One of the best parts of every NFL Draft is there part towards the end where they play all of the clips of Mel Kiper doing weird stuff over the years. We give him a hard time, but the man pretty much invented the draft media space, and the fact that he has been doing it on ESPN for more than 2 decades is really pretty crazy. He puts in a lot of work and sticks to his evaluations. You have to respect that about him.
Kiper puts out a big post at the end of every draft grading all 32 teams. How he has the energy to do that after being on TV for all of that time is beyond me. He gave the Titans a C+ for their draft efforts. We all know that is wrong, but I’m not surprised because he didn’t like the Isaiah Wilson pick in the first round.
Here is what Kiper had to say about Jon Robinson’s 2020 Titans draft class:
The Titans made a surprise run to the AFC title game last season, taking down the Patriots and Ravens on the way, and they did it with an efficient quarterback, bruising running game and steady but unspectacular defense. Well, their first-round pick is clearly designed to continue that offensive trend in 2020. Offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson (29) was a little bit of a reach, but I see the traits that put him at the end of Round 1, even if I question whether he could start right away over Dennis Kelly and replace Jack Conklin at right tackle. At 6-foot-6, 350 pounds, Wilson is a project, and he needs to clean up his technique, but that could come with NFL coaching.
Opinions on cornerback Kristian Fulton (61) were all over the map inside the league, but it’s decent value getting him at the end of Round 2. He is my eighth-ranked corner, just after A.J. Terrell, who went No. 16 overall. It’s a little risky, though, just because of his inconsistencies. Darrynton Evans (93) opened up some eyes at the combine with a 4.41 40-yard dash, and he could be the favorite to spell Derrick Henry as the No. 2 running back. On Day 3, Larrell Murchison (174) is just a rotational defensive tackle, and quarterback Cole McDonald (224) has a loooong delivery and will need time to fix that and adjust to the speed of the NFL. But he could be a decent backup.
I was surprised the Titans didn’t take an edge rusher, and Wilson was a reach on my board.
As always, we remind you that there is a very real possibility that they didn’t take an EDGE guy because Jadaveon Clowney is coming!