Mel Kiper has re-graded the 2017 NFL draft for every NFL team (In$ider). While grading a draft a year later is less insane than grading a draft right after it ends, it is still pretty silly. Especially when you look at this Titans’ class because the #1 guy, Corey Davis, missed a lot of the season with a hamstring injury.
In a rare case of Kiper being rational, he is actually being rational with his grade for the Titans. He gave them a B. Here were his comments:
No. 5 overall pick Corey Davis dealt with hamstring issues and played in only 11 regular-season games, catching 34 passes for 375 yards with no touchdowns. His 3.4 yards after catch ranked last among all rookie receivers, and he seemed to struggled to connect with Mariota at times. Davis looked better in the playoffs, catching two touchdown passes, so maybe the lightbulb has switched on. Third-round picks Jonnu Smith and Taywan Taylor combined for 34 catches and three touchdowns but weren’t integral parts of the offense.
The bright spots came on defense. I thought Adoree’ Jackson was a reach at No. 18, but he started every game at cornerback and broke up 16 passes. He also returned kicks and punts and even played 12 snaps on offense. Fifth-round pick Jayon Brown contributed 51 tackles and 1.5 sacks as a rotational player.
This group can and should be much better in 2018.
This group WILL be much better in 2018. Davis showed what he is capable of in the playoff game against the Patriots when he caught 5 passes for 63 yards and 2 touchdowns. He is going to be a breakout star in 2018.
And the other thing, don’t give up on Taywan Taylor. Everyone wants the Titans to sign every slot receiver that becomes available. There is a reason Jon Robinson took Taylor in the 3rd round. We will see that reason when he is actually a part of a 21st century offense.