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Todd McShay 2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

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It’s that time.

NCAA Football: Wyoming at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

It’s December and the Tennessee Titans are still playing games that matter. That’s a good thing, but let’s not forget — draft season (the most wonderful time of year) is just around the corner.

As a reminder to all, ESPN’s Todd McShay released his first mock draft of the season today. He had the Titans going defense, taking a cornerback.

The player is Iowa’s Josh Jackson. Here’s what McShay had to say.

The Titans have spent a lot of recent draft capital on the offensive side of the ball, so I'm looking defense here. They need an edge rusher, but there isn't one to match the spot, so I'll look to the secondary. Adoree' Jackson has looked the part, but Tennessee needs more help on the outside. Josh Jackson is a long CB with natural cover ability and tremendous ball skills. He flashed with three INTs against Ohio State.

To McShay’s credit, Jackson is a guy that likely checks all of GM Jon Robinson’s boxes. He’s 6-1 and has registered seven interceptions this season. As McShay noted, three of those came against Ohio State alone. You probably remember this one-handed pick if you followed college football at all this season.

2017 was the junior cornerback’s first full season of playing time and he didn’t disappoint.

We’ve all kind of assumed that the Titans will take a pass rusher with this pick, but as McShay said, the board didn’t really allow one here. Adding another big time corner to pair with Adoree Jackson isn’t a bad way to go here.

That obviously shifts the focus to LeShaun Sims, who has been up and down this year. I think the Titans could upgrade there, while keeping Logan Ryan in the slot. In today’s NFL, you better have four capable corners. This would give the Titans just that, likely replacing Brice McCain in the process.

Two guys that McShay passed on here that could be fits are Washington nose tackle Vita Vea and Alabama safety Ronnie Harrison.