How will the Titans use their picks in the 2018 NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
The Tennessee Titans had a successful season in 2017, finishing with a 9-7 record on their way to a wild card round victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Although the Titans lost in the Divisional round, Mike Mularkey's team excelled on the defensive side of the ball and found some consistency in the running game. In the offseason, Tennessee signed guard Josh Kline, cornerback Malcolm Butler and running back Dion Lewis, among others.
The Titans gave up a third round pick and the No. 25 pick to Baltimore in order to move up three spots. They got a sixth rounder back as well.
How will they use their picks in the NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
Here's the full list of picks the Titans hold in the 2018 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.
Round 1, Pick 22 (No. 22 overall) [via Baltimore]
Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
Andy Benoit's grade: B
Tennessee needed a replacement for departed free agent Avery Williamson, who joined the Jets, and while the Titans had free-agent signees Nate Palmer and Will Compton, plus 2017 fifth-round cover linebacker Jayon Brown, three players in one position amounts to a lot of question marks. It’s wiser to find an aggressive attacker who played in a multifaceted scheme at Alabama. A lot will be asked of Evans in Mike Vrabel and defensive coordinator Dean Pees’s system. At least he’ll be operating alongside a steady veteran like Wesley Woodyard.
Scouting Report: Evans should join C.J. Mosley, Dont’a Hightower, Reuben Foster and Rolando McClain as plug-and-play first-rounder linebackers out of Nick Saban’s program. Evans is fast and physical, though his value on passing downs is likely to come on the blitz more than in coverage.
Round 2, Pick 9 (No. 41 overall, via Raiders): Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
Round 5, Pick 15 (No. 152 overall): Dane Cruikshank, S, Arizona
Round 6, Pick 25 (No. 199 overall): Luke Falk, QB, Washington State