The Tennessee Titans just missed the NFL Playoffs last season with a 9-7 record. The team looks like they need just a little bit extra in order to become a contender in the AFC. Let’s see if they found players in the NFL Draft that will put them over the top in the AFC South Division.
Round 1, Pick 19: Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Mississippi State. 6’4″, 301 lbs. Simmons could make an impact up the middle on the defensive line because he makes play on the other side of the line of scrimmage. He will have to continue to prove that his play is at a high level because he dropped in the draft due to a prior incident.
Round 2, Pick 19: A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi. 6’0″, 226 lbs. Brown adds depth to the receiver position as he will be able to line up on the outside or in the slot. He averaged about 7 receptions per game last season, so he is able to find openings against the defense.
Round 3, Pick 19: Nate Davis, G, North Carolina-Charlotte. 6’3″, 316 lbs. Davis adds depth to the offensive line as he played at guard and at tackle in college.
Round 4, Pick 14: Amani Hooker, S, Iowa. 5’11”, 210 lbs. Hooker will add depth to the secondary at strong safety. One of the defensive trends in the NFL is the strong safety being a safety/linebacker, and Hooker played in that scheme in college last season.
Round 5, Pick 30: D’Andre Walker, DE, Georgia. 6’2″, 251 lbs. He should see some time as a situational pass rusher from the edge.
Round 6, Pick 16: David Long, LB, West Virginia. 5’11”, 227 lbs. Long has the size of a safety, but played as a linebacker in the pass-happy Big XII last season. The Titans must be serious about using hybrid looks in their defense this upcoming season.
Grade: This draft has the potential to fill some voids on the team. I give them a C+.