A Rundown of All the Tennessee Titans 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Titans 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 1, Pick 5 (No. 5 overall)

Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan: A prime example of how the pre-draft build can be misleading. Davis had to sit out the combine and Western Michigan’s pro day because of an ankle injury, so many predicted a draft-night slide. But nothing ever changed the fact that Davis is an outstanding talent and the most pro-ready receiver in this class. The Titans managed to find some production last season in guys like Rishard Matthews, but no one on their roster can match Davis’s all-around game. Assuming his ankle is back to 100% sometime this summer, he can be the No. 1 receiver on the Titans’ roster in short order. GRADE: A

Round 1, Pick 18 (No. 18)

Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC: Cornerback and wide receiver always was the clearest path for Tennessee in Round 1. Mission accomplished in Corey Davis and now Jackson. The combination of Jackson’s playmaking skills on defense, explosive talents as a return man and out-of-this-world athleticism put him in the first-round mix. How successful this pick turns out to be depends on whether or not Jackson can make up for his deficiencies on defense. He has the speed, obviously, but not the size or obvious strength. It’s a bit high for my tastes, but there aren’t a lot of athletes like Jackson.? GRADE: B-

Round 3, Pick 8 (No. 72)

Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky: A bit of a curious one, if only because the Titans sent picks 83 and 124 to New England for this selection and No. 200. The Titans also already brought in Corey Davis, so they should be set at the receiver spots now. If Davis is the high-volume guy, Taylor can be their big-play, speed option. Grade: B+

Round 3, Pick 36 (No. 100)

Jonnu Smith, TE, FIU: Is that enough weapons for Marcus Mariota yet? Add Smith to the Titans’ earlier haul at wide receiver: Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor. Smith is similar in game to Delanie Walker, so it’s interesting that the Titans did not go find a completely different type at the position.? Grade: B

Round 5, Pick 11 (No. 155) Jayon Brown, LB, UCLA

Round 6, Pick 34 (No. 217) Corey Levin, OL, Tennessee-Chattanooga

Round 7, Pick 9 (No. 227) Josh Carraway, OLB, TCU

Round 7, Pick 18 (No. 236) Brad Seaton, OT, Villanova

Round 7, Pick 23 (No. 241) Khalfani Muhammad, RB, Cal

Adoree’ Jackson the Titans Second First Round Pick; Going 18th Overall in Thursday’s Draft

After getting Corey Davis with the 5th pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday, the Titans were back to looking for a playmaker with the 18th pick, and snagged themselves another big player in USC cornerback/kick returner Adoree’ Jackson.

One of the most prolific players in Trojans history has taken the next step in his football career as cornerback Adoree’ Jackson was selected by the Tennessee Titans going 18th overall in the first round in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Jackson was a jack-of-all-trades in his three seasons at USC as he scored touchdowns of offense, defense and punt returns—accumulating a total of 11 touchdowns in that span.

The 2016 Jim Thorpe Award recipient saw his coverage skills increase with each passing season, as his full-time role at cornerback was a new experience. Sometimes only perceived as just a special return guy, Jackson led the Pac-12 in interceptions in 2016 and has the second most defended passes in the conference since 2005.

As a returner, Jackson led the Pac-12 kick return touchdowns in all three years at USC, and led the nation in yards per return in 2016 with a 29.5 yard per return average.

Titans Select Western Michigan WR Corey Davis with 5th Pick in 2017 NFL Draft

The Titans added a big weapon for quarterback Marcus Mariota on Thursday night during the 2017 NFL Draft, taking Western Michigan wide out Corey Davis.

Davis gives Tennessee a 6-foot-3 target in the passing game at a position of absolute need for the Titans. Davis earned Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors during his final season at Western Michigan.

He caught a career-high 97 passes for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns last year.

Davis instantly becomes the biggest receiver on Tennessee’s roster.

Here’s highlights of Davis from last season:

Titans Take a Long Look at Clemson Wide Receiver Mike Williams

The Chargers and Titans took their evaluation of Mike Williams within a week of the 2017 NFL Draft, Chase Goodbread of NFL.com reports.

Both clubs have put the former Clemson wide receiver through a recent private workout, the Chargers last Thursday and the Titans on Saturday, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

Williams could be the first receiver selected in the draft, which begins Thursday night. The Chargers hold the No. 7 pick of the draft, but are expected to select a defensive player in the first round.

The Titans, however, hold two first-round picks (Nos. 5 and 18), and have a need at the position. NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly projects the Titans to take Williams with the No. 5 pick, though most analysts believe the club will address the need at No. 18.

