NFL Draft projections are about to start heating up, and Maurice Jones-Drew has the Titans drafting a running back, which could decide Derrick Henry’s future.
Free agency could play a big factor in deciding where the Titans go in this year’s draft. Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew believes the Titans will draft a running back in the first round.
With the Titans making it to the AFC Championship, it puts them in a difficult position to draft a good player that is worth the first-round talent, but Jones-Drew is predicting that with the 29th pick in the first round, the Titans draft J.K. Dobbins out of Ohio State.
"“He’s a compact running back with good balance, instincts and ability to break tackles,” he wrote in his first mock draft. “With Derrick Henry due to reach free agency, Dobbins could be the guy for Tennessee.”"
If this were to play out as Jones-Drew has predicted, Dobbins would be just the second running back drafted in the first round. Georgia’s De’Andre Swift was mocked to get drafted ahead of Dobbins at pick 26 by the Miami Dolphins.
The Titans could very well be heading in the direction of franchise tagging Henry, and if that happens and the Titans draft a running back like Dobbins, then we could very well be seeing the transition from Henry to Dobbins or another young running back.
This year’s free agency and draft could decide how successful the Titans will be, not only in 2020 but at least for the next few years.