There’s no question that wide receiver and cornerback are high — if not highest — on the Tennessee Titans’ priority list going into the 2021 NFL draft after how things have transpired during the offseason thus far.
Tennessee is still lacking depth at the receiver position despite the signing of Josh Reynolds, and the team still needs to address cornerback, both for 2021 and the long term.
As a result, Pro Football Focus’ Austin Gayle has the Titans taking Ole Miss wide receiver Elijah Moore at No. 22 overall, and then Syracuse cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu at No. 53 overall in the second round.
Here’s Gayle’s take on the Moore pick:
Losing Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith in the same offseason should put Tennessee in a prime position to target a wide receiver at No. 22 overall, and Elijah Moore would be a huge value for Ryan Tannehill and company. Moore was one of the most productive receivers in the country for Lane Kiffin at Ole Miss, finishing the 2020 season with the third-highest PFF receiving grade in the country (92.4).
Moore, who is a former college teammate of Titans superstar A.J. Brown and someone Brown has lobbied for the team to draft, is shooting up boards after an impressive showing at the Ole Miss Pro Day.
He figures to spend his time working out of the slot at the next level, but with his explosiveness and YAC ability could be deployed all over the field.
Melifonwu is one of the better cornerback prospects the Titans could grab in the second round if they choose to go with receiver or another position at No. 22 overall.
The Syracuse product brings great size at 6-foot-2 and 212 pounds and is projected to be a starting outside corner at the next level. He could serve as depth for Tennessee in Year 1.
Putting the specific picks aside, going with some combination of cornerback and wide receiver with their first two picks is the most likely course of action for the Titans in the 2021 NFL draft.