PFF draft board: Tennessee Titans

Analyst Josh Liskiewitz takes a pick-by-pick look at the 2016 draft prospects that best fit the Titans' needs.

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PFF draft board: Tennessee Titans

PFF is putting together team-specific draft boards for all 32 teams using our draft rankings and evaluation of how each player fits in specific schemes.

Included are three ideal targets for each team with their first-, second-, and third-round picks, along with a team-specific draft board [scroll down to bottom of article] that includes every player in PFF’s draft rankings.

Here is the list of potential picks for Tennessee, with extra prospects included to account for the franchise’s numerous early-round picks.

Round 1 (15th overall)

William Jackson III, CB, Houston 

While Tennessee’s secondary should see some improvement with the return of Jason McCourty (he only played 218 snaps in 2015 due to a nagging groin injury), it doesn’t have a viable second starter holding over from last year’s roster, and free agent acquisition Brice McCain has only graded positively in coverage once in his career (2011). Jackson is the top-ranked cornerback on the Titans’ board (11th-overall), and will excel in man-coverage because of his athleticism and ball skills.

Leonard Floyd, ED, Georgia

This may come as a bit of a surprise with Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan under contract, but smart teams collect elite talent early in the draft, as opposed to simply filling obvious needs. Floyd is the most explosive, natural edge-rusher in the class, and for Tennessee’s purposes, could bring some potential to the inside on running-downs. Floyd is PFF’s 20th overall prospect, but is ranked 14th on Tennessee’s board and has one of the highest ceilings in the class. 

Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama 

Al Woods brings solid depth to Tennessee’s defensive interior, but Reed is a legitimate long-term starter at nose tackle for the Titan’s three-man front. Reed is not a great penetrator on the pass-rush, but excels at taking on blockers at the point of attack and eating double-teams to allow his linebackers to flow freely to the ball.

Round 2 (33th overall)

A’Shawn Robinson, DI, Alabama 

Robinson is a great fit for Tennessee because he can handle snaps at all three defensive-line positions. While he won’t offer much on the pass-rush, he flashes dominance against the run, and plays with a contrasting style that will be complementary of veteran stud Jurrell Casey. Robinson could make it out of the first round due to his lack of third-down production, but he comes in at No. 32 on Tennessee’s board and is appropriate value for the Titans.

Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers 

While the Titans have high expectations for second-year WR Dorial Green-Beckham, he is certainly not a proven commodity outside, and both Harry Douglas and Kendall Wright are better fits for the slot. When healthy, Carroo displayed game-breaking ability and outstanding hands (just two drops on 96 catchable passes in 2014 and 2015), and would bring excellent value for Tennessee at this stage, as he comes in at No. 25 on their big board.

Round 2 (43th overall)

Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State 

Having already touched on Tennessee’s need for another outside receiver, Higgins would be a solid fit at this spot. He is in the discussion for best route-runner in the draft class, and is ranked 27th on the Titans’ big board.

Adolphus Washington, DI, Ohio State 

The two Alabama defensive interior prospects, while dominant forces against the run, don’t offer much in terms of getting to the passer. Washington may not have the same consistency on first and second down, but he is more capable in terms of getting to the quarterback, and would be a solid starting defensive end in Tennessee’s scheme.

Round 2 (45th overall)

Kalan Reed, CB, Southern Mississippi 

While Reed is 56th on our PFF draft board, he is 35th on the Titans’ board and has one of the best combinations of height, weight, and speed in the class. He excels at playing the ball, and in college, showed the ability to produce both in man- and zone-coverages.

Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame 

Yes, the Titans signed center Ben Jones in free agency, but at this stage of Round 2, Martin may be too strong of a value to pass up (he ranks 41st on Tennessee’s board). Martin is an excellent athlete, which will allow him to excel in a zone scheme.

Round 3 (64th overall)

Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina

Delanie Walker had an excellent 2015 campaign, but the opportunity to get a second playmaking (and bigger-bodied) tight end could be tough for Tennessee to pass on. Adams is also solid blocker, which would give the Titans excellent versatility at the tight end position.

Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State

I love the idea of stacking up the defense with pass-rushers, and while Fackrell is not as polished in the run game, he has experience dropping, blitzing, and rushing with his hand on the ground. His ability to set up a variety of moves will translate quickly, and is why he is ranked 46th on Tennessee’s big board.

Round 3 (76th overall)

Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama

Jones is another CB that isn’t scheme-dependent, showing the ability to produce not just outside in zone- and man-coverage, but also from the slot. He ranks 44th on Tennessee’s board (compared to 78th on the PFF composite), and his physicality and savvy would be a welcome addition to the Titans’ secondary.

Nick Kwiatkowski, ILB, West Virginia

Tennessee has some serious uncertainty at inside linebacker, and Kwiatkowski would bring appropriate value at this stage in Round 3. He is competent in coverage, and is a solid run-defender who is capable of taking on blocks, but needs to improve his shedding ability.

PlayerPositionSchoolPFF Draft BoardTennessee Titans Draft Board
Joey BosaEDGEOhio State11
DeForest BucknerDIOregon22
Jalen RamseyCBFlorida State33
Laremy TunsilOTOle Miss54
Myles JackLBUCLA65
Corey ColemanWRBaylor96
Sheldon RankinsDILouisville87
Josh DoctsonWRTCU108
Jared GoffQBCal49
Chris JonesDIMississippi State1210
William Jackson IIICBHouston1511
Cody WhitehairGKansas State1712
Ezekiel ElliottRBOhio State713
Leonard FloydEDGEGeorgia1914
Sterling ShepardWROklahoma2315
Jarran ReedDIAlabama2016
Jack ConklinOTMichigan State1317
Shaq LawsonEDGEClemson1118
Jaylon SmithLBNotre Dame2519
Ronnie StanleyOTNotre Dame1620
Reggie RaglandLBAlabama2621
Karl JosephSWest Virginia3022
Vernon HargreavesCBFlorida1823
Shilique CalhounEDGEMichigan State2924
Vernon ButlerDILouisiana Tech3225
Leonte CarrooWRRutgers3526
Rashard HigginsWRColorado State4027
Noah SpenceEDGEEastern Kentucky3628
Michael Thomas (OSU)WROhio State2429
Andrew BillingsDIBaylor2230
Laquon TreadwellWROle Miss2831
A'Shawn RobinsonDIAlabama4132
Carson WentzQBNorth Dakota State1433
Kalan ReedCBSouthern Miss5434
Michael Thomas (SM)WRSouthern Miss3835
Mackenzie AlexanderCBClemson2136
Ryan KellyCAlabama4237
Austin JohnsonDIPenn State3938
Nick MartinCNotre Dame4539
Jason SpriggsOTIndiana4639
De'Vante HarrisCBTexas A&M6939
Kyler FackrellEDGEUtah State6542
Adolphus WashingtonDIOhio State4343
Hunter HenryTEArkansas3344
Joshua GarnettGStanford5045
Joe ThuneyOTNC State5145
Cyrus JonesCBAlabama7747
Scooby Wright IIILBArizona7148
Bronson KaufusiEDGEBYU6648
Jerell AdamsTESouth Carolina5950
Taylor DeckerOTOhio State5251
Jeremy CashSDuke5351
Jonathan BullardDIFlorida2753
Eli AppleCBOhio State3154
Will FullerWRNotre Dame6055
Kamalei CorreaEDGEBoise State7856
Nick VanHooseCBNorthwestern8857
Isaac SeumaloGOregon State6358
Daniel BravermanWRWestern Michigan6258
Hassan RidgewayDITexas5760
Kenny ClarkDIUCLA5860
Malcolm MitchellWRGeorgia6762
Dean LowryDINorthwestern9763
Kevin DoddEDGEClemson7063
Nick KwiatkowskiLBWest Virginia7665
Xavien HowardCBBaylor8066
Tyler BoydWRPittsburgh8266
Steven DanielsLBBoston College10168
