We have talking endlessly about how crazy it is to grade a draft before the players have every played in an NFL game. We have also talked about how we can’t help ourselves from looking around to see how the Titans draft was graded by people on the internet. That is why we have this post.
I really like what Jon Robinson has been able to do so far in this draft. He waited to take a corner in the second round and ended up with a guy that most people thought would go in the top 40. There are some off the field concerns with Kristian Fulton, but the Titans have built a culture that will help him there.
The Darryton Evans pick is an excellent one. He gives the Titans some a much needed compliment to Derrick Henry while adding some speed to the offense. He looks to be a huge upgrade over Dion Lewis.
Here are some grades for the Titans work on night 2 of the NFL draft:
Chris Trapasso CBS Sports (2nd round):
Grade: A. Unreal he was still available. Routinely finds the football. Zone or mirroring in man. Ultra-twitchy. Crazy instincts. Great long speed too. Checks all the boxes on the field. A tad small. Smart for Tennessee to keep building the secondary.
Grade: B-. Evans is a zone runner with one-cut ability and serious explosion for a thick, compact runner. Elusiveness and contact balance are NFL average. Vision is outstanding. Nice depth (and insurance?) behind Derrick Henry.
Grade: A+ Behind Malcolm Butler and Adoree’ Jackson, the Titans fill a major void at cornerback with Logan Ryan unsigned. They get a player who had first-round potential, much like the Cowboys’ earlier pick of Diggs. Fulton (6-0, 197 pounds) has the size, speed, smarts and sound coverage skills to have a long, prosperous career, which is why he felt confident enough to pull out of the Senior Bowl.
Grade: A The Titans needed to have a better backup plan behind Derrick Henry after moving on from Dion Lewis. Evans (5-10, 203 pounds) is the perfect No. 2 for them (and a strong contingency should a long-term deal with Henry not work out for some reason). He is an explosive change of pace who can be an asset as a receiver and return man. Although he’s not meant to be a bruiser between the tackles, better suited to zip into the open field, Evans is also underrated as a finishing power back.
Listen to Terry and I break down these picks on MCM Radio: