The Tennessee Titans completed a trade on Thursday that sent the first overall selection in this month's NFL Draft to the Los Angeles Rams for a truck load of selections in this, and next seasons draft.
While the return was more than enough to satisfy the Titans and their fans, the move now changes the long held thoughts as to who the Titans would take at number one,
Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil- whom had been our pick in our first four mock drafts- and Florida State corner/safety Jalen Ramsey had been the two most talked about and projected players associated with the Titans at the top are now likely out of contention as both will likely be gone before the fifteenth pick hits the clock.
Of course there is almost always someone who slides in the first round, and one or the other of those players could find themselves in that position that would allow the Titans to select them, though that scenario is highly doubdful.
So where might the Titans look when making their choice in round one. We examine our top five potential targets in round one.
1) JACK CONKLIN, OT, Michigan State (6'6" 308): Conklin is a mauler in the run game, and some might compare him favorably to former Titans right takle David Stewart. Scouts I have spoken with love his strength, and the mean streak he possesses. While not the athlete Tunsil, or Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley, he is athletic enough to fill the right tackle position. Some question his ability against speed rushers, though that is an area that should improve with coaching to improve his technique.
2) TAYLOR DECKER, OT, Ohio State (6'7" 310): Decker is a massive body who like Conklin is a mauler in the run game. Decker has a nasty streak that would also fit into the Titans plans to improve the run game. He would be a welcome addition for DeMarco Murray and the rest of the Titans backs as well as a solid pass blocker. Like Conklin, he will need to improve his pass blocking but it is not so bad as to make him a liability as a starter at right tackle.
3) William Jackson III, CB, Houston (6'0" 189): Some analysts have some His combination of length, speed and awareness of the ball in coverage make him a potential first round corner who would not have to be an immediate starter for the Titans with both Jason McCourty and Perrish Cox in place as the presumed starters.
4) Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama (6'1" 245): The defensive leader and captain of the national champions, Ragland played out his college eligibility in Tuscaloosa and participated in the Senior Bowl where he worked as an outside linebacker to show versatility. Reviews on his performance as an outside backer were mixed, though Ragland was playing at a heavier weight than he posted at the combine. Ragland is an instinctive, strong, physical and a reliable tackler who would add a solid force along side Avery Williamson inside.
5) Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State (6'0" 225): Few players offer more immediate impact potential than Elliott, the consensus top back in the draft, though Derrick Henry might disagree- and be available with one of three picks in round two- and would pair well with Murray to help form what would be arguably the best backfield tandem in the NFL. Throw in the running abilities of Marcus Mariota and you now have a scary proposition. Elliott still being on the board at fifteen might be a stretch, but if he is still available, he would certainly be worth consideration.