Who Should the Tennessee Titans Draft First in 2020?
The Tennessee Titans have been one of the busier teams during the NFL offseason. Making Ryan Tannehill a wealthy man meant saying goodbye to the likes of Jack Conklin and Jurrell Casey. Cameron Wake and Logan Ryan aren’t returning to Nashville, nor are Dion Lewis or Delanie Walker.
Whatever Jon Robinson decides to do with the 29th pick, he ought to spend it on a player who can come in right away and provide a positive impact.
Before I key on who the Tennessee Titans should draft first, I’ll start by revealing this franchise’s most glaring needs.
Tennessee Titans’ Biggest Draft Needs
The Titans should sign Devonta Freeman so they don’t have to utilize any picks on a running back. They can wait on drafting a tight end, and acquiring Vic Beasley allows them to breathe at edge rusher.
Resigning Dennis Kelly is a nice backup plan at right tackle, but it’s the ideal way Mike Vrabel wants to head into the season. Drafting competent offensive lineman at #29 would is the most likely scenario, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see Tennessee pluck an edge rusher or a receiver at the tail end of Day 1.
It really depends on who’s available and how they stack up on the Titans big board.
Here are a few examples of what we could see transpire at #29.
Draft Josh Jones
Most mock drafts have Josh Jones being the 5th offensive lineman selected somewhere around the 20th pick. Falling deeper into Day 1 is possible, but it’s hard to see envision him slipping any further than that being that Tennessee is picking at #29.
The Titans pride themselves on running the football behind a powerful offensive line, but now that unit no longer has Jack Conklin pushing the pile. Conklin inked a rich deal in Cleveland, which sets the stage for Jon Robinson to pull the trigger on a tackle in the first round.
If Josh Jones is available when Tennessee is on the clock, my guess is it won’t take Robinson long to execute the pick.
Draft Austin Jackson
If Josh Jones is gone, Austin Jackson is probably the next best thing. Perhaps he’s even better.
The 6’5” 322-pound offensive lineman from Phoenix offers insane athleticism for a man his size and will likely be on a fast track toward being a franchise tackle in the NFL.
Austin could have chosen to return for a final year at USC and conceivably been a top-10 pick in 2021, but he instead decided to take matters into his own hands. The same hands he’ll be using to fend off edge rushers for the next 10-12 years in the National Football League.
Draft Jalen Reagor
If the Titans aren’t captivated by any of the offensive linemen on the board, it could be because their attention is already fixated on Jalen Reagor. A.J. Brown turned heads as a rookie, and Corey Davis still has upside, but the slot position can certainly be upgraded. I like Adam Humphries as a player, but imagine how electric this offense could be if he was replaced by Jalen Reagor.
Being the top slot WR in the 2020 Draft Class is just one of the reasons I think Jalen Reagor will be a first-round pick, but I could go on and on. The standout at TCU is a huge asset in the return game, and his versatility will allow him to do damage from any and all formations.
Five years from now, we could all look back and wonder how so many other teams passed on such a dynamic playmaker.
Who Will the Titans Draft First?
Jalen Reagor is as enthralling as it gets, but it’s clear that the offensive line is the bigger area of concern in Tennessee. Jon Robinson is an intelligent GM and understands how to gauge NFL talent, so it’s hard to drum up a scenario of Josh Jones being there at #29 and the Titans not calling his name.
It might be wishful thinking, but I’ll predict that Josh Jones lands in Nashville. With Jack Conklin bolting for Cleveland, this is the best way to ensure the OL doesn’t miss a beat.