While defense continues to be a focus for the Tennessee Titans this offseason, the offensive side of the ball has some holes to fill at wide receiver, tight end and right tackle.
While Pro Football Focus’ Michael Renner has the Titans addressing all three of those needs in his recent four-round mock draft, he doesn’t have the team taking a cornerback and instead chooses to take a defensive lineman at No. 22 overall to kick things off.
Here’s a look at Renner’s picks:
Round 1, Pick 22: DL Christian Barmore, Alabama
Round 2, Pick 53: WR Rondale Moore, Purdue
Round 3, Pick 85: TE Hunter Long, Boston College
Round 4, Pick 100: OT Brady Christensen, BYU
Here’s his reasoning behind giving Tennessee that particular prospect in the first round:
A defensive tackle? Well, A). Barmore is that good; he earned a 91.5 pass-rushing grade as a redshirt sophomore that led all defensive tackles in the country in 2020, and B). the Titans have clearly prioritized the trenches this offseason after cutting their starting corners and signing Bud Dupree. Barmore and Jeffery Simmons would be a problem.
All of us here at Titans Wire are big on Barmore and he could be a major contributor upfront in the years to come, as well as a DaQuan Jones replacement at nose tackle if he ends up leaving in free agency.
Moore, Long and Christensen are all picks that make sense, however we’d much rather see a cornerback taken with one of those early picks.
As much as we love Barmore, the Titans might be better served going with a corner in the first round, or with a receiver in the first and then a corner in the second.
No matter what order general manager Jon Robinson goes in, those two positions should be the top priorities, and after that he can begin to target other positions of need.