Tennessee Titans 2017 Draft Review

1st/5 Corey Davis, WR

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 209 School: Western Michigan

Adding a weapon for Marucs Mariota was a top for the Titans as they wasted little time taking Corey Davis with their first of their two picks. While there were concerns with Davis since he was unable to work out for teams with an injured foot, Davis dominated the competition with 1,500 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns in 2016. As long as the foot heals the Titans found their number one receiver.

 

1st/18 Adoreé Jackson, CB

Ht.: 5-10 Wt.: 186 School: Southern California

After giving up the third most receiving yards in the NFL last season and the Titans turned to the 2017 Thorpe Award (best defensive back) Winner to help solve their issues. Jackson is a world class athlete, narrowly missing out on qualifying for the Rio Olympics in the long jump, who took a giant step forward in 2016 and only stands to improve now that he is focusing solely on football.

 

3rd/72 Taywan Taylor, WR

Ht.: 5-11 Wt.: 203 School: Western Kentucky

With the offensive line and backfield in order the Titans have focused on surrounding Marcus Mariota with weapons. With Corey Davis and Tajae Sharpe on the outside Taylor will man the slot using his explosive burst to get open in the middle of the field while providing a run after the catch option.

 

3rd/100 Jonnu Smith, TE

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 248 School: Florida International

The Titans weapon build up continues with Smith giving Tennessee and athletic tight end. Jannu Smith is a tight end in the Jordan Reed type as he’ll be moved around the formation and out in the slot to take advantage of mismatches. Smith also compliments current starter Delanie Walker allow the Titans to run more two tight end sets.

 

5th/155 Jayon Brown, LB

Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 231 School: UCLA

The duo of Wesley Woodyard and Avery Williamson give the Titans two strong run defenders but are limited in coverage which makes the addition of Brown more appealing. Lacking size and bulk Browns struggles at the point of attack but the Titans will use him as a sub package linebacker who can drop into coverage and match up with backs.

 

6th/217 Corey Levin, G

Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 307 School: Chattanooga

Tennessee boosts one of the best offensive lines in the NFL but their depth took a hit with Chance Warmack leaving in free agency. Levin is a four years starter playing both tackle and guard. Using strong hands and quick feet he’s able to control defensive tackles steering them so he can wall them off.

 

7th/227 Josh Carraway, DE

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 242 School: TCU

Carraway is a long athletic defensive end that uses his length well to take on blocks to set the edge while using burst and acceleration to chase down the ball. Carraway moves well and should make an easy transition to the 3-4 and develop into a solid rotational player.

 

7th/236 Brad Seaton, OT

Ht.: 6-9 Wt.: 329 School: Villanova

A seventh round flyer pick the Titans see Seaton’s long arms and size with the hopes of developing him into a quality backup. Having good size and length is good but Seaton lacks the quick feet to play on the edge and can get exposed.

 

7th/241 Khalfrani Muhammad, RB

Ht.: 5-7 Wt.: 170 School: California

With the duo of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry providing a good one, two punch for the Titans’ exotic smash mouth offense they are both similar style runners. By adding Muhammad they get a smaller more quicker back that can be used in the passing game.

 

Best Pick

Davis (first round)

 

Upside Pick

Levin (sixth round)

 

Overall Thoughts

Tennessee has a clear goal in mind of adding speed and weapons to their offense and they were able to pull it off getting a number one caliber receiver, two complimentary pieces and a speed back. After having success, the past two drafts combined with this class the Titans are setting themselves to be kings of the AFC South.

Grade: A-

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