NASHVILLE – ESPN’s NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has made a big change for the Titans in his second mock draft.
Kiper has the Titans taking Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, a 6-foot-4, 315-pounder from Clemson, with the 19th overall pick. In his initial mock draft, Kiper had the Titans taking Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson.
Kiper’s Mock Draft 2.0 was released on Monday morning.
Here’s what Kiper said:
19. Tennessee Titans
Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
Tennessee got very little last season from free-agent addition Bennie Logan, and the defense could upgrade on either side of elite nose tackle Jurrell Casey in its 3-4. Wilkins (6-4, 312) could play tackle in a 4-3 or end in a 3-4. The Titans will likely keep a close eye on edge-rushing outside linebackers here, but the value with Wilkins on my board is too good to pass up.
Wilkins became the first William V. Campbell Trophy winner in Clemson history.
He completed his four-year collegiate career with 250 tackles, 41 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, 56 quarterback pressures, 16 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 2,441 snaps over 59 games (45 starts). He was a three-time All-America performer.
The Titans need more disruptive players alongside Casey, who is officially listed as a defensive tackle. Casey racked up seven sacks and 50 quarterback pressures in 2018.
The NFL Draft is scheduled for April 25-27 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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