named All-PSAC East First Team for the second time in his career after not allowing a sack the entire regular season and paving the way to the PSAC’s top-ranked rushing offense. He played RG at West Chester, but could move to OC at the next level. He did play center at the HBCU Spirit of America Bowl and looked good.
Players to Watch: DE Joshai Polite, Florida; DE Mathieu Betts, Laval; OT Yodney Cajuste, West Virginia; DE L.J. Collier, TCU; S Amani Hooker, Iowa; DE Derick Roberson, Sam Houston State; CB LaDarius Wiley, Vanderbilt; and DT Daniel Wise, Kansas.
General Manager: Jon Robinson | Head Coach: Mike Vrabel | Offensive Coordinator: Authur Smith | Defensive Coordinator: Dean Pees
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R1 Rashaan Evans LB | R2 Harold Landry DE
2017: R1 Corey Davis WR | R1 Adoree’ Jackson CB
2016: R1 Jack Conklin OT | R3 Kevin Dodd LB
2015: R1 Marcus Mariota QB | R2 Dorial Beckham-Green