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Daniel Jeremiah 2017 NFL Mock Draft

A different idea at pick five.

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We’ve bounced from Mike Williams to Marshon Lattimore to Corey Davis, but now Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network has thrown Alabama’s Reuben Foster into the mix. Inside linebacker is certainly a need for the Titans. It’s a spot where the Titans are just kind of average at, but adding talent to that spot could really boost the front seven.

Foster is supremely athletic and will flat out put destroy running backs. He can go sideline to sideline with just about anyone on the field. He doesn’t have to come off the field on passing downs either. He’s athletic enough to hand in man coverage or drop into a zone. His most effective trait may be his rush ability from up the middle, however.

My favorite play of his comes back in week one of the college football season against USC. Watch Foster start from the middle of the field and meet the runner with a devastating hit. He’s just on another level athletically.

Foster likely becomes one of the starters inside, kicking Avery Williamson or Wesley Woodyard into a rotational role. He’s a clear upgrade over either of the two.

Jeremiah comes back at 18 with John Ross. I was lukewarm on Ross at the start of this process, but I’m warming up to the idea of him in this offense. He’s a rare specimen of explosive ability and would give this offense (and the return game) an entire new dimension. He’s going to force safety help, which would get them out of the box for Murray and Henry.

I’m still not sure he’s going to meet Jon Robinson’s production thresholds, however. He’s just a one year starter and didn’t do too much in his first two seasons at Washington. We’re still learning about Robinson’s tendencies, so this will be a good case study if Ross is on the board at 18.