Tennessee Titans draft review
1 (19). Jeffery Simmons, DT: 6-4, 305, Mississippi St.
2 (51). A.J. Brown, WR: 6-1, 226, Ole Miss
3 (82). Nate Davis, OG: 6-3, 316, Charlotte
4 (116). Amani Hooker, S: 5-11, 210, Iowa
5 (168). D’Andre Walker, OLB: 6-2, 251, Georgia
6 (188). David Long Jr., LB: 5-11, 227, West Virginia
After making just four picks last year (and one, Luke Falk, didn’t make the team), the Titans made just six this year. One of those (Simmons) will miss most of 2019 recovering from a torn ACL. Brown is a great slot wideout, but he doesn’t give the offense the speed boost it needs. Stealing Walker and Long late helped the grade, but the impact here is lacking.
Best pick: In a weak linebacker class, Long is one of the few — outside of top-10 picks Devin White and Devin Bush — who shows the instincts, physicality and movement traits to excel against both the run and pass at the pro level. He should fit nicely as a successor to Wesley Woodyard.
Upside pick: Off-field and medical concerns aside, Simmons is a top-three prospect who some prefer to Quinnen Williams. He’s able to threaten as a pass rusher from anywhere along the line and can dominate against the run as well.