NASHVILLE, Tenn. – OK, so I know this is kind of silly. It’s just too early.
The NFL Draft just ended on Saturday, and the mock drafts are already out for 2019.
Yes, before we know where teams will pick in the draft order, before a lot of things shake out on rosters across the NFL, and before we know which juniors will declare for next year’s NFL Draft. Some stars will certainly emerge on college fields this fall.
But just for the fun of it, let’s check out the 2019 draft forecasts for the Titans…
This from ESPN’s Todd McShay…
*Tennessee Titans: Michaek Deiter, OT, Wisconsin
Yes, Deiter (6-6, 328) could be the third member of Wisconsin's O-line to go in the first round next season.
This from Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com …
*25. Tennessee Titans: Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky *
The Titans could use an upgrade at outside linebacker across from Harold Landry. Here is a good fit for Mike Vrabel.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Allen was one of the top edge defenders in college football during the 2017 season. The junior totaled seven sacks along with 65 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and three passes batted on the year. Allen produced well as a sophomore in 2016 with 62 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and four forced fumbles. One national scout compared Allen to Leonard Floyd coming out of Georgia with Allen's ability to rush off the edge. That scout said Allen isn't as freaky of an athlete as Floyd was and that Allen was not worthy of a top-10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, but he did grade Allen as a future first-rounder.
Another director of college scouting said they had given Allen a high second-round grade for the 2018 NFL Draft, but thought Allen could definitely end up going in the first round. That director said Allen was an interesting player because he also can play inside linebacker, whereas Floyd was just an outside edge defender. That college director said that as an inside linebacker, Allen has similarities to current Texans linebacker Zach Cunningham in terms of his height, speed, length, and athleticism in the middle.
This from Matt Miller of Bleacher Report …
11. Tennessee Titans: Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson
If you liked Vita Vea, you're going to love Dexter Lawrence.
The 6'4", 340-pounder moves too well for a guy his size and has been dominant at the point of attack since his first game at Clemson. There will be those who see "just" a two-gap anchor and not someone who can get upfield—we heard the same thing about Vea—but Lawrence is a natural athlete who has the traits to be disruptive in the pros.
The Titans defense has a solid foundation now with Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry, but Lawrence can be the glue that holds it together—and keep them clean to make plays.
This from Thor Nystrom of Rotoworld …
20. Tennessee Titans: *N’Keal Henry, WR, *Arizona State
The Titans receiving corps doesn’t strike fear into opponents, but if you put Harry opposite Corey Davis and let Taywan Taylor do his thing in the slot, that would change. Harry is big (6’4/214), talented (former five-star) and super-productive (73-1,000-7) line last year despite playing with a mediocre throwing QB). I think he’ll make another developmental leap this fall, which would lock him into Round 1 along with a solid pre-draft testing process.
This from R.J. White, CBS Sports …
16. Tennessee Titans: David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin
David Edwards, OT. Wisconsin. The Titans have to pay Taylor Lewan a massive contract or lose him in free agency after 2018. If they do, it could make Jack Conklin too expensive to keep, maybe even on his $15 million-plus option year in 2020. Here they plan for the future at the position with yet another talented Big Ten lineman in Edwards.
This from Dan Kadar, SBNation …
13. Tennessee Titans: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor didn’t produce much in their rookie seasons last year. If they struggle again the Titans could go into the 2019 draft looking for another wide out. Harry is a playmaker who will get some NFL-style coaching from Herm Edwards.
This from Eric Galko, Sporting News …
13. Tennessee Titans: Beau Benzschawel, G, Wisconsin
While he’s not as good of a guard prospect as Quenton Nelson was this year, Benzschawel has similar top-20 upside. He’s the best player on what should be a loaded Wisconsin offensive line
This from DraftBlaster.com …
16. Tennessee Titans: Andraez Williams, CB, LSU
Tennessee should shift more to becoming a dominant defensive team next year, but they have to find an offense that works best for their young QB.
TitansOnline.com looks at the site of the 2018 NFL Draft. (AP Photos)