1.5 Jamal Adams 6’1 214 SS Junior LSU
- The versatile defensive back is the latest elite talent out of the Bayou Bengal DB factory. While a strong safety by trade, he’s the type of safety that DCs build their scheme to fit the player rather than coaching the player to fit the scheme. Elite athleticism and is very well schooled in fundamentals. Work ethic and character is a major plus. Football IQ is off the charts good. The old school line of thinking is that you don’t take safeties top 5, well, this guy is worth it. The Titans select their “Eric Berry / Troy Polamalu” and be done with the safety position for the next half decade or so.
Trade (The Oakland Raiders sensing a run on OTs and partly to keep him away from rival Denver, trade up from 1.25 to select Wisconsin OT Ryan Ramcyzk)
Oakland trades: 1.25, 2.56, 2017 6th, and a 2018 third round pick
Tennessee trades: 1.18 + 2018 6th
1.25 Zach Cunningham 6’3 230 RS Junior Vanderbilt
- Cunningham is one of the best inside linebackers in the country. He's an explosive athlete that should test well at the Combine. Agility is a major plus. Hands are very good as well. A tackling machine that put up some monster stats over the course of his career. Could be moved outside or remain inside at the next level. The Titans fortify the linebacker corps further and add a player that can cover sideline to sideline.
2.56 Kevin King 6'2 193 CB Senior Washington
- - King was part of one of the more talented defenses in all of college football at Washington. He's a tall and lanky corner that scouts will love due to the recent successes of Seattle Seahawk's Legion of Boom. Fundamentally not the greatest out there but it's a coachable issue. The Titans continue their secondary upgrade here with a potential number one corner in King that could initially start off as a number two.
3.5 Isaiah "Zay" Jones 6'1 197 WR Senior ECU
- - Zay Jones had a pretty dominant showing in Mobile, making a ton of money for himself in the process with capping it off with an outstanding game. Athleticism is a plus. Excellent route runner. Hands are a plus. The latest in a trend of offensive playmakers to come out of ECU. Jones fits the recent Titans theme of drafting record breaking receivers. He had a ridiculous college career catching 409 passes for over 4300 yards, including a mind blowing 168 reception senior season.
3.19 Taylor Moton 6'5 328 OL RS Senior Western Michigan
- - Although Moton is a tackle by trade, he projects as a guard at the next level. Had a solid outing at the Senior Bowl. The Titans were rumored to meet him as well there. He's a road grader type of guard and will not hesitate to show it, either. He fits what Jon Robinson looks for in a offensive lineman: a little recruited, smart (graduated with an MBA), and tough as nails. Made Ohio State defenders look foolish in 2015 (that Buckeyes DL was no joke).
4.18 Daeshon Hall 6'5 265 DE Senior Texas A&M
- - The "other" half of a excellent pass rushing duo for the Aggies had a pretty good week in Mobile by all accounts. Work ethic and character are a plus. Made a lot of money at Ladd-Peebles. The Titans displayed a modicum of interest in him. More the merrier for an already loaded defensive line room in Nashville.
5.18 Corn Elder 5'10 179 CB Senior Miami
- - Hey, did you know that Corn Elder is from...ok, I'll stop there. Elder was one of the best defenders that the Hurricanes had in 2016. The veteran rock of the secondary beset by youth and the perpetually "rebuilding" program in general. Not the biggest or strongest guy out there but has more than enough athleticism to cobble together a decent living in the pros. Agility is a plus. Fundamentally sound in all facets of defense. The Titans replenish their corner depth here in the fifth round.
6.24 Darreus Rogers 6'1 215 WR RS Senior USC
- - While JuJu Smith-Schuster got all the headlines, Rogers was the most reliable weapon for the Trojans. He has great hands and excellent route running skills. Speed is a concern with him. Run blocking is a plus. While not the most elusive athlete, he relies on his above average football IQ and route running to get open as an outlet for the QB. The Titans hope to strike gold with yet another late round receiver with Rogers. At the very least, they upgrade the depth.
7.18 Eric Saubert 6'5 247 TE RS Senior Drake
- - A Jon Robinson small school special here. Saubert is a really small school prospect from Drake (the school, not the rapper/actor/NBA owner) that turned some heads at the East-West Shrine Game. The Titans do love some tight ends and a heir apparent to star Delanie Walker has to be found as Walker is closer to the twilight of his career than the beginning. The TE group in Nashville has to be collectively the oldest in the league and some youth needs to be infused. Why not take a shot in the 7th to do such a thing?