The Tennessee Titans had another successful draft, and when I immediately saw that the Titans drafted Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald.
The 2020 NFL Draft has already come and gone, and over the next week or two, we’re going to see early thoughts on who won and who lost the draft. I’ll go ahead and tell you that the Tennessee Titans are going to be big winners in the 2020 Draft.
They drafted a hoss in the first round out of Georgia in right tackle Isaiah Wilson. We could see Wilson starting as soon as this fall in Nissan Stadium, and it might not take much longer after that for him to be a dominant tackle in the NFL.
Kristian Fulton, out of LSU, was the next player that the Titans drafted. Fulton will likely be a cornerback that can have an immediate impact this fall. He’s first-round talent, and the Titans stole him in the first round to start the draft off near perfectly for the Titans.
Next, the Titans drafted Derrick Henry’s backup in Darrynton Evans from Appalachian State. He can be the spark that the Titans offense might need that Henry can’t provide. Evans has speed, speed, and more speed. He could be the perfect backup running back for the Titans over the next couple of seasons.
On Day 3, the Titans covered more needs in the fifth round by drafting defensive lineman Larrell Murchison out of North Carolina State, in the sixth round by drafting quarterback Cole McDonald from Hawaii, and in the seventh round by drafting defensive back Chris Jackson from Marshall.
So, who is my favorite draft pick out of the Titans’ six picks? Well, there’s likely at least three that could see the field a lot this fall and the rest have a chance to earn opportunities over the next couple of seasons and also become a starter or meaningful rotation player.
But I’m not focused on who’s going to get playing time in 2020 and who isn’t. If I were picking my favorite player based on playing time, it would probably be Kristian Fulton, but I’m not doing that.
My favorite player out of this draft is Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald, and I’ll explain why. I don’t think he’s going to overthrow Tannehill and take over as starting quarterback anytime soon, but I do think he can be the best backup QB in the NFL and eventually earn a starting job.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound earned name recognition during the 2019 season after he completed 63.8% of his passes for 4,138 yards, 33 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. All that while putting up a QB rating of 147.6.
He’s athletic; he’s versatile, he can use his feet to move around in the pocket and run if he has to. He has a lot of similarities to Marcus Mariota, a quarterback that many Titans fans loved in recent years. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out for a few different reasons, but now it looks like the Titans are going after that type of quarterback once again.
He’s the type of quarterback that you want when you’re down by ten with five minutes left. He’s going to score a touchdown, and if the defense can get a stop, then he’s going to win you the football game. He’s a fearless competitor, which is what I want in every player on the Titans roster.
Sit down and watch five minutes of McDonald’s highlights. I guarantee you will see the same thing I see in him. He’s going to at least make the preseason more fun to watch over the next couple of years.