The 2021 NFL Draft is already shaping up to be a fascinating event. With the Big Ten and Pac-12 already announcing that they’re delaying their football seasons, how does that change the draft process? Both conferences have said that they plan on playing in the spring, but for a variety of reasons, that doesn’t exactly make sense.
The SEC, Big 12 and ACC seem to be taking more of a wait and see approach, holding out hope for fall football. Whatever happens, the NFL Draft must go on.
Todd McShay has taken an early stab at a 2021 mock draft today, giving us a look at what the first round could look like next year. The ESPN analyst had the Tennessee Titans picking 19th overall, and selecting LSU defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin.
Here are his thoughts on the pick.
Addressing either pass-rusher or wide receiver here would have been a reach. If Clemson receiver Justyn Ross’ health were a little more clear, he would have been in the mix. Instead, the Titans can take one of the best available players. Shelvin isn’t much of a pass-rusher — though he is better than his zero sacks suggest — but he is very stout against the run. And with DaQuan Jones signed only through 2020, Tennessee could use another run-stopper up the middle to hold it down with 2019 first-rounder Jeffery Simmons.
The Titans moved on from Jurrell Casey this offseason, banking on Jeffery Simmons becoming a big time impact player this fall. But to McShay’s point, there isn’t much behind him, and DaQuan Jones will be entering a contract year. As he also noted, both edge rusher and receiver could end up being bigger needs to fill.
We haven’t seen the Titans invest much in the nose tackle spot during the Jon Robinson era, so it’s a bit tough to see this projection coming to fruition. The 6-3, 346 pound tackle wouldn’t offer much on passing downs, which will be an obvious knock on him come draft season.
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