Todd McShay has released his third mock draft of the 2020 NFL draft season this morning. He changed his pick for the Titans in this one giving them Andrew Thomas, the offensive tackle from Georgia. This pick, of course, is based on the presumption that Jack Conklin will leave the Titans in free agency.
This pick is really interesting for the Titans. We know right now that they need an EDGE rusher, but this isn’t a good draft for those guys- especially when you are picking 29th. Past that we assume they are going to need a right tackle because Conklin is most likely going to leave. They would need to re-sign Dennis Kelly in that scenario to compete with a draft pick in camp.
They could also need a corner if Logan Ryan doesn’t come back, and it sounds less and less likely that he will be back.
The point in all of this is that right now we really don’t know what the Titans will need when the draft finally arrives, but it does seem right now that a right tackle will be in play.
Here are McShay’s comments on the pick:
The Titans’ offensive line allowed 56 sacks (third most in the NFL) in 2019, and now Jack Conklin is looking as if he won’t be back. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was a revelation for the Titans last season, but Tennessee can improve the protection around him. Sure, Tennessee has other issues to consider: Running back (Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins), linebacker (Murray), cornerback (Auburn’s Noah Igbinoghene) and tight end (Kmet) could all be positions to watch depending on what happens with this month’s free-agency period. But it also has no choice but to do something about the line. Thomas is a powerful tackle with natural ability, and if developed properly, he could go a long way toward cleaning up the team’s pass protection.