With the NFL Draft taking place beginning Thursday, and this time in a virtual setting with all picks done by remote, it brings some interesting issues that had not previously been considered.
Things from how much did teams truly get to know prospects to what happens if there are internet or computer glitches during the course of the draft are all things to be considered.
It makes the job Jon Robinson and the Titans scouts have all the more important and all the more stressful as this year’s draft is set to begin.
So, let’s offer a little assistance in the form of the annual TitanInsider mock draft. For practical purposes, our draft will contain no trades – just picking at the spots the Titans have already entering this draft. That said, trades are certainly possible, especially since the Titans are without picks in the fourth and sixth rounds due to previous deals.
So without further adieu let’s start drafting:
Round 1, (Pick No. 29): Jeff Gladney, CB, Texas Christian _ Gladney isn’t big at 5-11, 180 pounds, but he is a solid cover corner, who could play the nickelback position if needed, and he isn’t afraid to hit people in the running game. With Logan Ryan’s return looking dimmer by the day, the Titans address their biggest need with the first pick.
Round 2, (Pick No. 61): Julian Okwara, OLB, Notre Dame _ Okwara was unable to work out at the Combine due to a leg injury – somewhat like the Titans’ first-round pick Jeffery Simmons last year. The difference, of course, is that the Titans got to be hands on in the interview process and got to give Simmons a physical. Okwara is a first-rounder in some mocks, and has a high motor but not being able to work out could cause him to slide. A good value here in the second round.
Round 3 (Pick No. 93): Davon Hamilton, DL, Ohio State _ The Titans need bodies on the defensive line with Jurrell Casey traded and Austin Johnson exiting as a free agent. Hamilton was part of an outstanding Buckeye defense, and even though being only a one-year starter in college might be a red flag (see Kevin Dodd), Hamilton is strong and athletic and appears to have some upside.
Round 5 (Pick No. 174): Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Vanderbilt _ Tennessee goes local with Vaughn, who can be a solid complement to workhorse Derrick Henry. Vaughn’s draft stock probably dropped a bit this year because the Commodores struggled on offense in 2019, but the talent is there with this local Nashville product.
Round 7, (Pick No. 224) _ Shaquille Quarterman, ILB, Miami _ What’s a Titans draft without a late-round linebacker to play on special teams and learn the ropes of the defense for the future? Robinson has hit on these types of picks with Jayon Brown and David Long, and adding another player for special teams late in the draft seems like a good idea.
Round 7, (Pick No. 237) _ Juwan Jennings, WR, Tennessee _ More local flavor, this time from the Murfreesboro and the Vols. Jennings is one of those guys who is a gamer, as evidenced by the number of big plays he made at UT. He doesn’t possess great speed or physical skills, but he’s a productive football player and might even find his way on special teams. Those are the kinds of guys Jon Robinson likes and can find a place for.
Round 7 (Pick No. 243) _ Jon Runyan Jr., T/G, Michigan _ A legacy pick as his father was drafted by the Oilers and was on the Titans’ 1999 Super Bowl team. The younger Runyan is a solid run blocker, but might find himself moved inside to guard at the NFL level.