Tennessee Titans 2018 Draft Class, From Six Picks down to Four, All First Class

Karen Christensen, Official Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen//@ksc47

The Tennessee Titans’ general manager Jon Robinson likes some wheeling and dealing to get what he wants. Originally the team had the following picks in the upcoming draft:

1st round | 25th overall, 2nd round | 57th overall, 3rd round | 89th overall, 4th round | 125th overall, 5th round | 162nd overall, 6th round | 199th overall

And the team ended up with this:


Not having a top ten pick does take away from the excitement of the NFL draft, but luckily for the Titans, they have a young team with not that many needs. And judging from Mr. Robinson’s willingness to trade down to only four picks, I’d say he is happy with the pre-draft roster.

In the past month or so, the Titans have signed the following players:

From the Washington Redskins, linebacker William Compton

From the Baltimore Ravens, wide receiver/returner Michael Campanaro

From the Houston Texans, Xavier Su’a-Filo, offensive guard

From the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,  offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile

From the Arizona Cardinals, quarterback Blaine Gabbert

The Titans right tackle Jack Conklin suffered a knee injury while playing against the New England Patriots during the playoffs, so I believe Suz-Filo and Kevin Pamphile were hired to fill in the RT spot until Conklin fully recovers from surgery.  They may also be competing with guard Quinton Spain (who did sign his one year tender) for a full time starting OL spot. General Manager Jon Robinson has said that he likes players that can rotate and play in more than one spot.

The Titans lost linebacker Avery Williamson to the New York Jets. Tennessee did offer a contract to Williamson, but the Jets were willing to spend more to get him on their roster.  Most of the mock drafts had the Titans picking a LB/Edge rusher, mentioning that current LB’s Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo are in the last year of their contracts and the previously mentioned loss of Williamson.  And we got two great players that really should have both been drafted in the first round.

The first pick was Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans. Head coach Mike Vrabel stated that Evans was everything the team was looking for in a Titan. Evans has played mostly inside but he can blitz and “rush off the edge”. Versatility has been mentioned often by the head coach and general manager as something the team desires and values from their players.

Current Titan running back Derrick Henry tweeted how excited  he is to get his fellow ‘Bama player on the team. Henry had predicted before the draft that Evans would be drafted by Tennessee.

The second pick was another linebacker, edge rusher Harold Landry from Boston College.  Landry was listed on many mock drafts as the player that the Titans would first pick. GM Robinson traded up to get Landry who in 2016 was Boston College’s record setter for the most sacks in a single season, 16.5 sacks to be precise.  Landry stated that he thought the Titans were “the perfect fit” for him. The defensive coaches that met with Landry must have believed this also.

The third pick from Arizona State is defensive back Dane Cruikshank, who states that he is versatile and willing to play “a lot of positions”. From Titans Online, GM Robinson says that Dane has played outside corner, inside corner, and safety.  So we see that the team is sticking with the theme of having players that can play at multiple positions, and are willing to do so.

And the fourth pick is a quarterback from Washington State, Luke Falk; a self-professed Tom Brady fan. This man is a record breaker, per social media “he had his name on every passing Pac-12 conference record.”  More to come on this later, a QB was not something that was mentioned in mock drafts for the Titans.

Another draft is over, Team Tennessee got four new players. Greatness awaits.

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