The Tennessee Titans now enter the 2016 NFL Draft in possession of nine selections- though that could change before the draft if general manager Jon Robinson decides to make another deal- and with those nine picks, the Titans should be able to find players to fill all their major needs, and some to add some depth to the roster in the process.
As we have done done before, we once again will mock all seven rounds- nine selections- and give you our best effort to fill the Titans most pressing needs and add the best possible talent to the team.
Like the other mocks, we are not projecting any trades and will simply make our predictions based on the selections the Titans hold as this article is written.
1-1-15) Taylor Decker, OT Ohio State- 6'7" 310: Yes I know that Jack Conklin is the sexy pick here, but I like Decker better. Both played in big-time programs in the Big-10, and both played in a college football playoff, so each has seen the big stage at that level. Both are massive, road grading, maulers with a mean streak that allows them to excel as run blockers. Both also have some question about their pass blocking, though in watching film of the two, Decker showed better flexibility and struggled less against speed rushers off the edge. That gives Decker the edge for us, though many experts see it the opposite. Decker would step into the right tackle spot day one and while he will need some experience and refinement, he should be just fine.
2-2-33) McKenzie Alexander, CB Clemson 5'10" 190:- Alexander is our no.28 ranked player on our TitanRedZone draft board, and while that is a solid first round prediction, he has been passed by William Jackson III, and in looking at draft projections from other Scout.com publishers, Alexander could fall into the second round and be available at 33. If so, he would be a great pick at that spot in a round where the Titans have three picks.
2-12-43) Karl Joseph, S West Virginia- 5'10" 205: Vonn Bell was our pick at 33 in our last draft, and we still like him, but Alexander is a better value there and ranked higher based on projections, Bell will be gone when the Titans hit the clock at 43, meaning Joseph is our guy. He was likely a first round talent before an ACL injury cut short his final season for the Mountaineers. Reports are that Joseph is progressing nicely and should be able to return to his former self, though perhaps not in time for training camp or even the start of the season. We are taking a gamble here, but with Rashad Johnson on the roster, the need for a rookie to immediately step into a starters role is not a necessity. Getting a first round talent, even if he is not a major contributor his rookie season is a necessity.
2-14-45) Jaylon Smith, OLB Notre Dame- 6'2" 223: Like Joseph, Smith was a first round- top five- talent before a knee injury cost him his season and likely his rookie season in the NFL as well. I know the Titans have been bitten by players with injuries in their past not panning out, and Smith could be another, but with the glut of picks in this draft, we are willing to take a major risk on a major talent and if it pays off then we are geniuses. Also, according to sources, the Texans are considering a similar move with Smith and the Titans have the luxury with three second round picks to make the move that could add an incredible talent to the team, and keep a division rival from doing the same thing and possibly scoring big with it.
3-1-64) Jordan Jenkins, OLB Georgia- 6'3" 259: Jenkins is a big, and athletic linebacker who could provide immediate depth behind starters Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan and along with Deiontrez Mount who should return this season from injury that cut short a promising start to his rookie season. Yes I know that is two OLB's on consecutive picks, but the Titans need depth and Orakpo and Morgan could use the help. If Smith comes back and is the player he was before the injury, this Titans defense would then become potentially scary good.
3-13-76) Vadal Alexander, OG LSU- 6'5" 326: Another huge body road grader lineman who should come in and compete for the starting left guard position, or provide depth up front behind the starter at left guard and Chance Warmack who missed some time last season with an injured knee. Alexander also played right tackle at times for the Tigers. A four-year starter, Alexander was a first-team All-SEC pick as a senior,
*NOTE* The Titans do not currently have a fourth round selection, having spent it as part of the trade with Los Angeles.
5-1-140) D.J. Reader, DT Clemson- 6'3" 327: Reader is an incredible athlete for his size and came on late last season for the Tigers in their run to the championship game. He missed some time last season because of personal issues but those seem to be behind him and Reader would make a nice addition to the Titans defensive front in a rotational role along with Al Woods and Angelo Blackson in the middle.
6-2-193) Bralon Addison, WR Oregon- 5'9" 197: I love Addison as he is different level athletically with his big plays ability as a receiver, returner and runner with incredible elusiveness and the ability to accelerate our of cuts without losing speed. He brings value at receiver and returner and would allow the Titans options when finalizing the roster. Addison has a frame and game very similar to what current New Orleans Saints standout Brandin Cooks, who has been a dynamic play-maker since entering the NFL.
7-1- 222) Elandon Roberts, ILB Houston- 5'11" 234: Roberts has been called a coaches dream for his leadership on, and off the field. He loves to hit and has a nose for the ball. Instinctive with an uncanny ability to consistently diagnose plays and take the right first step. His 4.6 forty time also makes him a great seventh round value and he has a chip on his shoulder and has said publicly that he things he is the best inside linebacker in this draft. Characterized as having a huge hear and tireless worker, he would be a nice fit and a player similar to Avery Williamson.
There you have it, our latest TitanRedZone mock draft 5.0 with all nine of the TItans current draft picks filled with what we thing is a good, balanced draft that if players pan out, would greatly improve the Titans roster.