As the Tennessee Titans head toward the end of the 2015 season in position to secure the number one overall selection in next year's NFL draft the attention of fans has turned toward the potential players that the Titans could add to improve the roster before next season.
To that end we have compiled our list of some of the top defensive players the Titans could look toward in the draft. Also with college bowl season about to start, several of these players will be on display for fans to watch.
Here's our list.
1. Joey Bosa 6'5 275 DE Junior Ohio State
Bosa wasn't the dominaint force for the Buckeyes that he was a season ago, but he is still considered the top defensive player and some rank him as the top overall talent. Bosa is a talented pass rusher who can fits in a 4-3 more than 3-4 scheme.
2. Jalen Ramsey 6'1 202 CB Junior Florida State
Ramsey is the Seminoles’ best player defensive player and with all do respect to Dalvin Cook, he could be their best overall. Athletic ability, instincts, and ball skills are off the charts. He is a versatile defender that has played safety, corner, and some linebacker for the Seminoles. Ramsey stepped in at corner in 2015 after playing at safety a season ago. He possesses the size and athleticism that scouts and NFL teams crave. Ramsey has Pro-Bowl potential at either corner or safety and fits a position of dire need for the Titans. He is also a local product, having played in high school at Brentwood Academy.
3. Reggie Ragland 6'2 258 ILB Senior Alabama
Ragland the the best inside linebacker prospect this year. The senior was a dominant playmaker for Alabama in 2015. He is fundamentally sound, shows elite instincts and a solid tackler who plays sideline to sideline and is a three-down player dispite being a very physical hitter. While he can play across the field, he is best when working downhill to fill running lanes, but athletic enough to cover a tight end on passing downs.
4. Jaylon Smith 6'3 235 OLB Junior Notre Dame
Smith is arguably the most explosive linebacker in this year's class because of his dynamic athlete, incredible range and a devastating hitter. He is fundamentally sound in every area, especially as a tackler but it is his ability to drop in coverage that might be his best attribute. His combine numbers will likely be eye popping and he could well jump much closer to the top spot.
5. Shilique Calhoun 6'5 252 DE RS Senior Michigan State
A a 4-3 defensive end, Ca;houn has been a dominant force for the Spartans in 2014 and 2015. Improved fundamentals have helped his assent up draft boards. A ass rushn above average pass rusher from an end position with the potential to improve even more in the future. Has very good hands and long arms to keep the blocker away, which helpts him be a sound tackler in the run game. Above average speed and could make a transition to outside linebacker at the next level for a team with the ability to wait for him to learn the position.
6. DeForest Buckner 6'7 290 DE Senior Oregon
Buckner a physical freak who looks skinny for a player at 290 pounds. He was a top player on one of the nations best teams as a junior and has not disappointed in his senior season. He is a physical defensive end who is strong at the point of attack against the run yet has the ability to drop back into coverage on a limited basis. His frame could allow him to add more weight without changing his measurables.
7. Vernon Hargreaves III 5'11 198 CB Junior Florida
In my opinion Ramsey is the best defensive back in the class and is the best corner, but Hargreaves is the best pure cornerback only prospect in the class. Heis a shutdown corner with good instincts are good, size and ball skills. He struggled in 2014 versus Alabama's Amari Cooper, who Hargreaves credits with changing his approach to the game after witnessing Cooper abuse him first hand. He was a better corner in 2015 and his ceiling is incredibly high.
8. Shaq Lawson 6'3 275 DE Clemson
Lawson possesses brute strength and is very solid fundamentaly both in fighting off defenders and as a tackler. His strength allows him to blockers blocker and his high motor makes him tough to deal with. His gootwork is above average though not the fastest off the ball. While not a quick twitch athlete he almost always outwork the blocker against him which makes him the player he is. A disciplined team leader with a hig football IQ who plays his gap assignment rather than losing contain to chase the football. His the talent would make him a first round pick should he choose to declare.
9. Kenny Clark 6'3 308 DT Junior UCLA
Clark was the Bruins' best defender in 2015. He's played tackle, end, and nose for UCLA throughout his career. He has what teams want in being able to play multiple position and be versatile in them all. A technically refined defensive who has in intriguing mix of power and finese but is somewhat limited by his lack of ideal lateral movement. High running motor but that can be exploited against him when he's lost in the wash. He is quick off the ball for someone of his size, and can collpase the pocket and affect the quarterback's ability to step up. He is likely best suited as a nose in a 3-4 because of his lack of ideal lateral movement.
10. Johnathan Allen 6'3 283 DL Junior Alabama
Allen is an ineresting player who is versatile and can play both inside at tackle and outside at end. He was a pass rush specialist in 2015 and is fundamentaly sound both in run defense and knowing when to get his hands up against the pass when being blocked. His strength plus range dispite his 283 pound body. Leads the team with 9 sacks but also showed the ability to disengage and the speed to chase the football in run defense.
11. Mackensie Alexander 5'10 195 CB RS Sophomore Clemson
12. Leonard Floyd 6'3 232 OLB RS Junior Georgia
13. Jayron Kearse 6'4 220 S Junior Clemson
14. Su'a Cravens 6'1 225 OLB Junior USC
15. A'Shawn Robinson 6'3 312 DL Junior Alabama
16. Myles Jack 6'1 222 OLB Junior UCLA
17. Jarran Reed 6'3 313 DL Senior Alabama
18. Desmond King 5'11 200 CB Junior Iowa
19. Adolphus Washington 6'4 290 DT Senior Ohio State
20. Johnathan Bullard 6'3 283 DL Senior Florida
21. Andrew Billings 6'1 310 DL Junior Baylor
22. Jalen Mills 6'0 196 S Senior LSU
23. Noah Spence 6'3 261 OLB RS Junior Eastern Kentucky
24. Carl Nassib 6'6 270 DE RS Senior Penn State
25. Jordan Jenkins 6'2 253 OLB Senior Georgia
26. Kendall Fuller 6'0 197 CB Junior Virginia Tech
27. Shawn Oakman 6'8 276 DE RS Senior Baylor
27. Tre'Davious White 5'11 191 CB Junior LSU
29. Vonn Bell 5'11 205 S Junior Ohio State
30. Emmanuel Ogbah 6'4 275 DE RS Junior Oklahoma State
NOTE: 14. Robert Nkemdiche 6'4 296 DL Junior Ole Miss is a top 10 talent but because of recent incidents I have dropped him off my board until more is know concerning rumors surrounding his off-field activities. However, if the background research determines that this is a limited occurance, the I would be ready to take Nkemdiche with the top pick in the second round if he is still on the board.