The Tennessee Titans enter Friday in full control of the 2016 NFL Draft.
After trading back up to select Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin at No. 8 overall, the Titans will head into rounds two and three with four overall picks – having included a third-rounder (No. 76 overall) in the trade with the Cleveland Browns to get Conklin.
The Titans enter the second day with picks No. 33, 43 and 45 in the second round and No. 64, which is the first pick in the third round.
“I still think we’ve got some needs on this football team that we need to address,” Titans GM Jon Robinson said. “Luckily for us, we have the ammunition to position ourselves to try to get the best player available. There’s going to be 31, 32 guys, going tonight. So we’ll just kind of see where it shakes out.”
Among the players still on the board for the Titans to look at include the two pass rushing linebackers in the draft, though both have serious injury questions.
UCLA’s Myles Jack and Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith both would have been likely top 10 picks, but are major question marks due to knee injuries.
Jack could be able to play this season, but admitted that he could need micro-fracture surgery on the knee injured somewhere down the road.
Smith, who suffered a torn ACL in the Fiesta Bowl, has nerve damage in his knee that has yet to heal, though there is the chance that the nerve could eventually regenerate.
Other pass rushers available include Noah Spence of Eastern Kentucky. Inside linebacker Reggie Ragland was also passed over in the first round. At other positions, the Titans could look at where they have needs. The defensive line in this draft is very deep with players like Jonathan Bullard of Florida, A’Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed of Alabama, Jihad Ward of Illinois and D.J. Reader of Clemson as a later prospect all still available.
At cornerback, Mackenzie Alexander of Clemson and Kendall Fuller of Virginia Tech headline a group that might be worthy of consideration.
At safety, Ohio State’s Vonn Bell and Duke’s Jeremy Cash remain on the board, while at wide receiver Sterling Shepard of Oklahoma and Ohio State’s Michael Thomas and Braxton Miller are both still on the board.