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Tennessee Titans 2020 Draft Picks Overview
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Tennessee Titans Offense
by Rich Hribar
2019 Tennessee Titans Ranks
*denotes new addition
After a stellar final nine weeks of the 2019 season, Tennessee gave Ryan Tannehill a new four-year contract prior to free agency. Whether or not Tannehill can rollover that late-season production remains to be seen, but the team is locked into him on the roster for at least the next two seasons, with a more realistic out year coming after 2022. What the team doesn’t have is a viable backup plan, which is how we got here with Tannehill in the first place.
Derrick Henry led the NFL in rushing in 2019 with 1,540 yards on the ground to go along with 16 rushing scores. Including the postseason, Henry has now scored 28 touchdowns over his past 23 games played. With his end of the season surge and strong playoff performance, the Titans placed the franchise tag on Henry this offseason, but have not yet worked out a long term extension. He had 77.4% of the team running back touches, but still managed to catch just 18 passes.
With Dion Lewis leaving the team this offseason, the Titans lack a quality backup or passing game contributor out of the backfield. The Titans don’t have a ton of early-round draft capital, but should add another back on day three to this shallow roster.
The Titans found a gem in the second round (51st overall) last season in A.J. Brown. Brown was the eighth rookie wideout to hit 1,000 yards in his first season since 2010, and was the first of those players to do so on fewer than 100 targets (84) and 60 receptions (52). Brown ranked second in the league in yards per route run (2.67) behind Michael Thomas as a rookie.
Behind Brown, Corey Davis enters 2020 in the final season of his rookie contract. The team does have the fifth-year option available to them after the season, but it’s hard to see them sinking that cost into Davis at this time coming off a 43-601-2 season and failing to reach 900 yards in any of his first three seasons. The team still has slot-man Adam Humphries under control through 2022 and then the depth takes a hit. Tennessee should be looking to add Davis’ replacement and depth to the roster.
The Titans are bringing back all of their significant contributors at tight end after losing Delanie Walker for the season in Week 7 last year. Over their final 12 games played (including the postseason), Jonnu Smith was second on the team behind Brown with 32 receptions and four touchdown receptions. But all of Smith, Pruitt and Firkser enter 2020 in the final year of their contracts. Both Smith and Pruitt will become unrestricted free agents after the season, while Firkser will be a restricted free agent.
LT: Taylor Lewan/David Quessenberry
LG: Rodger Saffold/Daniel Munyer
C: Ben Jones/Jamil Douglas
RG: Nate Davis/Avery Gennesy
RT: Dennis Kelly/Ty Sambrailo*
The Titans are returning four of their five starters from a year ago. After losing right tackle Jack Conklin via free agency, the team retained veteran Dennis Kelly, who has started 16 games for the Titans over the past four years, and brought in veteran Ty Sambrailo. From Taylor Lewan over to that right tackle spot, the Titans have all of their linemen under contract through at least the 2021 season.
Tennessee Titans Defense
by Dan Pizzuta
2019 Tennessee Titans Defensive Ranks
interior defensive line
Joey Ivie IV
Tennessee traded away Jurrel Casey and while part of that was about a big cap hit for the veteran, it was also a vote of confidence in the health and development of last year’s first-round pick Jeffery Simmons, who played in nine games and started seven in 2019. DaQuan Jones was good against the run, but without Casey, there’s little pass rush here pending Simmons’s improvement.
Harold Landry had a strong season, though he ranked just 48th of 112 edge rushers with at least 200 pass rushes in pressure rate per SIS. The Titans signed Vic Beasley to a one-year deal, but it’s hard to view that as a “prove-it” deal since we have a pretty good idea of what Beasley is, which is not an impact edge rusher. There continue to be rumors of Jadeveon Clowney interest, which would certainly help this group add an impact player.
Jayon Brown followed up a great 2018 season with another standout season in 2019. His 2018 breakout came mostly as a pass rusher with 10 quarterback hits. He took to coverage in 2019 with eight passes defensed. He now has 18 over the past three seasons. Rashaan Evans wasn’t much of a coverage backer but he was able to defend the run quite well in the middle of the defense. The Titans spent a lot of time in nickel and dime packages last season, which limited the amount they relied on a heavy rotation of linebackers.
By Adjusted Yards allowed per coverage snap, which factors in touchdowns and interceptions, both Jackson and Butler were around average starting corners last season. Jackson has developed his speed into good coverage ability, though his passes defensed have dropped from 17 to 10 to six over the past three seasons. Tennessee needs another corner given how often they’re in nickel and dime and there’s no good option as a No.3 whether that player would spend more time outside or in the slot, where Logan Ryan spent most of his time last season.
Kevin Byard is one of the league’s best safeties and his high level of play continued in 2019. Kenny Vaccaro split his time between the box and free safety but did his best work closer to the line of scrimmage. If the Titans want to keep Vaccaro there often, Amani Hooker could be a good third safety who can play deep. Hooker was a fourth-round rookie last season.