By John Glennon
Mock drafts are ambitious efforts even in the weeks leading up to the NFL Draft, a spin-of-the-wheel or throw-of-the dart in hopes of landing a rare direct hit.
But mock drafts even before the NFL’s free-agency period gets underway?
That’s even more of a guessing game, since we still don’t know which veterans will be coming and going – moves that will create a new roster and reveal a final set of needs.
In the case of the Titans, for instance, we don’t know whether players like Corey Davis, Jonnu Smith, Jayon Brown, DaQuan Jones and Jadeveon Clowney will return or not. We don’t know which players might get cut or traded in the search for more cap space.
All that said, who cares? Mock drafts are entertaining. At this stage, they’re not necessarily about nailing picks exactly, but more about getting an idea of the prospects that are out there – and the strengths/weaknesses of various positions.
With that in mind, here’s my first mini-mock for the Titans, forecasting the team’s picks in the first three rounds. The Titans have one pick in each of those rounds set in stone, and it appears likely they’ll get an additional third-round compensatory pick due to Jack Conklin’s signing in Cleveland last year.
See what you think:
Pick: 1st round, 22nd overall
Player: Kwity Paye
Position: Edge rusher
Height, weight: 6-4, 272 pounds
What to know: We all know the Titans need to get better – much better – at sacking the quarterback, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to add a player who could beef up the team’s run defense as well.