Titans Mock Draft 2021: Can Tennessee round out their team?

    Despite a tough loss to Lamar Jackson and the Ravens in the 2020 NFL Playoffs, this team has some pieces to build upon. Derrick Henry and A.J. Brown are the base of that, but they have some significant holes to fill across the team as well. While the EDGE presence should be better with Bud Dupree in town, the losses of Corey Davis, Jonnu Smith, and a serious problem at cornerback are clear as day. In this Titans 7-Round 2021 NFL Mock Draft, the Titans try to null those voids through the 2021 NFL Draft to make another Super Bowl run.

    Tennessee Titans Post-Free Agency 7-Round Mock Draft

    • Round 1, Pick 22: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
    • Round 2, Pick 53: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
    • Round 3, Pick 85: Hunter Long, TE, Boston College
    • Round 3, Pick 100: Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Iowa
    • Round 4, Pick 126: Victor Dimukeje, EDGE, Duke
    • Round 5, Pick 166: Joshuah Bledsoe, S, Missouri
    • Round 6, Pick 205: Jimmy Morrissey, IOL, Pittsburgh
    • Round 7, Pick 215: Jalen Camp, WR, Georgia Tech
    • Round 7, Pick 232: Khyiris Tonga, IDL, BYU

    Titans 2021 Mock Draft | Pick-by-pick analysis

    Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

    I don’t think the Titans foresaw themselves in a position to draft yet another first-round tackle just a year after drafting Isaiah Wilson. However, after Wilson flunked out of the NFL and Dennis Kelly left, the Titans need some help at right tackle. One of the key things that make the Titans churn is their physicality up front. That is part of what makes Henry such an imposing problem for most NFL teams at this point.

    Oklahoma State’s Teven Jenkins brings that nastiness and physicality up tenfold. An absolute mauler, Jenkins threw guys like Joseph Ossai out of the picture on film at times. Nothing is passive with Jenkins, and he will plant you in pass protection as well.

    Now, this is not just to “set the tone,” if you will. Instead, this is a pick that should give the Titans an immediate starter at right tackle. Jenkins will step in on Day 1 and not just be physical but also a high-level player.

    Jenkins has the hands, football IQ, and strength to be a bastion along the offensive line. And while Tennessee can go a number of directions here, in this Titans 2021 7-Round NFL Mock Draft, they could not pass up the value that comes with Jenkins.

    Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia

    One of the other obvious issues for the Titans this offseason is addressing the cornerback position. There are some pieces still here, even after cutting Malcolm Butler and Adoree’ Jackson. However, cornerback is still a tremendous need for this team after they were scorched through the air for the entire span of their schedule in 2020. Despite some young pieces like Kristian Fulton, this team needs another injection of youth with early draft capital.

    Enter in Georgia’s Eric Stokes, a track star who went bonkers at Georgia’s Pro Day. It was no coincidence that Stokes is a phenomenal athlete. Listen, that shows up on tape. Stokes, overall, has stellar all-around athleticism. He can play off that athleticism to raise his floor significantly. For a team like the Titans, that floor is huge. There will probably be some players on the board with more upside down the road than Stokes. That much is true.

    On the other hand, Stokes does lack some play strength. In addition, it feels at times that Stokes has processing issues in zone coverage. Rather than reading the route concepts, he can seem lost and drifts in space. Even still, Stokes can play press-man coverage or off-man coverage. He has ball skills to make big-time plays, too. At this point, Stokes will be another Day 1 starter for the Titans in this Titans 2021 7-Round Mock Draft.

    Hunter Long, TE, Boston College

    After losing Jonnu Smith, tight end is certainly an area of concern for Tennessee. It may not be critical thanks to the presence of Anthony Firkser, but the Titans have run a significant amount of 12 personnel over the past few years. That will mean adding another guy to the arsenal to help out Ryan Tannehill and company.

    Hunter Long can do just that. A long, fluid athlete, Long has upside going both ways. As a receiver, he is a mismatch for anyone once flexed out into the slot. Up the seam, Long can be a difference-maker and tough to bring down in space. As a blocker, he lacks polish, but his improvement each year in Chestnut Hill bodes well for his prospects here in the NFL. The Titans get someone with starting upside, and Long will contribute from Day 1.

    Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Iowa

    Another one of those big points of concern is undoubtedly the wide receiver position. With Davis out of the picture and Adam Humphries gone, this receiver group badly needs some supplement of talent. Josh Reynolds and A.J. Brown are a fine duo, but if there is no one else to help take off some pressure, this receiving corps will falter.

    Ihmir Smith-Marsette can be the perfect Z receiver this offense needs. A speedy, vertical threat, Smith-Marsette is something that the Titans need — speed and vertical prowess. He is the type of guy who can take the top off a defense through savviness and dynamic physical traits. It helps Smith-Marsette can work in the slot and be a physical presence in that space as well. Overall, Smith-Marsette fits what the Titans need nicely and should be another immediate contributor.

    Victor Dimukeje, EDGE, Duke

    While Dupree is now on the team and Harold Landry is promising, the Titans still lack outside linebacker depth. With significant snaps still up for grabs in a rotational role, they need to patch this up. The pass-rushing depth needs to go from a weakness to a strength that this defense can put its pride in — Jon Robinson has made that a point of emphasis.

    With Victor Dimukeje, the Titans get the exact type of guy that needs to help that vision come to fruition. Dimukeje has plenty of ways to win with his arsenal. An above-average first step combined with real power off his bull rush makes Dimukeje multi-dimensional in the ways he wins. In addition to that, Dimukeje has significant bend around the edge. It makes him a beautiful fit for the Titans’ needs and scheme.

    Joshuah Bledsoe, S, Missouri

    The Titans have some depth needs here at safety. After Kenny Vaccaro’s release, Amani Hooker stands to take his place and step into a starting role. With Kevin Byard there as well, this safety tandem is still strong. However, having some depth is going to be critical just in case of an injury.

    Joshuah Bledsoe can bring some of that security to the team. At the very least, Bledsoe is an ace special teamer in his first year. The third phase of the game is never to be forgotten, especially on Day 3 of the draft. Bledsoe plays hot and possesses an insatiable appetite for physicality. While there are certainly concerns about his eye discipline and trigger, Bledsoe’s athleticism and physicality give him a baseline of upside to work on in his career.

    Jimmy Morrissey, IOL, Pittsburgh

    Another pick along the offensive line, the Titans are aging bit on their interior. At minimum, some young depth would not hurt to have by any means. Despite satisfactory play from that unit, it is a Day 3 need at the least. Enter in Jimmy Morrissey, who is both capable of center and guard play. During his time at Pitt, Morrissey was a team captain and the field general for the Panthers’ offense.

    While there is likely not a ton of upside to Morrissey’s game, he should be a perfectly capable depth piece. Morrissey has a decent athletic profile and elite cerebral traits for the position. With a strong, sturdy build, Morrissey’s compact frame allows him to take on power at a high level. With a little bit of polish on his hands, Morrissey can be a plug-and-play spot starter for the Titans in the future.

    Jalen Camp, WR, Georgia Tech

    As mentioned earlier, the Titans’ wide receiver room is one where there has to be some urgency. Double-dipping at the position should be the expectation, given the lack of proven talent on the roster. A late Day 3 selection will have the opportunity to make a special-teams impact, if nothing else.

    That is what Jalen Camp is to perfection. An absolute freak athlete, Camp has the speed, explosiveness, and quickness that few do at his size. If nothing else, that gives him a puncher’s chance to make the team. Add onto that expert special-teams experience as a gunner, and Camp has a route to make this roster. If he can polish up his routes over time, it would be no surprise to see Camp actually get some significant snaps by the end of his rookie deal.

    Khyiris Tonga, IDL, BYU

    As for their last selection in the draft, the Titans could go several directions. Either way, adding a defensive lineman and some potential depth at that position is never a bad thing. Khyiris Tonga is one of the strongest pure linemen that will go this late in the draft. His stout frame and ferocious motor give him a head start on some of his competition in this area as well.

    Now, he lacks elite length and certainty is not a twitched-up athlete by any means. However, he never really needs to be that. Tonga is likely a run stopper first and a two-down player in the NFL. Yet, in a division with Jonathan Taylor and the Colts running game, a guy like Tonga has his value and place. There is a chance that Tonga can really scrap it out and make Tennessee’s roster as a rotational piece in his rookie deal.

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