The vast majority of the 2021 NFL mock drafts out there have the Tennessee Titans staying put in the first round at No. 22 overall, but there have been some pegging the Titans either trading up or down.
The most recent example of this comes from Vinnie Iyer of Sporting News, who has the Titans trading back in the first round with the Buffalo Bills, ultimately landing the No. 30 overall pick and a third third-rounder.
With their new draft spots, the Titans select Michigan offensive tackle Jalen Mayfield, while the Bills take Alabama running back Najee Harris. Here’s what Iyer had to say about Tennessee’s pick:
The Titans’ reasoning for trading down was they could still find a viable right tackle and didn’t need to force themselves into the pass-rusher run. Mayfield, with the same college background as Taylor Lewan, can help the team better replace Jack Conklin, who left for the Browns last offseason.
Any selection of an offensive tackle in the first round will come with plenty of scrutiny after the disastrous situation that was the pick of Isaiah Wilson, and it doesn’t matter if the Titans trade up, down or stay at No. 22 to do it.
While the Titans could conceivable trade back if the player they want isn’t there, general manager Jon Robinson also has the option of getting aggressive and moving up with nine picks to work with.
With big needs at positions like cornerback, wide receiver, right tackle, tight end and defensive line, there are a slew of possibilities for what Tennessee can do on Day 1.