As free-agency continues on for every NFL team, the pool of top candidates have diminished and teams are now looking to find the right fits for their needs at a good price. It is a tough process to find quality players who fit the team's needs while adding needed value in the process.
The Tennessee Titans have added five players through the first days of free-agency, filling a need at running back with the trade for DeMarco Murray along with adding a starting center in former Texan Ben Jones and a receiver in former Dolphin Rishard Matthews. On the defensive side, the Titans have added cornerback Brice McCain and resigned Al Woods to fill the nose tackle roll he shared last season.
There are still several holes that need to be addressed, with some possibly in free-agency, but as of today we will assume that those holes still exist and will use our mock draft to address those needs.
In our previous two mock drafts, Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil was out choice at number one overall, has that changed. Wait no more, the answer is here.
1-1) OT Laremy Tunsil- Ole Miss: I wanted to go with cornerback/safety Jalen Ramsey for multiple reasons, but as the Titans still have not fixed their most pressing issues on the offensive line, Tunsil has to be the guy. He would allow the Titans to move Taylor Lewan to right tackle and booked the line with two young, talented tackles.
The addition of Ben Jones at center along with Chance Warmack at right guard would leave one question- who will play left guard- going into training camp, Jeremiah Poutasi is expected to get a shot there while Quinton Spain played respectively there last season as an undrafted free-agent. The answer however might be filled in free-agency as the Titans have hosted a former Pro-Bowl player this week.
Other Options- Of course Ramsey is a top option, but Ronnie Stanley is another option at tackle if the Titans decide to trade down. Also OT Jason Spriggs could be an option for the Titans as a right tackle if the Titans decided to go with Ramsey, but Spriggs has some first-round interest and might not make it to the second round where the Titans could select him there an Ramsey at one.
2-33) S Karl Joseph- West Virginia: We had a safety in this spot in 1.0, but changed that to a receiver in 2.0. However, as the roster stands we must fill a vital need and Karl Joseph has jumped up draft boards all the way to day-two. He is a physical player who has no concern for his own body, flying around and hitting like a truck. He has medical concerns after an ACL injury past season for the Mountaineers, but if he can pass the medical issues then he is our guy here. One NFL scout believes that Joseph might be the best defensive back in the entire draft not named Jalen Ramsey.
3-64) CB Sean Davis-Maryland: There are some questions about Davis because he was victimized for over 600 yards last season in coverage, but he is tall (6'1" 201- 31 3/8" arms) and has the versatility to play safety as well should he struggle at corner. He is very physical, tough and smart- speaks three languages- and is not afraid to tackle, posting over 100 stops as both a sophmore and junior for the Terps.
Davis might be a better fit at safety, but with the Titans currently having both corners and slot filled, Davis could work in situations at both corner and safety and might be a future starter at safety of nothing else. Some might call me crazy here, or a reach, but this looks like a smart pick here to us.
4-113) ILB Antonio Morrison-Florida: Morrison suffered a knee injury in the last game of 2014 and was somewhat slowed last season, but his work ethic is so good that he made it back for the start of 2015 and played in every game. He is a physical force and was a leader in the locker room for the Gators. He is undersized, but extremely productive; having recorded triple digits in tackles in 2014 (101) and 2015 (103, leading Gators,
He could be a blitz option from inside linebacker because of his balance, speed and motor that does not stop until the echo of the whistle. He had some off-field issues as well, but with his talent and if that issue was indeed isolated, he is a great value here and adds another pass rusher, which you can never have enough of in the NFL.
5-140) DT/NG Hassan Ridgeway-Texas: Ridgeway is compared by some to Kawaan Short, which is high praise. He is a big (6'3" 303 331/2 arms) and is athletic and strong. He has struggled with conditioning in the past, which could be an issue, but given the right coaching and motivation, he could be a nice fit in the rotation with Woods and Angelo Blackson in the middle.
His production hasn't always matched his incredible athletic ability for someone his size, but as a rotational player, if he plays to that ability, it is a steal in the fifth round.
6-177) OT Alex Lewis-Nebraska: Lewis was in our 2.0 and once again seems like a good value fit for a team that needs depth on the o-line. With some work, Lewis might also be able to step in at guard in a pinch and give you added value in two positions. He is big, strong and has a nasty streak and while he is a left tackle, he could be a swing and play on either side as Lewan has had some injury issues and missed time in his first two seasons. He would be a nice insurance policy in that scenario.
6-193) DT Nile Lawrence-Stample- Florida State: Lawrence-Stample is a bit of a project, but the with the Titans having allowed both Mike Martin and Sammie Hill to walk in free agency, there is a place open and this is a good fit at this spot.
Lawrence-Stample started 12 of 13 games for the Seminoles in 2015, finishing with a career-high 33 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks and was named Second Team All-ACC. He is very good at taking up space and commands a double team. He's very strong at the point of attack, is fierce and tough to move. He gets off the ball well has good quickness for someone his size. He would be a nice rotational piece for the Titans behind Jurrell Casey and DaQuan Jones, and could also give downs at nose as well.
7-222) OLB Terrance Smith-Florida State: We stay with the Noles for our final two picks and take an athletic, rangy linebacker who was very productive in his first two seasons as a starter, but a recurring ankle injury slowed him down in 2015. Still he managed 66 tackles, good for fourth on the team even with the nagging injury.
At 6'3" 235 pounds, Smith ran a 4.77 in the 40, and his athletic ability should allow for him to contribute on special teams early while learning and potentially stepping into an increased role in the future.
Yes there is a very heavy defensive lean to this mock draft, but with the additions of DeMarco Murray. Ben Jones and Rishard Matthews to the offense, that filled many needs on that side of the ball. Tunsil fills the LT position and moving Lewan fills RT. I believe that Potousi and Spain will get looks at LG and with Lewis a potential swing tackle who could play guard there wasn't many more needs on that side of the football.
There you have it, out TitanRedZone Mock Draft 3.0. We hope you like it and please feel free to comment on it on our message board thread under this title.