After trading up in both the first and second rounds the Titans finished with only four total picks but they didn’t disappoint with those selections. Our Tennessee Titans 2018 NFL Draft Review analyzes all four picks looking at how each pick fits both scheme and value wise.
Tennessee Titans 2018 NFL Draft Review
1st Round, Pick #22: Rashaan Evans LB Alabama
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It is only fitting that former linebacker Mike Vrabel’s first pick as a head coach would be to draft an inside linebacker. Rashaan Evans is a fun player to watch as he is ultra aggressive attacking the ball with a combination of explosiveness and strength to not only jar back offensive lineman but maintain his balance and then attack the ball. Evans is also a good blitzer and can be used in creative ways either up the middle or off the edge to help this defense out.
2nd Round, Pick #9: Harold Landry DE Boston College
If Harold Landry’s ankle injury can get back to 100% the Titans may have the biggest steal in the entire draft. When healthy Landry has shown to have elite explosiveness and bend around the corner. There is a reason he was getting Vic Beasley comparisons. Landry would also be a welcome sign to the Titans as they need some edge rushing help as Derek Morgan and Brian Orakpo are declining players and Kevin Dodd has not been the pass rusher they hoped they’d be getting.
5th Round, Pick #15: Dane Cruikshank CB Arizona
In an already deep secondary the Titans are likely looking for Cruikshank fill a role as a key reserve who can play both in the slot and be a hybrid safety/corner type role. At 6’1 he has the size and toughness to match up with tight ends and to stick his nose in the run game while possessing the speed to run with receivers deep. He may have a low ceiling, but he has a high floor as a backup.
6th Round, Pick #25: Luke Falk QB Washington State
While I would have loved to see the Titans go after a backup quarterback who has good mobility to give them something similar to Marcus Mariota but at this point General Manager Jon Robinson likely felt that Falk had the most upside out of any remaining quarterback. Falk is an accurate quick strike thrower but with below average arm strength it can affect his accuracy downfield. He has the potential to be a solid back up in the league.
Draft Grade: B+
Best Pick: Harold Landry