Su'a CravensLBUSC4869
Christian WestermanGArizona State8570
Paxton LynchQBMemphis5571
Shon ColemanOTAuburn9172
Pharoh CooperWRSouth Carolina9672
Cre'Von LeBlancCBFlorida Atlantic9372
Braxton MillerWROhio State9872
Keyarris GarrettWRTulsa6476
Willie HenryDIMichigan9977
Spencer DrangoGBaylor10778
Joe DahlOTWashington State11278
Kenneth DixonRBLouisiana Tech4780
Sheldon DayDINotre Dame3481
Joe SchobertEDGEWisconsin7482
Darian ThompsonSBoise State8383
Paul PerkinsRBUCLA4984
Emmanuel OgbahEDGEOklahoma State3784
Le'Raven ClarkOTTexas Tech11986
Tavon YoungCBTemple11586
Javon HargraveDISouth Carolina State7988
Vonn BellSOhio State9089
Jordan HowardRBIndiana5690
Darius LathamDIIndiana8491
Joshua PerryLBOhio State8691
Matt SkuraCDuke12893
Kevin PetersonCBOklahoma State9493
Devin LucienWRArizona State9293
Thomas DuarteTEUCLA8996
Connor CookQBMichigan State7597
Brandon DoughtyQBWestern Kentucky10998
Austin HooperTEStanford12599
Demarcus AyersWRHouston150100
Maliek CollinsDINebraska61101
Anthony ZettelDIPenn State114101
Kentrell BrothersLBMissouri108101
Jordan PaytonWRUCLA118104
Kevin ByardSMiddle Tennessee State73105
Carl NassibEDGEPenn State68106
Alex CollinsRBArkansas87107
Sebastian TretolaGArkansas126108
Darron LeeLBOhio State81109
Aaron BurbridgeWRMichigan State138110
Jake McGeeTEFlorida123111
Germain IfediOTTexas A&M182112
Austin BlytheCIowa203113
Nelson SpruceWRColorado145113
Ronald BlairEDGEAppalachian State102115
Darrell GreeneGSan Diego State157116
David MorganTEUTSA153117
Robert NkemdicheDIOle Miss44118
Matt IoannidisDITemple124118
Jakeem GrantWRTexas Tech173120
Will AnthonyEDGENavy132121
Devon CajusteTEStanford174122
Tajae SharpeWRUmass180123
Kyle MurphyOTStanford72124
Jordan JenkinsEDGEGeorgia127125
Yannick NgakoueEDGEMaryland134126
Jack AllenCMichigan State122127
Henry Krieger-CobleTEIowa230128
Derrick HenryRBAlabama95129
Will ParksSArizona100130
Cardale JonesQBOhio State222131
Devontae BookerRBUtah103131
C.J. ProsiseRBNotre Dame105131
Cody KesslerQBUSC106131
Demarcus RobinsonWRFlorida140135
Kendall FullerCBVirginia Tech139135
Jihad WardDIIllinois159137
Tyler GrayLBBoise State160137
D.J. ReaderDIClemson162137
Terrell LathanDITCU167137
Dadi Lhomme NicholasEDGEVirginia Tech161137
Aaron WallaceEDGEUCLA166137
Max TuerkCUSC113143
Jayron KearseSClemson120144
Will RedmondCBMississippi State116144
Joe HaegOTNorth Dakota State117144
Byron MarshallWROregon121144
Nile Lawrence-StampleDIFlorida State148148
Kyle RoseDIWest Virginia168148
Sterling BaileyDIGeorgia170148
Delvon SimmonsDIUSC175148
Brennan ScarlettDIStanford178148
Alex McCalisterEDGEFlorida169148
Terrell ChestnutCBWest Virginia129154
Jatavis BrownLBAkron131155
Tyrone HolmesEDGEMontana130155
Bryson AlbrightEDGEMiami (OH)195157
Travis FeeneyEDGEWashington196157
Brandon AllenQBArkansas104157
Daniel LascoRBCal141160
Keanu NealSFlorida176161
Charles TapperEDGEOklahoma136162
Matt JohnsonQBBowling Green110163
Vernon Adams, JRQBOregon111163
Eric MurrayCBMinnesota154165
Quniton JeffersonDIMaryland210166
D.J. PettwayEDGEAlabama211166
Miles KillebrewSSouther Utah187168
Justin SimmonsSBoston College163169
D.J. WhiteCBGeorgia Tech155169
Graham GlasgowGMichigan158169
Ryker MathewsGBYU164169
