To close out day two, the Tennessee Titans have selected Washington cornerback Elijah Molden with the 100th overall pick. The need adds depth to the cornerback room, following the addition of Caleb Farley in the first round.
Molden now joins Kristian Fulton, Janoris Jenkins, Kevin Johnson and Farley, completing a total makeover of that room. He stands in 5-9, 192 pounds, and was a four-year contributor at Washington. His best season came back in 2019, where he was able to snag four interceptions.
Here’s UW Dawg Pound’s take on Molden.
He’s been pretty frequently compared to Tyrann Mathieu and it’s not too hard to see why: Molden’s undersized, instinctual, and unafraid.
What really elevated his play the last two seasons compared to his first two was an improved on-field intelligence that went beyond his natural defensive instincts. This high IQ and ability to read an offense turned his innate, almost omniscient anticipation even more deadly. Sure, he’s neither a huge player nor blazing fast, but if there’s a more harrowing combination of intangibles for opposing receivers and quarterbacks, I don’t know what that would be. (UW Dawg Pound)
Expect Molden to compete for time in the slot, potentially replacing Desmond King.
The Titans will be back on the clock on Saturday, with the 126th pick.
Round 4: Pick 126
Round 4: Pick 135
Round 5: Pick 166
Round 6: Pick 205
Round 6: Pick 215
Round 7: Pick 232
- Receiver (x2)
- Defensive tackle
- Tight end