Grading the Draft - Tennessee Titans

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The Titans entered the draft looking for front-seven help. They left the draft with four solid prospects who all could make the active roster this September.

Round 1 (No. 22 overall): Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

Round 2 (No. 41): Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College

Round 5 (No. 152): Dane Cruikshank, S, Arizona

Round 6 (No. 199): Luke Falk, QB, Washington State

UDFA: Austin Barnard, P, Samford; Cameron Batson, WR, Texas Tech; Deontay Burnett, WR, USC; Nick DeLuca, LB, North Dakota State; Matt Dickerson, DE, UCLA; Nico Falah, OL, USC;  Elijaah Goins, CB, Ohio State; Joshua Kalu, DB, Nebraska; J.T. Luper, WR, Central Oklahoma; Jordan Veasy, WR, Cal; Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa

The Titans targeted Leighton Vander Esch in the first round, but the team went to its contingency plan and selected Rashaan Evans after Vander Esch was scooped off the board by Dallas. The Alabama senior is a disciplined, three-down linebacker who does the little things well. He won’t wow anyone on film, but he won’t make mental errors on the field either.

The tumble of Harold Landry finally ended after the Titans traded up and grabbed him with the 41st pick. During radio interviews before the draft as well as on Twitter the night of the draft, I alerted people to the reasons why Landry was dropping. They included injuries, the concern that he will be a liability against the run and the fact Landry did not come across well during interviews. The bottom line is that Landry can rush the passer, and if he stays healthy and the Titans put him in a position to succeed, he will do well.

Dane Cruickshank was good value in Round 5. He’s an athletic defensive back who can line up at corner or safety and has big upside.

Luke Falk was another solid last-day pick. I’m surprised he fell into the sixth round, but Falk could be a solid backup who could eventually start at the next level if given an opportunity.

Though the team did not draft a much-needed receiver, the signing of UDFA Deontay Burnett could be a nice addition as a fifth wideout.

Analysis: Four selections will only get you so far, but the Titans made the most of all four picks. Evans and Landry could develop into starters during the first year while Cruikshank will be a situational player who should also contribute as a rookie. Grade: B-