Mel Kiper has put out his 3rd 2017 NFL mock draft (In$ider). Kiper has the Titans going with Marshon Lattimore at 5 and John Ross at 18. This is becoming one of the more popular scenarios for the Titans across the mock draft community. I have to admit that I don’t hate it.
Here is what Kiper had to say about the Lattimore pick:
In Lattimore, the Titans would get the top cornerback in the draft with the first of their two picks in the top 18. Yes, they gave former Patriots corner Logan Ryan $16 million guaranteed in free agency, but they need bodies. Plus, longtime starter Jason McCourty turns 30 in August and is a free agent in 2018, so Tennessee could move on with a ready-made replacement. Lattimore (6-0, 193) is an athletic phenom who doesn't have a ton of experience -- he ran a 4.36 40 and had a 38.5-inch vertical at the combine, but he started just one season for the Buckeyes.
On talent alone Lattimore is the best corner in this draft, but as is the case with a lot of the guys in this draft, there are injury concerns with Lattimore...but that ceiling is hard to ignore.
And Kiper on the Ross pick:
Don't you think Marcus Mariota would be elated with this pick? He'd get a true field-stretcher in Ross, whose 4.22 40 broke the combine record. That's something the Titans' offense sorely lacks. Ross (5-11, 188) produces, too -- he had 81 catches for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns last season. Tennessee has drafted a good, young core on offense, and it could also target a cornerback or linebacker here and with the No. 5 overall pick.
Again, there are injury concerns here, but was we talked about on MCM Radio last night (listen here), Ross brings an element to the Titans offense that it is currently missing. He makes more sense for this team than Mike Williams.
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