Titans Earn an ‘B-‘ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got a good grade is that of the Titans, who according to Kiper got an ‘B-‘ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

Credit GM Jon Robinson and the Titans for being aggressive. They traded up for all three of their top picks. The problem is that depleted their capital for the rest of the draft, and this team isn’t without holes. Yes, Tennessee made the playoffs (and won a game), but I see a depth chart with aging edge defenders and issues at guard, tight end, inside linebacker and wide receiver. So the Titans ended up with only first- and second-round picks, then didn’t have another selection again until the fifth round. They better hit on who they moved up for.

As for the players they got with those trades, I do see the fits. The Titans moved up ahead of 3-4 teams Pittsburgh and New England for Rashaan Evans (pick 22), who will fill Avery Williamson’s spot at inside linebacker. Evans is an every-down player who can run with tight ends and backs, and he’s a great fit for Tennessee’s defense. I actually had pass-rusher Harold Landry to the Titans in the first round in my two-round mock, and they moved up to No. 41 to get him in the second round. He’s the best true 3-4 edge rusher in this class.

I love the symmetry of former Patriot Mike Vrabel taking a quarterback with the 199th pick — the same spot in which New England grabbed the greatest quarterback of all time. And Luke Falk actually looks up to Tom Brady and patterns his game after him. Falk isn’t a great athlete, and he doesn’t have the strongest arm, but that’s what teams said about Brady in 1999. So, no, I don’t think Falk is the next Brady, but he can be a solid NFL backup.

Again, the aggressive day from Robinson’s front office is noted. With only four picks, the Titans are going to have to hit on a few undrafted free agents, too.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
1/22 Rashaan Evans ILB ALABAMA
2/41 Harold Landry OLB BOSTON COLLEGE
5/152 Dane Cruikshank CB ARIZONA
6/199 Luke Falk QB WASHINGTON STATE


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One Response to “Titans Earn an ‘B-‘ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.”

  1. Alex Davie says:

    I’ve never really cared for Mel’s grades or his analysis. I like the moves the Titans are making and think we can turn last season’s one playoff win into more.

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