A Look at the 2017 Titans Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

The 2017 NFL Schedule is out as well as the 2017 Tennessee Titans Schedule, and here’s a look at the slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold:

Sep. 10 Oakland Raiders 12:00 PM

Sep. 17 at Jacksonville Jaguars 12:00 PM

Sep. 24 Seattle Seahawks 3:05 PM

Oct. 1 at Houston Texans 12:00 PM

Oct. 8 at Miami Dolphins 12:00 PM

Oct. 16 Indianapolis Colts (Mon) 7:30 PM

Oct. 22 at Cleveland Browns 12:00 PM

Oct. 29 BYE

Nov. 5 Baltimore Ravens 12:00 PM

Nov. 12 Cincinnati Bengals 12:00 PM

Nov. 16 at Pittsburgh Steelers (Thu) 7:25 PM

Nov. 26 at Indianapolis Colts 12:00 PM

Dec. 3 Houston Texans 12:00 PM

Dec. 10 at Arizona Cardinals 3:05 PM

Dec. 17 at San Francisco 49ers 3:25 PM

Dec. 24 Los Angeles Rams 12:00 PM

Dec. 31 Jacksonville Jaguars 12:00 PM

What’s Good about this Schedule: Many feel that the Titans might be in for a playoff push in 2017, ad if so they have a great chance for two wins in the last two weeks as they will host the Rams on Christmas Eve and then the Jaguars on New Year’s Eve.

What’s Bad about this Schedule: Before the final two home games, the Titans will have a meat grinder, playing four of five on the road from November 16th to December 17th. That stretch could make or break this team and their playoff hopes.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota Feels He’ll Be Full Speed in 2-3 Weeks

An upbeat Marcus Mariota said he thinks he will be running full speed in two to three weeks and will be the same quarterback he was for the Tennessee Titans when he fully returns from the broken right fibula he suffered on Dec. 24, 2016, Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com reports.

“There are great things here that have allowed me to push the envelope a little bit, whether it’s jogging, or doing some other stuff on the AlterG [anti-gravity] treadmill and stuff like that,” he said on the first day of the team’s offseason program.

“It’s more kind of working back those muscles that were stagnant for two months I was in a cast,” he said during his first news conference since the injury. “It’s kind of rebuilding those foundations back up, and I think we are in a good place …”

“It’s fun to get back in here, see the guys and get football going again.”

Mariota said he’s not patient, but knows what may be necessary.

“I understand that I’ve got a lot of time to get my body right and that’s my goal,” he said. “…. “Maybe another two to three weeks [until I am jogging]. Hopefully. I can’t give you an exact timetable. That’s the benchmark I am aiming for.”

Titans CB Jason McCourty Confirms He’s Been Released by Tennessee

Jason McCourty was unwilling to take a pay cut and subsequently cut by the Titans, the cornerback and his agent confirmed to Jason Wolf of the Tennessean, ending the franchise’s relationship with the longest-tenured player on the team.

McCourty, 29, was entering the final year of his contract and due a base salary of $7 million, one of the largest allotments on the team. The Titans, who bolstered their secondary by signing former Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan and former Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien this offseason, never discussed the possibility of moving McCourty to safety with the player or his agent. Additionally, cornerback is considered one of the deepest positions in the upcoming NFL draft.

McCourty thanked the Titans, his teammates, the Adams family and his fans in a note posted on Twitter.

“Both sides, we talked, but I just think it’s not just money when you’re talking about changing things,” McCourty said. “I just think for both sides, we both respect the hell out of each other and enjoyed the time there, but I think we both knew the way the team’s going there’s really no place for me. So they were up front and honest with me.

“Obviously, throughout the offseason you wish that you’re going to be released. You’re like, ‘Man, I hope it happens right when the season’s over so I can get a crack at free agency,’ but at the time, I appreciate the way that it was handled by the team.

“And like I said in my post, (general manager) Jon (Robinson), coach (Mike) Mularkey, the Adams family, everybody’s been really good to me in my time there. So I’ll be rooting for those guys moving forward.”

Titans Agree to Terms with Former Bears CB Demontre Hurst

The Titans have agreed to terms with cornerback Demontre Hurst, who had spent the last four seasons with the Chicago Bears, the Associated Press reports.

Hurst played 10 games and made one start for the Bears last season. He had 14 tackles, one sack, one interception and a pair of special-teams stops.

Titans general manager Jon Robinson said Monday in a statement announcing the deal that “he has good toughness, is a willing tackler and has shown quickness to match as a coverage player.” Robinson said Hurst could contribute on defense and special teams.