Saturday, April 17, 2021

Tennessee Titans 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 9.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Tennessee Titans Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Tennessee Titans from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

EDSFootball - Hanson (4/15)

22. Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

Tennessee's Derrick Henry-centric offense doesn't require Ryan Tannehill to throw often, but the passing attack has been efficient to keep opposing defenses honest. Only the Ravens and Patriots threw it less than the Titans in 2020, but they were tied for sixth in Y/A (7.9). Only the Packers (9.13%) and Seahawks (7.10%) had a higher TD% than the Titans (6.80%) in 2020.

While the Titans signed Josh Reynolds in the offseason, they lost Corey Davis as well as tight end Jonnu Smith. While all previous iterations of my mock had the Titans focused on the defensive side of the ball, wide receiver could be in play here as well. Timing faster than expected in the forty, Bateman is a polished and productive receiver that finished his sophomore (and last full season) with a 60/1,219/11 receiving line.

Fox Sports - Rang (4/15)

22. Greg Newsome, CB, Northwestern

The addition of Janoris Jenkins helps, but after moving on from former first-round pick Adoree' Jackson, as well as Malcolm Butler, the Titans will be looking hard at cornerbacks in this year's draft. Newsome, agile and scrappy, would fit in perfectly.

CBS Sports - Jones (4/14)

22. Elijah Moore, WR, Mississippi

There's a need at corner that I think the Titans are trusting Kristian Fulton to step up and into this season. Adding even more speed to the receiver position is an attractive option, and they know Moore well after drafting A.J. Brown out of Oxford just two years ago.

Washington Post - Clayton (4/14)

22. Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State

The Titans will consider a cornerback, but they do need an edge rusher to play opposite free agent addition Bud Dupree. Last year, they paid $22.5 million for Vic Beasley and Jadeveon Clowney and didn't get a single sack, so they have to do better this year.

The Athletic - Brugler (4/14)

22. Christian Barmore, IDL, Alabama

The Titans have a strong foundation on the defensive line, but the value of adding a talent like Barmore at this point in the draft could really take the Titans' front to another level. He has Pro Bowl potential as both a run stuffer and pass rusher.

Yahoo Sports! - Edholm (4/13)

22. Elijah Moore, WR, Mississippi

They've lost some firepower in the passing game and could use a YAC threat such as Moore. A.J. Brown and Josh Reynolds are OK on the outside, but the slot is vacant now. Perhaps the Titans could give Moore a shot to be their primary returner after losing Kalif Raymond to the Lions.

ESPN - Kiper (4/13)

22. Elijah Moore, WR, Mississippi

Though the Titans are another team that could address their pass rush, I really like Moore's fit as Ryan Tannehill's primary slot target. Moore had 1,193 receiving yards in eight games last season, working predominantly out of the slot. He can be a high-volume, easy-throw target alongside A.J. Brown, who has blossomed into a legit No. 1 wideout. Cornerback is another position to watch for Tennessee. - Schrager (4/8)

22. Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami (FL)

Phillips was the standout defensive player at Miami's pro day, but he's really all about upside and potential. He offers burning speed and a desire for excellence -- he wants to be coached. I don't think the Bud Dupree and Denico Autry signings mean the Titans are done upgrading their awful pass rush from a season ago.

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