Tennessee Titans Draft Preview; 2016 Schedule Released
With the NFL Draft set to begin on April 28th, let’s take a look at this year’s Tennessee Titans Draft Preview and schedule.
Tennessee Titans Draft Preview
Top Needs: Offensive Tackle, Cornerback, Safety, Defensive End
Draft Picks: Round 1 (15), Round 2 (33), Round 2 (43), Round 2 (45), Round 3 (64), Round 3 (76), Round 5 (140), Round 6 (193), Round 7 (222)
The Tennessee Titans possess the number 15 overall pick in the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft. After hitting on their franchise quarterback of the future in Marcus Mariota last year, this year they should look to find someone to protect his blindside for years to come. Enter Laremy Tunsil out of Ole Miss. At this point in Draft analysis, in order for Tunsil to fall to the Titans, they would have to trade for a higher pick.
After grabbing the premier left tackle of this years’ class, the Titans can look to fill other holes mainly across the defense side of the ball. In the second round I can see the Titans going after a cornerback to try and find someone to start opposite of Jason McCourty. Kendall Fuller out of Virginia Tech can be an interesting pick here. He is the fifth ranked corner on most boards and has the talent to back it up. He doesn’t have great size at 5’11” 187 lbs, but he makes up with it with smooth hips and above average ball skills. Kendall can be the next in line to go to the NFL following his three older brothers.
The Titans’ need for a defensive end can come in the later rounds due to exceptional depth at the defensive line this year. That’s why in the third round, the Titans can address the wide receiver position and give Mariota another toy to play with. Rashard Higgins out of Colorado State could be that toy. He is the 10th ranked receiver coming out this year and is projected to be a second or third round pick. He has good size for a receiver at 6’1”, 196 lbs. He leaves Colorado State as the all-time leader in catches (230), receiving yards (3,520) and touchdowns (31). If Dorial Green-Beckham can come into the big time player he was in college, the duo of him and Higgins can be fun to watch.
With the later picks, the Titans can look to address the defensive front with some linemen. Jihad Ward out of Illinois looks to be an NFL ready defensive end who also saw time at tackle. At 6’5”, 297 lbs, he has good size to match with an explosive first step. He has been overlooked by many due to the depth at his position this year.
A safety will be taken as well by the Titans, but where is the question. We can assume somewhere in the fifth-seventh rounds would be fair. This draft class is rather thin at the safety position, however. Justin Simmons out of Boston College should be a guy to keep an eye on. A projected sixth rounder, Simmons has knack for creating turnovers.
We all know turnovers win games and he is a guy that can help in all aspects of that. In 2015, he had five interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries for the Eagles. He also led the team in tackles which shows that can do more than just cover. With a combination of ball skills and open-field tackling, Simmons can help out a lackluster Titans’ secondary.
Tennessee Titans’ Schedule
Week 1: Sept. 11, Minnesota Vikings, 12:00
Week 2: Sept. 18, at Detroit Lions, 12:00
Week 3: Sept. 25, Oakland Raiders, 12:00
Week 4: Oct. 2, at Houston Texans, 12:00
Week 5: Oct. 9, at Miami Dolphins, 12:00
Week 6: Oct. 16, Cleveland Browns, 12:00
Week 7: Oct. 23, Indianapolis Colts, 12:00
Week 8: Oct. 27, Jacksonville Jaguars (Thu), 7:25
Week 9: Nov. 6, at San Diego Chargers, 3:25
Week 10: Nov. 13, Green Bay Packers, 12:00
Week 11: Nov. 20, at Indianapolis Colts, 12:00
Week 12: Nov. 27, at Chicago Bears, 12:00
Week 13: BYE
Week 14: Dec. 11, Denver Broncos, 12:00
Week 15: Dec. 18, at Kansas City Chiefs, 12:00
Week 16: Dec. 24, at Jacksonville Jaguars (Sat), 12:00
Week 17: Jan. 1, Houston Texans, 12:00
(Tennessee Titans Draft Preview)