After two days of the NFL Draft, Tennessee Titans fans were running on fumes.
Two wild days had passed, which left the third and final day with expectations all over the place. Through the fourth and fifth rounds, Tennessee made some shoulder shrug worthy selections, with the Titans filling some defensive holes by picking Da’Quan Jones, Marqueston Huff and Avery Williamson.
Dave Guberman and I discussed the picks below:
Raj Prashad: Tennessee went defense with the next three picks, getting a defensive lineman, secondary player and linebacker. How do those guys fit into the scheme right away, or are they a work in progress?
Dave Guberman: I definitely think those guys are more of a work in progress. The only one I could see getting substantial playing time this season is DaQuan Jones out of Penn State. At 6-foot-4, 220-pounds, he definitely brings a potential physical presence on the defensive line.
There is not much pressure for him be a dynamic player, at least right away, which could benefit him. With guys like Jurrell Casey, Derrick Morgan, Kamerion Wimbley, Karl Klug, Ropati Pitoitua, Antonio Johnson, etc, he can take baby steps to becoming a difference-maker. With the amount that the Titans rotate their guys on the defensive front, this will work in Jones’s favor.
RP: Makes up a little for Tennessee not taking Aaron Donald in the first, but from what I’ve seen, Jones has the tools to be another successful defensive lineman in this booming group. What about those next two picks?
DG: Marquestion Huff from Wyoming, and Avery Williamson out of Kentucky are guys that will probably need to be worked their way along in order to fit into the scheme.
Huff does have a chance to prove himself in training camp, as corner back is the main position that I am concerned about when it comes to the Titans. McCourty is the only corner back I feel I can count on. Coty Sensabaugh, Tommie Campbell, and Blidi Wreh-Wilson are all guys that could potentially fill the hole that Verner’s left, but each of the guys is so up in the air, and not knowing is somewhat scary.
Huff is versatile and has great speed so he could find a role in the back-end, either at the nickel spot, or even situationally. Williamson is a smart, hard-working linebacker who is a good tackler, so he definitely could find his way to the field in the Titan’s four-linebacker scheme if he is able to learn the playbook quickly..
RP: I’m not really concerned about the defensive back position, but I’m leaning closer toward thinking Huff might make a better safety in the long run. As for Williamson, he’ll probably have to work his way up from the special teams.
That does it for the fourth and fifth rounds, but check back on Monday for a discussion on Tennessee’s sixth-rounder, Zach Mettenberger.