After qualifying for the postseason in 2017, the Tennessee Titans missed the playoffs in 2018 after finishing the regular season with a 9-7 record.
The Titans dealt with a myriad of injuries last season, most notably to starting quarterback Marcus Mariota. Entering Mike Vrabel's second season as head coach, keeping Mariota healthy will be a priority as the Titans look to make a jump to the postseason.
In last year's draft, the Titans selected linebacker Rashaan Evans from Alabama in the first round.
How will they use their picks in this year's NFL draft? We're breaking down every selection below, including grades from The MMQB's Andy Benoit.
Here's the full list of picks the Titans hold in the 2019 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.
Round 1, pick 19 (No. 19 overall):
Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
Andy Benoit's grade: C+
The Titans must like the talent and upside because Simmons could miss most of his rookie season rehabbing an ACL injury. Plus, they did not have any immediate need at interior D-line; Jurrell Casey is still a stud, and Austin Johnson and DaQuan Jones are solid. The Titans could have used some reinforcement at tight end and safety, but if they feel those positions can be addressed in the next few rounds, it’s hard to fault a team for investing in talent. And by the time Simmons can play, they might decide that Johnson—a free agent in 2020—is not worth re-signing. Plus, no team has ever been hurt from having too much depth along the defensive line. This is a player who the MMQB’s Albert Breer noted is widely seen as having top-five talent, but in addition to his torn ACL, teams are also aware of a video of him striking a woman in high school. (My grade reflects his value on the field relative to his draft slot.)
Round 2, pick 19 (No. 51 overall): A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
Andy Benoit's grade: A-
With Corey Davis emerging as a featured weapon in Tennessee’s new Rams-style scheme last year and Adam Humphries getting big money to handle the slot, Brown’s arrival gives the Titans a steady all-around puzzle piece to build into their multi-receiver route combinations. It also ensures that speedster Taywan Taylor will play strictly a specialty role, which betters suits him.
Round 3, pick 18 (No. 82 overall): Nate Davis, G, Charlotte
Andy Benoit's grade: C+
With right guard Kevin Pamphile in a contract year, the hope is Davis can assume that starting job in 2020. He’s known as a mauler, which is interesting because the Titans employ an outside zone scheme, which is built more on agility.
Round 4, pick 14 (No. 116 overall): Amani Hooker, S, Iowa
Round 5, pick 30 (No. 168 overall): D'Andre Walker, LB, Georgia
Round 6, pick 15 (No. 188 overall): David Long Jr., LB, West Virginia
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