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2017 Tennessee Titans Big Board: Ranking the Top 50 Prospects Based on Needs and Role

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Draft. Week. Is. Here. Hallelujah! It’s finally time to learn what was smoke and what was real. It’s finally time to learn what Jon Robinson is going to do with those two 1st round picks. With the draft just days away, I’ve finalized my Titans specific big board.

This is what I would use if I were the Titans General Manager. Note: I’ve left off obvious players that don’t fit what the Titans need. This includes top quarterbacks, bell-cow running backs and top tier offensive tackles. The Titans aren’t going to pick Mitchell Trubisky, Leonard Fournette or Cam Robinson, so I left them off the board. Keep that in mind here.

This is a true needs-based board. I’ve also listed what role the prospect would fill, along with who he would be replacing or taking snaps from. Hopefully this is a useful tool for you on days one and two of the draft.

This has actually become an annual thing for me. This is my 3rd board I’ve posted on MCM, which is pretty amazing. Time flies. I was only comfortable ranking 50 players this year — draftnik-ing is a lot harder with a baby in the house. Anyways, you can take a look back at my last two boards below.

View the 2015 version of this board here.

View the 2016 version of this board here.

*Injury issues

**Character concerns

(I don’t have access to medicals or the ability to research in depth into a player’s past. This is simply a grade of talent. Medicals or off the field issues will not be reflected in these rankings, outside of Sidney Jones -- who we know is likely to miss all of 2017)

Lambert’s 2017 Titans Specific Big Board

Rank Player Position School Titans Visit/Workout Replacing/Taking Snaps From Titans Role
Rank Player Position School Titans Visit/Workout Replacing/Taking Snaps From Titans Role
1 Myles Garrett EDGE Texas A&M None reported Orakpo/Morgan Primary pass rusher.
2 Malik Hooker* FS Ohio State None reported Rashad Johnson Centerfield safety. Turnover creator.
3 Marshon Lattimore* CB Ohio State Official 30 visit Jason McCourty Outside CB1. Lockdown guy.
4 Corey Davis* WR Western Michigan Official 30 visit Tajae Sharpe WR1. Does a bit of everything.
5 Reuben Foster** ILB Alabama Official 30 visit Wesley Woodyard Do it all MLB. Lots of inside rush opportunities.
6 Jamal Adams SS LSU Official 30 visit Da'Norris Searcy Box safety. Man up TE, play some deep.
7 John Ross* WR Washington Official 30 visit Wright/Sharpe Matchup WR. Slot/outside capable.
8 Tim Williams** EDGE Alabama None reported Morgan/Dodd Rotational rusher. Heir to Orakpo/Morgan.
9 Christian McCaffrey OW Stanford Combine meeting Wright/Andrews/Weems Slot WR. Returner. RB2 post-Murray. Playmaker.
10 Mike Williams WR Clemson Official 30 visit Tajae Sharpe WR1. Physical jumpball receiver.
11 Solomon Thomas EDGE Stanford None reported Morgan/Dodd Odd fit. Rotational rusher early, takes Morgan's role later.
12 Haason Reddick ILB Temple Official 30 visit Wesley Woodyard Do it all MLB. Occational pass rusher.
13 Gareon Conley CB Ohio State Official 30 visit Jason McCourty Outside CB2. Matchup guy on vertical threats.
14 OJ Howard TE Alabama Official 30 visit Anthony Fasano Do it all TE. Blocker and seam speed. Heir to Walker.
15 Derek Barnett EDGE Tennessee Local visit Morgan/Dodd Rotational rusher. Heir to Orakpo/Morgan.
16 David Njoku TE Miami Workout Anthony Fasano Pass catching TE. Jumpball winner. Heir to Walker.
17 Tre'Davious White CB LSU None reported Jason McCourty CB2 with slot capability.
18 Takk McKinley* EDGE UCLA None reported Morgan/Dodd Rotational rusher. Heir to Orakpo/Morgan.
19 Caleb Brantley 5T Florida None reported Jones/Klug Rotational 34DE. Future starter.
20 Jonathan Allen* 5T Alabama Official 30 visit Jones/Klug Rotational 34DE. Nickel DT.
21 Taco Charlton EDGE Michigan Pro day workout Morgan/Dodd Rotational rusher. Heir to Orakpo/Morgan.
22 Kevin King CB Washington None reported Jason McCourty Big, long CB2 with ball skills.
23 Forrest Lamp OG Western Kentucky None reported Josh Kline Immediate starter at right guard.
24 Adore Jackson SCB USC Official 30 visit Brice McCain Nickel corner. Immediate return threat.
25 Evan Engram WR Ole Miss None reported Wright/Sharpe Big slot. Matchup guy that will win in the seams.
26 Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama None reported Jason McCourty Physical CB2 that will shine in run support.
27 Charles Harris EDGE Missouri Workout Kevin Dodd Rotational rusher.
28 Chidobe Awuzie SCB Colorado Official 30 visit Brice McCain Nickel with some outside ability.
29 Budda Baker FS Washington None reported Rashad Johnson Free safety that could double as a nickel.
30 Curtis Samuel OW Ohio State None reported Wright/Andrews Slot WR. Former RB that could handle a few carries.
31 Marcus Williams FS Utah None reported Rashad Johnson Centerfield safety.
32 Zach Cunningham ILB Vanderbilt Pro day Wesley Woodyard Athletic, agile linebacker that wouldn't come off the field.
33 Carlos Henderson WR Louisiana Tech None reported Wright/Sharpe WR2 with upside. Ball in space type. Return capable.
34 Quincy Wilson CB Florida None reported Brice McCain Big nickel. Hard to trust deep, but a nice short area player.
35 Tarel Basham EDGE Ohio None reported Kevin Dodd Rotational rusher.
36 Pat Elflein OG/C Ohio State None reported Josh Kline Immediate starter at right guard. Backup center.
37 Chris Godwin WR Penn State Official 30 visit Tajae Sharpe Downfield threat. Potential WR1 in time.
38 Juju Smith-Schuster WR USC None reported Tajae Sharpe High end WR2, similar to Rishard Matthews.
39 Derek Rivers EDGE Youngstown None reported Kevin Dodd Rotational rusher. Starter down the road.
40 Sidney Jones* CB Washington None reported Jason McCourty Redshirt 2017. Immediate CB1 in 2018 if healthy.
41 Raekwon McMillan ILB Ohio State None reported Avery Williamson Big, strong ILB that may put Williamson out of a job.
42 ArDarius Stewart WR Alabama Pro day Sharpe/Wright/Douglas Dynamic receiver, inside or out. Big play speed.
43 Carl Lawson EDGE Auburn None reported Kevin Dodd Rotational rusher.
44 TJ Watt EDGE Wisconsin None reported Kevin Dodd Rotational rusher. Could even see time inside.
45 Malik McDowell 5T Michigan State None reported Jones/Klug Rotational 34DE. Developmental type.
46 Jarrad Davis ILB Florida None reported Williamson/Woodyard Immediate depth that could push for a starting role.
47 Josh Jones SS NC State Workout Da'Norris Searcy Aggressive strong safety. Can play the run and the pass.
48 Chris Wormley 5T Michigan Pro day Jones/Klug Depth with upside on the DL.
49 Obi Melifonwu DB Connecticut Workout Da'Norris Searcy Probably immediate SS. Athlete with room to develop.
50 Cordrea Tankersly CB Clemson None reported Jason McCourty Pressing outside corner.
2017 Titans Big Board