With two really good shots at top selections in next year's NFL Draft, Titans fans should get familiar with some of the top names in consideration this season. As we start the college football season, let's get to know some of the top prospects that Jon Robinson could select next Spring.
1. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
The Titans are not taking Deshaun Watson, I'm aware. But Watson is going to be the driving force of this class. You'll see fanbases starting up "suck for Luck" type campaigns. Keep in mind that the Titans have two first round picks -- both of which belong to teams who shouldn't be challenging for a playoff slot. If Jon Robinson were to fall into the number one pick again, there's a 100 percent he gets his "king's ransom" again.
2. Myles Garrett, EDGE, Texas A&M
If Tennessee picks highly enough, adding another pass rusher has to be considered. The depth chart is suddenly crowded with Orakpo, Morgan, Mount, Dodd and Bass, but you're probably not passing on Myles Garrett for any of those guys. He has the length, athleticism and production to be a top three guy. If you want a deeper look at Garrett, I broke him down early this summer.
3. Tim Williams, EDGE, Alabama
Garrett gets all the attention, but Tim Williams came on strong in a limited role last season for Alabama. He really popped at the end of last season and in all honesty probably should have declared in a weak edge class. Now he's a Senior and will likely get an expanded role within the defense. Williams doesn't quite have the frame of Garrett, but he's more explosive, twitchy and violent. Don't be surprised if Williams ascends past Garrett this season.
4. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
After the Dorial Green-Beckham trade the Titans are suddenly in the market for another receiver. Tajae Sharpe and Rishard Matthew look like the two constants going foward, but Kendall Wright is an upcoming free agent. I'm not counting on Harry Douglas, Andre Johnson or Justin Hunter sticking around too much longer. If I had to guess right this second, I'd say a wide receiver would currently be one of Jon Robinson's first round picks right now.
Smith-Schuster appears to be one of those top options. The 6-2, 220 pounder nearly put up 1,500 yards last season, scoring ten touchdowns in the process. He's a dynamic threat -- and if he repeats those numbers he's going to be all over Jon Robinson's radar come Spring 2017.
5. Jabrill Peppers, DB, Michigan
The do-it-all Peppers has the draft community split on where his best position might be. He's played a lot of safety, a little corner, some linebacker and even some offense. He's what the NFL wants right now -- versatile. He's an instinctive player with some range and great size. Expect Peppers to be all over the field for Jim Harbaugh this fall.
6. Desmond King, CB, Iowa
If I had to guess right now who the Titans would take next Spring, it would be King. With the issues that we have already seen boiling over in the secondary, cornerback is going to have to be considered. King could have been a first round pick this season, but returned for his senior season. The Hawkeye had eight picks last season, a stat that should jump off the page to the metrics crowd. The only thing that could hold him back is his average long speed -- which will probably be totally overblown.
7. Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida
I was hesitant to list Tabor, but the Titans will be in the corner market. He's a bit of a knucklehead, just judging by his twitter account. He's been suspended for the opener against UMass for a practice fight, so that doesn't help his already hurting reputation. On the field, Tabor will take over the Gator's #1 cornerback spot. His size and athletic ability have already generated some top ten buzz, but he'll need to prove he's stable enough off the field to capitalize. My gut tells me that Jon Robinson would want no part of this guy.
8. Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
If you don't know Corey Davis yet, that's okay. He plays for Western Michigan so you're probably not going to hear too much about him on ESPN. However, this is one of the most productive and explosive receivers in all of college football. Back to back 1,400 yard seasons have caught the attention of scouts everywhere. Davis actually ranks first on Pro Football Focus' wide receiver rankings. Davis may come from a small school, but he could certainly land in the first round next year if he plays his cards right.
9. Rueben Foster, ILB, Alabama
Inside linebacker probably doesn't get discussed enough as a need. Wesley Woodyard is signed through next season, but is a potential cut after 2016. Avery Williamson has shown promise, but he's had his fair share of bumps in the road. Foster is taking the spot of Reggie Ragland in 'Bama's 3-4 front, so you know he's going to get plenty exposure nationally. He should fill Ragland's shoes nicely, becoming the next big time linebacker prospect in the process. With two first round picks and plenty of ammo, I wouldn't rule out a linebacker being drafted highly by Jon Robinson.
10. Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
Some would argue that Tankersley was the better Clemson corner last season. I can get on board with that. Every time I watched Mackensie Alexander last season, Tankersley popped. He posted five interceptions last year in his first full season as a starter. He's got the length at 6-1 to rise in the draft process as teams try to find the next big physical corner. I expect him to rise throughout the season.