The early evaluation of the Titans’ 2021 draft class

By John Glennon

    Here’s one thing you can rely on in Mike Vrabel’s early unofficial depth charts: Rookies are almost always buried at the bottom of their respective position groups, often third string or below -- and rarely ever higher than second string.

    That trend continued Monday when the first unofficial depth chart was released, as first-round pick Caleb Farley and third-round pick Elijah Molden were listed fourth and fifth, respectively, at one cornerback position, behind Briean Boddy-Calhoun. Similarly, sixth-round pick Racey McMath and fourth-round pick Dez Fitzpatrick were listed fourth and fifth, respectively, at one of the wide receiver spots – immediately behind Kalija Lipscomb.

    Third-round pick Monty Rice was a third-stringer at one linebacker spot, seventh-round Brady Breeze was third string at free safety and fourth-rounder Rashad Weaver was a fourth-string linebacker.

    In fact, the only rookie that nosed his way onto the second string was second-round pick Dillon Radunz. But interestingly enough, Radunz is penciled in at right guard, after he was drafted as a right tackle.

    So does all this mean the Titans’ 2021 class is off to a horrendous start? Not necessarily, no. It’s Vrabel’s traditional way of letting his rookies – even the highest draft picks – know they have to earn . . .

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Author: John GlennonMulti-media journalist with extensive expertise covering the NFL, NHL, professional soccer and more, including the Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators for The Tennessean with articles, videos and podcasts. Strengths include the ability to write quick, concise and thorough analysis, as well as the ability to uncover unique human-interest stories. In working as a reporter, John developed skills that extend beyond the sports journalism world. An efficient and effective communicator, John is confident, calm and productive under deadline pressure and knows the power of the written word. John brings to Broadway Sports a work ethic second to none, an intellectual hunger, and an ability to inform and entertain readers, viewers and listeners. Reach out directly to John at: