Tennessee Titans Pre Free Agency Seven Round Mock Draftby Mason Thompson March 6, 2021 0 comments
The Tennessee Titans made the playoffs once again but were knocked out in the Wild Card Round by the Baltimore Ravens. Tennessee has a lot of impending free agents, as seven starters are going to be looking for new contracts. They have eight picks in the draft and four in the first three rounds.
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Round 1, Pick 22: Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
The Jadeveon Clowney experience didn’t work. In eight games, Clowney didn’t have a single sack. Tennessee only totaled 19 sacks on the season, and five were from Harold Landry alone. In this scenario, Paye was available with the 22nd pick. With no premier pass-rusher in the class, this could very well come to fruition. Paye is raw but has a ton of athleticism and power. Paye is a steal in this spot, and Tennessee wouldn’t finish with 19 sacks next year with him on the roster.
Round 2, Pick 53: Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson
Tennessee recently released Adam Humphries and has Kalif Raymond as an impending free agent, so the slot receiver spot will have to be addressed. This may be a bit early for Rodgers, but he showed out at the Senior Bowl as one of the best receivers in Mobile. The Titans should be able to manufacture Rodgers some touches in the screen and reverse game, as well as his typical action from the slot. In a stacked receiver class, Tennessee has to come away with at least one receiver.
Round 3, Pick 85: Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State
If Wade had declared for the 2020 draft, he would have potentially been selected in the first round. Now almost a year later, his freefall lands him in the third round. Wade starred in the slot during the 2019 college season for Ohio State, but the transition to a boundary corner dropped his stock severely, as he couldn’t handle the bigger receivers. He is now a best bet as a nickel cornerback or strong safety at the next level. With the Titans set to lose Desmond King to free agency, Wade is the selection here.
Round 3, Pick 100: Tommy Togiai, IDL, Ohio State
Tennesse has DaQuan Jones and Jack Crawford already halfway out the door. The Titans get their replacement for Jones here by selecting Togiai, who had was a big riser during the 2020 college season. He played behind a loaded Ohio State defensive line in 2019, but when allowed to shine by himself, he did. Not only does Togiai provide great run defending, but he can help the lacking pass rush as well.
Round 4, Pick 126: Tre’ McKitty, TE, Georgia
Jonnu Smith and MyCole Pruitt are impending free agents, and Tennessee likes to involve their tight ends in the passing attack. Anthony Firkser showed flashes last year, but the Titans need another option. McKitty has moved around a lot during his time at Georgia, is a great player after the catch, and is a willing blocker.
For more on McKitty, you can read our scouting report on him here.
Round 5, Pick 167: Tommy Kraemer, IOL, Notre Dame
The Titans would be wise to get some offensive line depth. That also includes the interior of the line while also searching for a long-term right tackle, as the Isaiah Wilson experience has already left a sour taste in Tennessee’s mouth. Kraemer would be a valuable backup guard option and would battle with Jamil Douglas for the starting right guard spot. He is a great fit in Tennessee as he was part of a Notre Dame offense that liked to pound the rock between the tackles, much like the Titans currently do with Derrick Henry.
Round 6, Pick 187: Cornell Powell, WR, Clemson
Doubling up on receivers is a realistic option for Tennessee. While it may not be the case that they are both from Clemson, the opportunity was too good to pass up on. After being buried on the depth chart from 2016-2019, Powell turned in an excellent 2020 campaign by catching 53 passes for almost 900 yards and seven touchdowns. He showed out in the College Football Playoffs, even making Wade look like a buffoon in one play, as well as the Senior Bowl. The issue with him is why it took him so long to develop. In Tennessee, he would be tasked with being one of the top three receivers potentially and immediately have a role. Getting that in the sixth round is a great value.
Round 6, Pick 216: Tay Gowan, CB, UCF
Some project Gowan as a safety in the NFL, but let’s keep him at cornerback in this scenario. He is good in press-man coverage and is a sufficient tackler. In Tennessee, he won’t have to start right away. Gowan would likely be the last cornerback on the active roster. Gowan would be a valuable special teams performer as well.