Hall of Fame Mock Draft for 2020, Pick #29 – The Titans Have Multiple Holes to Fill

By Michael Wynn in NFL
| April 20, 2020 5:45 am PDT
Hall of Fame Mock Draft for 2020 – Pick #29 Tennessee Titans

With word that Mike Singletary is on his way to Baltimore, it’s up to Tennessee in our Hall of Fame mock draft. If you’re wondering what a Hall of Fame mock draft is, I’ve explained what’s taking place in detail right here.

Essentially, we’ve created a 2020 fantasy draft where the order and team needs of the first round stay the same, but teams are picking from a pool of Hall of Fame players as opposed to incoming rookies. Based on the holes Tennessee is looking to fill and who’s still left on the board, I’ll focus on the following three players.

  • Tony Gonzalez, TE
  • Merlin Olsen, DT
  • Forrest Gregg, OT

Each one would fill an immediate need for Mike Vrabel’s crew.

Tony Gonzalez, TE

The Titans need balance on their offense. As tremendous as Derrick Henry is in the running game, Ryan Tannehill needs a safety valve he can rely on in clutch situations. Delanie Walker and Dion Lewis have both moved on, and Tennessee failed to address the tight end position during free agency.

I like Jonnu Smith, but Mike Vrabel knows exactly what Tony Gonzalez would bring to the table.

Unquestionably the most consistent and durable tight end who has ever played, Tony would spread out the Titans offense in a major way. On top of giving Tannehill an insurance policy on third downs, guys like A.J. Brown and Corey Davis could flourish in the open space.

Merlin Olsen, DT

When the Rams drafted Merlin Olsen with the 3rd pick in the 1962 NFL Draft, the expectations were that Merlin Olsen would be a run-stuffing defensive tackle who had the potential to develop into an All-Pro. What LA didn’t know was that Merlin would become the first and only player to begin his career with 14 consecutive Pro-Bowl selections.

Whether you talk about his power or emphasize his extremely high football IQ, Olsen used a variety of techniques to constantly penetrate the backfield. His propensity for wreaking havoc at the line of scrimmage makes him a super intriguing pick for Tennessee at #29. 

Forrest Gregg, OT

Taylor Lewan is holding the fort down at right tackle. However, the Titans need to replenish the other tackle position on the offensive line after Jack Conklin signed a three-year/$42 million deal with the Browns. 

Forrest Gregg was a right tackle, and all he did was make nine Pro Bowls and win three Super Bowls. With that being said, there’s nothing I need to say to sum up how good of a football player Gregg was for the Packers.

Vince Lombardi simply stated, “Forrest Gregg is the finest player I ever coached.”

Need I say anymore?

The Titans Pick Is In…

There’s no disputing that depth on both the offensive and defensive lines is a major need for the Titans in the 2020 NFL Draft. But in this Hall of Fame mock, Jon Robinson and his staff are only going to get one shot at the legend that is Tony Gonzalez.

Tennessee can find some help in the trenches on the second day of the draft, but Gonzalez is someone who would add another layer to Mike Vrabel’s offense. In the end, he’s too enticing to pass up.

It’s safe to say that Ryan Tannehill would be happy to sign off on this draft pick.

For our other 2020 Hall of Fame mock draft picks, check out our NFL blog section.

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