Matt Miller’s notes with Titans comments
If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading Matt Miller, you really should. He’s wonderful at covering the draft and prospects leading up to the draft.
I’m going to look at a single article and try to add my Titans thoughts to it. The article is here, but please check out more of Matt’s work. This routine I’m about to do is something I think Titans fans should do- digest Matt’s articles and try to ascertain how it may affect the Titans.
Miller begins by raving about Jamal Adams. Many projected the Titans to be selecting Adams in the 2017 NFL draft with the fifth pick. Many also had free agent Eric Berry coming to the Titans. Berry is Miller’s NFL comparison for Adams.
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Joshua Dobbs is getting too much press to be selected by the Titans to be Marcus Mariota’s backup. When the offseason began, this seemed reasonable. At this point, it does not seem reasonable at all. If the Titans draft a backup quarterback, it will probably be well after Dobbs is picked.
Derek Barnett ran a 4.89 40. YUCK! Thank goodness he has game tape and other attributes to attract NFL teams. This could very likely push him to the second round. The Titans do not have a second-round pick, although many have suggested a trade scenario where they will gain one.
Cameron Sutton being called a complete cornerback AND a day two prospect is probably music to Jon Robinson’s ears. While I have no idea if he covets Sutton, the notion of getting a complete cornerback on day two is wonderful. This depth at the cornerback position could easily allow Robinson to forego drafting a corner in the first round.
Evan Engram being called a first rounder by one scout is great to read. He is not. He is second or third round by most every site or draft prognosticator. Again though, I have consistently projected both he and Jordan Leggette for the Titans. A first round grade for a later round prospect would be sweet.
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Miller wrote: “The hottest name in NFL draft circles right now is Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas. Many in the NFL media have connected him to the San Francisco 49ers at No. 2 overall. I continue to hear from scouts that the Jacksonville Jaguars really like him if he’s there at pick No. 4.”
This would be good news for the Titans. They could probably have Johnathan Allen or Jamal Adams fall right to them at number five then.
Miller wrote of two runs:
A director of player personnel dropped this bombshell while talking with me this week: “I don’t think that run on quarterbacks is gonna happen early. I think it happens in the 20s.”
If the run on signal-callers won’t happen in the top 20 picks, one general manager I spoke to thinks there will be a push to get offensive tackles early. “Look at the numbers. Two left tackles will go in the top 15 picks and maybe an offensive guard [Forrest Lamp] in the top 20.”
This would be a dramatic change from most of the mocks this offseason. Quarterbacks have been rising as of late. That makes sense. The precious few tackles (and Lamp) seem to indicate a “get them before they are gone” mentality. The Titans have no pressing need at guard and no need for a tackle. As such, this would increase the talent pool of available players that fall to them in the draft. It would also create several suitors for trades.
This is something to pay attention to on draft day and the next ten days. This is the narrative that a trader like Jon Robinson would get excited about. It sets things up perfectly for him.
Probably not coincidentally, Miller’s two round mock draft suggests a trade with the Cleveland Browns.
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