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2016 NFL Draft Grade: Tennessee Titans

Titans 2016 Draft Class8th overall:


Titans 2016 Draft Class

8th overall: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

33rd overall: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

43rd overall: Austin Johnson, NT, Penn State

45th overall: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

64th overall: Kevin Byard, S, Middle Tennessee

140th overall: Tajae Sharpe, WR, Massachusetts

 157th overall: Leshaun Sims, CB, Southern Utah

193rd overall: Sebastian Tretola, OG, Arkansas

222nd overall: Aaron Wallace, OLB, UCLA

253 overall: Kalan Reed, CB, Southern Mississippi

Trading down, trading up. The Titans did it all during the draft and hauled in an impressive variety of players and draft picks for the future. They are clearly in another re building year so these decisions all make sense but did they draft the right personnel? After several trades the Titans selected Jack Conklin 8th overall. A solid pick with footballing pedigree and an extremely high ceiling, he showed versatility by playing on the left and right during college which adds to his value. The question is, should they have gambled on Laremy Tunsil? Only time will tell if they made the right choice but one thing is for sure, Conklin has the mental and physical ability to be a solid player in the league for many years to come. Making 3 early second round picks is always a nice luxury for any team to have and the Titans certainly took advantage of the situation, picking two young talented defensive linemen and a potential bell cow running back. Dodd and Johnson make a lot of sense as the Titans defence struggled to get to the passer all season and that all starts by winning the war in the trenches. Picking Henry 45th overall feels like a luxury pick combined with an insurance policy all in one. Do the coaches believe in free agent signing Demarco Murray’s abilities and durability, or is the plan simply to slowly increase Henry’s work load and evaluate if he’s the feature back for years to come, after all they haven’t had much luck with the running back position since CJ2K. The later rounds were used to address some much needed depth and competition within the titan’s roster that lacked flair and energy last season. Mr. Irrelevant (last pick in the draft all together) Kalan Reed should be able to fight his way onto the practice squad and maybe even the 53 man roster as the Titans hunt for a shutdown corner, Maybe the chip on his shoulder will be the spark he needs to become a monster in the secondary. The combination of trades resulting in multiple picks for this year and next year, plus very strong safe picks shows that the Titans are well on their way to becoming a playoff contender again in the not so distant future.

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