Mel Kiper and Todd McShay churn out the draft content. It is a 365 day a year job for them. That can’t be easy, especially in the last few days leading up to the actual draft- which is where we find ourselves now. Today they released a “dueling mock” (In$ider) where they alternated picks. Kiper has the odd number picks and McShay has the evens.
That means that Kiper made the first pick for the Titans, and he, for some crazy reason, went with Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama with the 5th pick. Foster wasn’t really an option at 5 for the Titans before all of the off the field issues popped up, and I can’t imagine any scenario where is the pick now. This isn’t Jason Wolf taking an offensive lineman with the 18th pick bad, because nothing could be, but this is pretty bad. Here are Kiper’s comments on the pick:
I thought about receiver here, but Foster is too good to pass up, even with his off-field issues. Tennessee could win the AFC South in 2017 if its defense improves.
McShay had the Titans at 18 and went with David Njoku, TE, Miami. I don’t hate that pick there though I would prefer John Ross. Here are McShay’s comments:
Since there were no trades in this mock draft, the Titans don’t have another pick until the 3rd round. That is pick #83 and was made by Kiper. He had the Titans selecting Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan. Darboh may end up being a good receiver, but there is no shot the Titans make 3 picks without one of them being a cornerback.
The final pick in this mock for the Titans was #100. That means McShay is up again. He goes with Dorian Johnson, OG, Pittsburgh. That’s 4 picks without a cornerback. I don’t doubt that the Titans would like to upgrade at guard, but they aren’t doing it before they get some help in the defensive backfield.