NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the 25th overall pick of the NFL Draft, the Titans are largely at the mercy of the teams in front of them in the first round.
General Manager Jon Robinson could get aggressive, of course, and move up to snag a prospect who might unexpectedly drop into striking distance.
But if the Titans stick and pick, they’ll have some intriguing choices.
During a conference call on Friday, Titans Online presented this two-part question to NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock:
What’s the pool of players going to look like at 25? And is there a player you think would be a good fit for the Titans?
“Tennessee has an interesting conversation,” Mayock said. “Obviously you have (Brian) Orakpo and (Derrick) Morgan in their contract years, getting up in age. (Kevin) Dodd hasn’t gotten it done as a second round pick. At (inside) linebacker, (Wesley) Woodyard is 32 years old. They signed (Will) Compton. They invested at wide receiver for sure (last year with Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor).
“But where I look at 25, could there be a good off the ball linebacker there that makes a difference? Because if (Boston College edge rusher) Harold Landry is there, that’s a great opportunity. I think he fits what they do, and I think he’d be a really good fit for Tennessee at 25.”
Landry has been a popular pick for the Titans in mock drafts.
But there’s no guarantee Landry will be there, of course.
And that led Mayock to ponder other potential fits as he tackled the question.
“Off the ball linebacker, we get into that conversation of (Boise State’s Leighton) Vander Esch and his medical,” Mayock said. “If Rashaan Evans is there from Alabama, I would jump all over that. But if Evans is gone and Vander Esch is not necessarily on your board medically at that point, I think you are looking at Harold Landry and then, if not, if Landry is gone, there is a whole different conversation going on.”
Mayock said he thinks the Titans are solid on the offensive line. He noted tight end Delanie Walker is a 12-year veteran. He said the team is “stocked” at cornerback with the recent addition of Malcolm Butler, who joined Logan Ryan and Adoree’ Jackson, along with LeShaun Sims and Tye Smith.
“I think at that point, you are looking at the best player you can find,” Mayock said. “And at 25, I really have them penciled in for an edge guy or an off the ball linebacker.
“(Ronnie) Harrison, the safety from Alabama, might make some sense also.”
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