We are continuing our “By the Numbers” series today on the Tennessee Titans 2021 draft class. We looked at Caleb Farley yesterday. Today, we’re looking at the team’s second round pick, North Dakota State offensive tackle Dillon Radunz.
I like this pick. The Titans were thin at right tackle after releasing Dennis Kelly. They brought in free agent Kendall Lamm and re-signed swing tackle Ty Sambrailo. Neither player should be viewed as a long term answer at right tackle. Radunz should get every chance to compete with Lamm and Sambrailo for the starting job.
Highest-graded offensive players at the Senior Bowl— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 31, 2021
1. Kellen Mond, A&M QB: 91.1
2. Dillon Radunz, NDSU OT: 83.4
3. Michael Carter, UNC RB: 80.3
4. Shi Smith, SC WR: 73.4
5. Robert Hainsey, ND G: 71.9 pic.twitter.com/vrahUr79Nc
I’m a big Radunz guy. He’s a football player through and through. The following quote was taken from an interview Radunz did with The Draft Network:
“I had a lot of fun at this year’s Senior Bowl. I only got to play one game during the 2020 season because of Covid-19. I’m used to playing a full season and being a little banged up around this time of year. I was fresh when I got down to Mobile. I’m stronger than I’ve ever been right now. I was able to work and train with NFL legend Joe Staley. I had a relaxed, fresh mindset and a strong, healthy body.
All of that stuff helped me out going into the week at the Senior Bowl. I was obviously a little nervous to play against the top competition in the nation after so much time off. Once I suited up and had those first few practice reps, I was ready to go. It was fun.
That’s the only way I can describe it. After the first practice was in the books, I immediately grabbed my phone and texted my agent, “Man, that was fun.” I was glad to get back into it. I missed it so much. I only got one week of it. I can’t wait to get back into it this coming fall or summer if there’s a rookie mini-camp.” I have no doubt that Radunz blew away the Titans staff during his Zoom interviews.
Radunz is an excellent athlete. That’s one of the first things that jumped out at me on tape. The Titans ask a lot of their offensive lineman from an athletic perspective. Their zone-blocking scheme demands their O-lineman to move well. Radunz is that kind of player. I love the fit prospect-to-team match here. The testing results showcased the type of athlete Radunz is, and the film backs it up.
Dillon Radunz was drafted with pick 53 of round 2 in the 2021 draft class. He scored a 9.28 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 83 out of 1143 OT from 1987 to 2021. https://t.co/rvbOqdsIrJ #RAS #Titans pic.twitter.com/3LL6RGl560— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) May 1, 2021
Radunz will need to bulk up a bit at the next level, and the Titans will ask him to play on the right side of the line. Radunz was a left tackle throughout his time at North Dakota State, so there will be a bit of an adjustment here.
Let’s take a deeper look into how PFF graded Radunz throughout the 2019 season.
Games played: 16
Offensive snaps played: 930
Pass block snaps played: 349
Run snaps played: 581
Sacks allowed: 0 (!!)
Hits allowed: 1
Hurries allowed: 10
Overall grade: 77.7
I’m of the opinion that the Titans have found their long term solution at right tackle in Radunz. Leave your thoughts in the comments.