Eric StrikerEDGEOklahoma165173
Trevone BoykinQBTCU142174
Kenyan DrakeRBAlabama135174
Jonathan WilliamsRBArkansas137174
Landon TurnerGNorth Carolina133177
KeiVarae RussellCBNotre Dame171178
Corey TindalCBMarshall172178
Kolby ListenbeeWRTCU181178
Ian SeauEDGENevada219181
Matt JudonEDGEGrand Valley State220181
Praise Martin-OguikeEDGETemple208183
Adam GotsisDIGeorgia Tech177184
Jacoby BrissettQBNC State151185
Kevin HoganQBStanford143185
Jeff DriskelQBLouisiana Tech149185
Cody CoreWROle Miss184188
Kenny LawlerWRCal193188
Alex LewisOTNebraska183188
Joey HuntCTCU189188
Rees OdhiamboGBoise State190188
Artie BurnsCBMiami144193
Nila KasitatiGOklahoma152193
Taveze CalhounCBMississippi State147193
B.J. GoodsonLBClemson146196
Mike RoseEDGENC State223196
Victor OchiEDGEStony Brook244196
Cory LittletonEDGEWashington246196
Clayton FejedelemSIllinois201200
Tanner McEvoySWisconsin206200
Ted KarrasGIllinois213200
Donte DeayonCBBoise State199200
Connor McGovernGMissouri202200
Teddy RubenWRTroy212200
Jhurell PressleyRBNew Mexico179206
Cory JohnsonDIKentucky156207
Blake MartinezLBStanford198208
Curt MaggittEDGETennessee207208
DeAndre WashingtonRBTexas Tech194210
T.J. GreenSClemson217211
Jenson StoshakWRFlorida Atlantic214211
Jordan WilliamsWRBall State218211
D.J. FosterWRArizona State216211
Tyler RobertsLBTroy215215
Brandon ShellOTSouth Carolina191216
Tyler MatakevichLBTemple185217
Trevon ColeyDIFlorida Atlantic186217
Perez FordLBNorthern Illinois188217
Eddie YarbroughEDGEWyoming192217
Boston StiversonGKansas State237221
Jarell BroxtonGBaylor238221
Vadal AlexanderGLSU243221
Roger LewisWRBowling Green224221
John TheusOTGeorgia231221
Jerald HawkinsOTLSU232221
Mike HiltonSOle Miss233221
Jesse ChapmanCAppalachian State241221
Jake BrendelCUCLA245221
Justin MurrayOTCincinnati249221
Prince Charles IworahCBWestern Kentucky225221
Jalen MillsCBLSU247221
Mitch MathewsWRBYU226221
Charone PeakeWRClemson229221
Chris MooreWRCincinnati236221
Trevor DavisWRCal239221
Alex EricksonWRWisconsin227221
Connor WujciakDIBoston College204238
Nick VigilLBUtah State205238
Caleb AzubikeEDGEVanderbilt209238
Vincent ValentineDINebraska234241
Martavius FosterDIColorado State240241
Deion JonesLBLSU250241
Jimmy BeanEDGEOklahoma State248241
Dak PrescottQBMississippi State221245
Tyler ErvinRBSan Jose State197246
Nick ArbuckleQBGeorgia State242247
Josh FergusonRBIllinois235247
Wendell SmallwoodRBWest Virginia228247
Rashard RobinsonCBLSU200250

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Josh joined PFF as an analyst in 2015. During the season, his primary focus is college football (mainly the Big Ten). He is also heavily involved in PFF's NFL draft coverage. Prior to joining the team, he worked for six years with GM Jr. Scouting, an independent draft scouting service.

  • KAO

    This is a really cool feature….
    Now please bring back premium stats…..

  • NAJ

    Where on earth did you get Titans Draft Board from? You can’t possibly know this…

    • Josh Liskiewitz

      This is our board catered towards the Titans; how we think it should look. Hopefully, for Tennessee’s sake, no one outside of their war room has actual access to their real one.