Tennessee Titans’ final 7-round simulation with a trade


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With my first pick, I went ahead and selected one of the wide receivers I would have been tempted to take had I stayed at No. 26 overall.

George Pickens of Georgia is one of the most underrated prospects in this entire draft class. Pickens has some of the strongest ball skills and most reliable hands in this class.

Pickens also boasts a legitimate speed of 4.4 to 6-foot-3, and he plays the physical brand of football that would fit well with Mike Vrabel and the culture he built in Tennessee.

The Georgia product will immediately give the Titans a terrific trio of wide receivers, with AJ Brown and Robert Woods.

My next pick then went to arguably the best tight end in the entire draft, Trey McBride. The Colorado State product has three-try potential as a blocker and wide receiver.

Last season, the Titans ran the majority of their offense off 11 people (three wide receivers) and 12 people (two tight ends). These first two choices guarantee that these packages will be more dynamic and talented.

I wrapped up Day 2 by selecting one of the most athletically fluid inside linemen in this entire class, Cole Strange of Chattanooga.

Strange would instantly join the starting competition at left guard with Jamarco Jones and Aaron Brewer, which ideally would also allow 2021 second-round pick Dillon Radunz to focus solely on the right tackle.

I then started Day 3 by giving the Titans a third running back with more upside than Dontrell Hilliard. Despite his limited athleticism, many believe Kyren Williams has the best mix of pass protection, running and pass catching abilities of any running back in this class.

The Notre Dame product also offers a legitimate advantage as a runner and could become a complete three-way running back with proper guidance and patience.

I then went ahead and drafted an athletic offensive lineman with a massive 7-foot-1 wingspan who topped his level of competition in Matt Waletzko. The North Dakota product has all the features you are looking for in project equipment. He’s worth it there in Round 5.

I concluded the draft by adding two players in Round 6 who could contribute to special teams and offense or defense.

Tyquan Thornton is a dynamic athlete whose speed and versatility would be invaluable to the Titans’ wide receiver and special teams units as a potential returner.

Finally, I give the Titans a physical presence on defense and on the special teams they can develop.

Smoke Monday is an enthusiast who sets the tone in the running game, and with the Titans being in the same division as Jonathan Taylor, it’s a good idea to have someone who can physically enforce things in the box.

Plus, as a bonus, Monday has the coolest name in the draft and his addition would continue the Titans’ recent trend of picking players with cool names in the sixth round, like Brady Breeze and Racey McMath.


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