Every year Todd McShay and Mel Kiper put out a dueling mock draft. Why? I’m not really sure, but they have done it today (In$ider). They have similar picks for the Titans at 5 and 18, but they don’t agree on the exact player.
Kiper has the Titans going with the current chalk pick for the Titans- Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State. His comments:
The Titans would probably be thrilled at the chance to pick the draft's No. 1 corner. Lattimore is an athletic phenom who doesn't have a ton of experience. He ran a 4.36 40 and had a 38½-inch vertical at the combine, but he started just one season for the Buckeyes. This could be a spot where a team like Cleveland tries to trade up to take the top quarterback.
McShay has joined #TeamHooker. He has the Titans taking Malik Hooker, S, Ohio Sate with the 5th pick. His comments:
I'll go with a different Buckeye defensive back. Tennessee added Johnathan Cyprien in free agency, but he's more of a run-stuffer. Hooker can provide the speed, range and elite ball skills the Titans need in the deep middle of the field. I also wouldn't completely rule out LB Haason Reddick with this pick. There's a growing sentiment that he'll be off the board by the time Tennessee picks again in Round 1 at No. 18 overall.
At 18 both guys have the Titans picking a receiver. Kiper has them taking Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan:
Davis, who had 331 catches for 5,278 yards and 52 touchdowns in his collegiate career, would immediately become Marcus Mariota's top target. The Titans like 2016 fifth-round pick Tajae Sharpe, but he's not a true No. 1 receiver. If Tennessee doesn't take a cornerback at No. 5, this could be the place for one -- it's a deep class.
McShay also goes receiver, but with Mike Williams, WR, Clemson:
The Titans didn't upgrade their WR depth chart in free agency, but with two first-round picks, they'll have ample opportunity to do so in late April. While Williams will need to expand his route tree at the next level, he's an elite WR when the ball is in the air.
Honestly, I would be perfectly happy with either of these drafts. While I prefer Davis over Williams, I will take McShay’s version of the draft because I have fallen in love with Malik Hooker.
Which draft do you prefer?