Friday, April 2, 2021

Tennessee Titans 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 8.0

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 (4/1)

22. Greg Newsome, CB, Northwestern

All five previous iterations of this mock slotted Georgia's Azeez Ojulari to the Titans as the redshirt sophomore led the SEC in sacks (9.5) in 2020. Perhaps signing Bud Dupree to a massive free-agent deal leads them to address another position with their first pick.

While the Titans signed Janoris Jenkins (and Kevin Johnson), they have also moved on from Adoree' Jackson, Malcolm Butler and Desmond King. Running a sub-4.4 forty at Northwestern's Pro Day, Newsome is a smooth and athletic corner that would be a Day 1 starter for the Titans.

ESPN - McShay (4/1)

22. Greg Newsome, CB, Northwestern

Tennessee could use reinforcements along the offensive line, but to me, this pick is all about either a pass-catcher or a cornerback. The Titans lost Corey Davis, Jonnu Smith, Adoree' Jackson and Desmond King II from those positions in free agency. So let's look at the board. LSU's big receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. would be an option, but the better value falls with Newsome. He's a shutdown corner who would fit nicely with Janoris Jenkins and Kristian Fulton in the Tennessee CB corps. But I'd like to see a few more interceptions.

Baltimore Sun - Doon (3/31)

22. Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

The loss of receiver Corey Davis and tight end Jonnu Smith is a big blow to an offense that turns to coordinator Todd Downing after Arthur Smith took over the Falcons. For Ryan Tannehill to remain the efficient quarterback he's been the past two seasons, the Titans need another playmaker opposite A.J. Brown. Toney is a tough cover who can also add some speed to the return game.

EDSFootball - Donahue (3/29)

22. Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami (FL)

The Titans had the third-fewest sacks in the league last year with just 19 and it looks like they will be losing Jadeveon Clowney on top of it. They did make a big splash with Bud Dupree, who signed a five-year deal and will certainly help create some pressure off the edge, but they still could use an upgrade along the defensive line. Phillips, who has had some medical issues and even "retired" from football briefly, may be the most talented defensive lineman in the draft, as he was the No. 1 high school recruit in the country.

San Diego Union Tribune (3/29)

22. Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

The Titans will need to address their secondary (after releasing Kenny Vaccaro and Malcolm Butler) in a major way. Horn -- his father Joe was a Pro Bowl wide receiver -- is a very talented, uber-aggressive press corner with elite speed, good size (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) and can make plays in run support.

L.A. Times - Farmer (3/29)

22. Christian Barmore, IDL, Alabama

Receiver and offensive line are tempting here, but the Titans bulk up with the best defensive tackle in this class.

The Ringer - Kelly (3/26)

22. Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

The Titans clearly whiffed on their 2020 first-round pick, as the failed Isaiah Wilson experiment leaves them with a hole at right tackle. Taking another first-round swing at the position might sting for GM Jon Robinson, but it's a worthy investment for this run-heavy team. Jenkins is a mauler who plays with attitude in the trenches. He'd match this offense's identity beautifully.

Newsday - Klopsis (3/26)

22. Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

The Titans lost Corey Davis and Adam Humphries in free agency, leaving very little depth at wide receiver behind A.J. Brown. Rashod Bateman played five games before opting out of the 2020 season, but he has the size, hands and aggressiveness to come down with contested catches as well as the fluidity and route-running skills to beat defenders on shorter routes.

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