2015 Draft in Review: Tennessee Titans
The NFL draft is over and it suddenly seems like a long time to wait for the next meaningful event on the NFL calendar. But frankly we’re still excited trying to break down what it all means for each team and so we’re going to share some of that excitement.
That’s right every team is going to have each pick broken down as well as a look at their undrafted free agents. Next up we’re looking at the Tennessee Titans.
Round 1: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Without a franchise quarterback the Titans had to take the chance on Marcus Mariota, Our top-graded quarterback last year has more developing to do if the Titans want to adjust into a traditional offense. When under pressure Mariota graded +9.7, and while his completion rate dropped, he only threw one pass that was intercepted when pressured.
Depth Chart Fit: Starting Quarterback sooner than later depending on how quickly the Titans want to bring him along.
Round 2: Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
Since Dorial Green-Beckham did not play last season, our data is incomplete on him. But looking through his 2013 tape he looked like the he will use his body well to win at the catch point and be able to out-jump most defensive backs on deep passes.
Depth Chart Fit: The Titans currently have numerous veterans in front of Green-Beckham and he could end up as a situational player this season.
Round 3: Jeremiah Poutasi, OT, Utah
This one seems to be a huge reach in the third round. Jeremiah Poutasi graded 70th out of 103 tackles in this year’s drafted class. With far more productive players on the board, this pick is rather confusing, Poutasi was 38th in the class as a pass-blocker, but 84th of 103 as a run blocker. To take a player who is not above average in any aspect in the third round is reaching on athletic ability rather than his production.
Depth Chart Fit: Backup, even with the hole at right tackle Poutasi is not ready to be a starter.
Round 4: Angelo Blackson, DI, Auburn
Angelo Blackson figures to be a nose tackle for the Tennessee Titans. Will Blackson is not the most active against the run, where he only made a stop of 3.5% of his run plays. Instead he tries to hold the point of attack and allows those around him make plays.
Depth Chart Fit: Part of the nosetackle rotation with Sammie Hill and Al Woods
Round 4: Jalston Flower, FB, Alabama
Most fullbacks are typically limited to just being a pure run blocker and offer very little in the passing game, but Flower does give you some of that. Flower gained 7.3 yards after catch on his 11 receptions and graded positive as a run blocker.
Depth Chart Fit: Drafting a Fullback in the fourth round almost guarantees he will be the starter.
Round 5: David Cobb, RB, Minnesota
David Cobb is a pure runner who offers very little as a passing back and is a liability in pass blocking. No other running back graded worse in pass blocking than Cobb, who had 11 total pressures on 82 pass blocking snaps. However this will be limited by splitting time with Bishop Sankey. As a runner Cobb had the sixth-highest grade in the draft class and forced 61 missed tackles, the third-most of any running back in this year’s draft.
Depth Chart Fit: Fight for the starting running back job with Sankey.
Round 6: Deiontrez Mount, ED, Louisville
The Titans found huge value in the sixth round with Deiontrez Mount. Mount was 3-4 outside linebacker who graded in the Top 10 as a pass rusher and 11th as a run defender. When rushing the passer he split time rushing from the left and right side while being effective on both sides. Look to see Mount take over as the main backup outside linebacker by the end of the season and produce well from his limited snaps.
Depth Chart Fit: Backup and situational Edge rusher.
Round 6: Andy Gallik, C, Boston College
Andy Gallik looks to be more of project at this point, he has good upper body strength. But too often he struggles to locate linebackers at the second level. A better pass blocker than run blocker, Gallik had a 97.8 pass blocking efficiency, which was tied for 34th out of 58 centers in the draft.
Depth Chart Fit: Backup center who might be fighting to make the roster as a swing center and guard
Round 7: Tre McBride, WR, William & Mary
Tre McBride out of the FCS only played one game against an FBS team (Virginia Tech) where he ran 16 routes and recorded a 4.13 yards per route ran. Good size and speed, with the ability to run smooth routes. The question will be how long it will take to adjust to the speed of the NFL game.
Depth Chart Fit: Project, back of the roster player for now, who might have limited snaps at receiver due to the veterans ahead of him.
Connor Neighbors, FB, LSU: Neighbors had the second-highest blocking grade for any fullback in this year draft.
Josue Matias, G, FSU: Matias allowed 15 total pressures last season to give him a 98.0 Pass Blocking Efficiency, which was the eighth-highest mark.
Derek Lott, DI, Tennessee-Chattanooga: The Tennessee-Chattanooga transferred from Georgia in 2012. This past season Lott had one of the highest grades for Defensive interior players in one game against Central Michigan.
Lucas Vincent, DI, Missouri: Vincent had the 12th-highest run defense grade against Power 5 teams.
Deon Long, WR, Maryland: Long caught 45 of the 57 ball thrown under 10 yards, compared to 11 catches on 49 targets on passes over 11 yards.
Quinton Spain, G, West Virginia: When playing the pass Span had a Top 25 grade, but struggle to perform well as a run blocker where he graded in the Bottom 5.
Toby Johnson, DI, Georgia: On 98 run snaps Toby Johnson had six run stops, giving him a 6.1 Run Stop Percentage.
J.R. Tavai, ED, USC: A one-dimensional run stopping edge defender, Tavai had the 10th-best run stop percentage for 3-4 outside linebackers at 7.1%.
Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil, ED, Maryland: The holder of the 11th-best pass rushing productivity against Power 5 teams with a 9.7 mark.
Cody Riggs, CB, Notre Dame: One of the most efficient tacklers last season for cornerbacks, Riggs missed one tackle every 13.7 attempts in Power 5 games.
Curtis Riley, CB, Fresno State: With only one missed tackles and six tackles in special teams, Riley graded positive as a special teamer.
Cody Prewitt, S, Ole Miss: Against Power 5 teams Prewitt only gave up a catch once every 29.2 passing snaps. Sixth-best last season.
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