After stealing a first-round pick from the Los Angeles Rams in last year’s draft, the Tennessee Titans are a team that can own this year’s draft. Holders of the fifth and 18th pick, and on the verge of being a playoff team, the Titans can push themselves over the top with the right picks.
In the SB Nation NFL writers mock draft – where bloggers from each of our team sites make the pick – Jimmy Morris of Music City Miracles takes a stab at Tennessee’s first selection and fills a big need.
5. Titans: Marshon Lattimore
Morris: The Titans could go pretty much anywhere on the defensive side of the ball with this pick, but their biggest hole is cornerback, even after signing Logan Ryan in free agency. This is a very deep draft at corner, but Marshon Lattimore is clearly the cream of the crop. His tape shows the ability to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage and stay with a top-flight receiver on a go route.
Combine Lattimore with the additions of Ryan and Johnathan Cyprien in free agency, and Jon Robinson has done a really nice job rebuilding the Titans secondary. This frees them up to focus on getting a playmaker for Marcus Mariota with their No. 18 pick.
Analysis: This pick is all about value consideration and risk. The value determination is whether or not you rank Lattimore higher than wide receivers Corey Davis and Mike Williams. The risk is that Davis and Williams might not be available by the time the No. 18 pick comes up. There will be a good cornerback there at No. 18. After all, it's one of the strengths of the first two rounds of the draft. There may not be a good wide out.
Dan's top five players remaining
- 2. Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
- 3. Jamal Adams, S, LSU
- 7. Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
- 8. Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
- 9. Reuben Foster, MLB, Alabama
- 1-5: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
- 1-18: (coming April 3)
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