In his last mock draft before free agency begins, ESPN’s Todd McShay is projecting a familiar name to the Tennessee Titans. McShay has Miami edge rusher Jaelan Phillips coming off of the board to Tennessee at pick 22, filling an obvious need for the team.
Phillips was also the projected pick from Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft. Here’s McShay’s thoughts on the selection.
Tennessee absolutely has to address the pass-rush problem. Teams with Super Bowl hopes can’t finish No. 30 in the league in sacks with 19, especially considering four of those came in Week 17 against a bad Houston offensive line. They can’t have zero players reach six sacks and just one record more than three. Phillips had eight last season at Miami, and his suddenness would give opponents something to worry about off the edge.
Phillips is a former top overall recruit who signed with UCLA as a five-star prospect. He transferred to Miami for his final season of college football, where he was able to get home for eight sacks. The 6-5, 266 pound prospect would form a nice young duo with Harold Landry for Tennessee, who likely will also be adding a veteran body to that rotation in free agency.
McShay’s mock saw three consecutive edge prospects come off of the board, with the Colts landing Gregory Rousseau, the Titans taking Phillips, and the Jets taking Azeez Ojulari.
Like Kiper’s mock, McShay projected some trades in his latest projection. The Panthers jumped up to No. 3 to take Justin Fields after trading with the Dolphins, while Miami slid back and still landed Devonta Smith with the eighth pick. The 49ers also moved up in a projected trade with the Broncos to grab Alabama quarterback Mac Jones.
NFL free agency officially opens on March 17th. After that, we should have a pretty good idea of what position Robinson is leaning towards with the 22nd pick.