By most accounts, the Tennessee Titans have had a productive offseason, building off a roster that has won nine games in back to back seasons. Jon Robinson made a couple of splash signings over the offseason, adding wide receiver Adam Humphries and guard Rodger Saffold into the mix, while solidifying the pass rush with Cameron Wake.
Robinson came back in the draft to add defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons, receiver A.J. Brown and guard Nate Davis on the first two days in Nashville. Overall, needs were addressed and the Titans appear poised to make another run at a playoff push this fall.
In an article posted over at Bleacher Report, Kristopher Knox was tasked with assigning each team one offseason regret. For the Titans, it was the selection of Jeffery Simmons with the 19th overall pick. Here’s Knox on the pick.
The reason the Titans could come to regret their gamble on Simmons is that they passed on premier receiving prospects like Noah Fant, Marquise Brown and N’Keal Harry to get him. Tennessee did add A.J. Brown in Round 2, but it could have added, say, Fant and A.J. or Marquise and A.J. at the top of the draft instead.
This is notable because quarterback Marcus Mariota is in the final year of his rookie deal—and the Titans still don’t know if he’s franchise material. The selection of Simmons does nothing to help Mariota prove himself in what could be his final year to do so.
Knox’s argument would have made sense if the Titans didn’t add Adam Humphries in free agency and A.J. Brown in the second round of the NFL Draft. With the way the draft shook out, Jon Robinson — and just about everyone else — saw that the value was on day two for this receiver class. Robinson had his pick of a handful of receivers with the 51st selection, with Brown coming out on top.
As for Simmons, sure, the Titans are going to have to be patient with him this season. It’s going to be difficult to wait to watch your first round pick play, but Robinson was playing the long game with this pick. Will we be thinking of this as a regret in three years? That remains to be seen. But it’s tough to argue with the value of getting a guy like Simmons in the back half of the first round.
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