As we continue with our series, “32 NFL mock drafts in 32 days,” next up is the Tennessee Titans. This team finished with double-digit wins last year, the first time since the 2008 season. They’re currently one of the best teams in the league and aim to clinch the AFC South for the second year in a row.
This offseason has been interesting for the Titans so far. The front office has done its part in improving the pass rush by signing Bud Dupree and Denico Autry to the roster. Jayon Brown also re-signed with the team, giving the Titans a solid front seven on paper. The secondary has made drastic changes, as Malcolm Butler, Kenny Vaccaro, and Adoree’ Jackson were all released by the team.
Furthermore, the front office hasn’t done much to replace Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith on the offense. They also released Dennis Kelly and Isaiah Wilson, leaving Tennessee with a few holes to fill on the offensive side of the ball. Heading into the draft, the Titans have needs to fill at cornerback, wide receiver, offensive tackle, tight end, and edge rusher.
Luckily for them, this class is stacked with plenty of talent in each of those positions. If the Titans plan to make the playoffs for a third straight year, they’ll have to make sure to address the holes on the roster. With that said, here is my 2021 NFL mock draft for the Tennessee Titans.
Tennessee Titans 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Day One
1.22 | Caleb Farley | CB | Virginia Tech
Caleb Farley enters the draft as a top 10 prospect, however, due to his injury concerns, many teams are opting out on the Virginia Tech cornerback. He played two years in college and put up an impressive 56 total tackles, six interceptions, and 19 pass deflections. Cornerback is a position of concern for Tennessee, but Farley has the potential to provide immediate production as soon as he’s healthy. This is a similar situation to when the Titans selected Jeffery Simmons back in 2019. Farley could be the steal of the NFL draft, and for the Titans.
Tennessee Titans 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Day Two
Trade: Titans receive 40. Broncos receive 53 and 205
2.40 | Elijah Moore | WR | Ole’ Miss
After securing the cornerback position, the Titans front office should highly consider moving back up into the second round for a wide receiver. As of right now, AJ Brown is the only exciting player on the roster. Elijah Moore is an electrifying playmaker who can play as a solid slot receiver for Tennessee.
He also has a report with Brown, as the two attended Ole’ Miss. Moore gives the Titans another great receiving option, making the offense more lethal.
3.85 | Patrick Jones II | EDGE | Pitt
Tennessee goes back to defense in the third round of this NFL mock draft. Patrick Jones II is a solid pass rusher who can provide immediate production. Tennessee was one of the worst teams in the league at rushing the quarterback after only acquiring 19 total sacks on the year. Adding Jones II into the rotation on the edge should provide the Titans with three legitimate pass rushers at the outside linebacker position.
3.100 | Tommy Tremble | TE | Notre Dame
After letting Jonnu Smith go, it seems Tennessee is going to give Anthony Firkser a chance to be the starter. However, finding a prospect for the future is essential for the success of this franchise down the road. Tommy Tremble is a raw prospect that needs time to develop. He’s very athletic and dangerous with the ball after the catch. If the coaching staff can be patient and develop him properly, Tremble has the potential to become a legitimate passing option for Tennessee beyond 2021.
Tennessee Titans 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Day Three
4.126 | Brady Christensen | OT | BYU
The Titans have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, but the right tackle position is lacking. They signed Kendall Lamm to at least compete for a starting spot on the roster but will look to the draft to find more competition. Brady Christensen is an underrated tackle that can swing from the left and right sides of the line. He’s perfect for the Titans’ run-heavy offensive scheme, as Christensen is known to be a bruising tackle built for mauling defenders to open up running lanes.
5.166 | Nico Collins | WR | Michigan
Nico Collins might just be the most underrated wide receiver in the draft this year. He’s one of the few big-bodied pass-catchers, as he’s 6-4, 215 pounds. Including him into a receiver room with AJ Brown, Josh Reynolds, and (possibly) Elijah Moore, the Titans passing game suddenly becomes dangerous once again.
Collins showed improvement each year at Michigan and has the potential to be a consistent possession receiver for Tennessee one day.
6.215 | Feleipe Franks | QB | Arkansas
The Titans always seem to take a quarterback somewhere in rounds five through seven. I have them doing so again in my NFL mock draft. Feleipe Franks is a dual-threat quarterback that fits the Titans’ scheme overall. He originally began his collegiate career with the Florida Gators but opted to transfer to Arkansas after Kyle Trask stole the starting job away. Franks has some solid potential but will need time to develop. With Ryan Tannehill not getting any younger, Franks could be the long-term answer in the future.
7.232 | Patrick Johnson | DL | Tulane
Patrick Johnson might just be the biggest sleeper in the draft. He has silently been a monster during his tenure with Tulane. After four years in college, Johnson racked up 132 total tackles (35 for a loss), 21 sacks, and six forced fumbles. Johnson is very versatile, as the Green Waves moved him around their defense. He has experience lining up outside and putting his hand in the dirt. That is how Mike Vrabel was hoping to use Jadeveon Clowney last year. Johnson would be a great depth player for the team, with the potential to become a legitimate starter one day.
Tennessee Titans 2021 NFL Mock Draft Recap
In this NFL mock draft for the Titans, Tennessee addresses each need while acquiring some necessary depth. Farley could be an absolute steal for Tennessee as long as he fully recovers from his concerning injury. Moore, Collins, and Tremble provide a much-needed boost to the Titans passing game, while Christensen adds depth to the offensive line. Between Jones II and Johnson, the Titans pass-rush should be much better going forward. The Titans roster would be vastly improved and ready to make a run for the playoffs again if they can walk away from the draft something close to this one.
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