Following the NFL Combine, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has released his third mock draft of the season — and it’s a new name (at least in mock drafts) for the Tennessee Titans. We’ve seen tight ends, defensive linemen, pass rushers and receivers mocked to the Titans so far. But McShay went a different route.
The pick: Garrett Bradbury, Center, N.C. State
I think Bradbury is the best, most NFL-ready interior offensive lineman in the class. Ben Jones has played guard before, so the Titans could move him over and slide Bradbury in at center to drastically improve this unit. He has some athleticism and power in the middle.
Bradbury had a really nice combine performance, showing off his outstanding movement skills and agility. He’s an ideal fit in a zone-blocking scheme. With so much uncertainty on the Titans’ offensive line, adding Bradbury makes a lot of sense.
We don’t know what’s going to happen with guard Quinton Spain. Ben Jones, as McShay mentioned, is an option to take his spot. That is, if the Titans can find a replacement at the center position. Bradbury would certainly be that, adding a lot of athletic ability to the offensive front.
We talk a lot about surrounding Marcus Mariota with talent, but that goes for the offensive line as well. That unit found their way late in 2018, but they were far too inconsistent as a whole last year. If we’re going to find out who Mariota is in 2019, you better upgrade the interior offensive line — along with adding some veteran receivers.