The NFL draft is finally over, and the Tennessee Titans made constant moves over all four days.
The Titans traded up three spots in Round 1 to select Rashaan Evans. The former Alabama linebacker is a great fit into the Titans scheme and will be a first year starter after the Titans let Avery Williams walk in free agency. Titans should be excited about this guy; imagine him as Tennessee’s Ryan Shazier but a little slower.
The second round was a winner as well.
The Titans traded again to move up and get one of the top- if not the top- pass rusher Harold Landry. The Boston College Eagle will fit right into the role that Orakapo or Derrick Morgan hold. Giving a third rounder to Oakland for a player that many considered a top 20 player in the draft should be something Titans fans should be able to live with.
Going into day three, the Titans were on the prowl for quality depth at key positions.
Dane Cruikshank, a versatile defensive back who figures to see time at safety was drafted by the Titans in the fifth round. His last year with the Arizona Wildcats he started 13 games, recording 75 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Cruikshank also intercepted three passes and deflected five others, while forcing one fumble.
The Titans found someone who could potentially take Johnathan Cyprien’s job in the next couple of years. Cruikshank will be a good compliment to star safety Kevin Byard.
Get ready for Cruikshank to be the starting SS on that roster. Top 50 player on my board that the Titans stole in the 5th round. https://t.co/SNaDPwEd9j
— Jonah Tuls (@JonahTulsNFL) April 29, 2018
The Titans final selection of the draft yielded Washington State quarterback Luke Falk at pick 199.
(That’s the same number that Tom Brady was drafted at 18 years ago in case you haven’t seen the fifty references to it by now.)
While the organization prays that Falk is never in position to have to replace Mariota, this pick provides insurance at the back-up position. Besides, as everyone rushes to call Tennessee the “New England of the South,” the Titans finding their own Jimmy G would be a pretty nice coup.
Overall, the Titans addressed two positions along the front seven that either had a departure this offseason or has an impending one coming due to age and salary. Though they only came away with four players in the draft, each pick seemed strategically made for winning in the future and the present.
Titans get an A- draft grade as they now have three potential starters and a cheap, solid back-up QB.