The 2020 NFL Draft looks to be a slam dunk for the Tennessee Titans and general manager Jon Robinson after early post-draft power rankings.
I mentioned after the 2020 NFL Draft that I thought that Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson might’ve nailed another draft. It’s too early to tell for sure, but multiple post-draft power rankings are ranking the Titans high on their list.
Some Titans fans were upset that the Titans drafted offensive tackle, Isaiah Wilson, in the first round, but I argued that it was a perfect pick. He’s the system tackle that the Titans need after Jack Conklin’s departure.
In response, what did the Titans do on Day 2? They had one of the best draft days among all 32 NFL teams. Our writer Chris Clark even went as far as saying that the Titans won Day Two, and I don’t disagree with him.
NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus and Touchdown Wire’s Mark Schofield both recognized the Titans’ solid draft performance and ranked the Titans in the top five of their power rankings.
"“First-round pick Isaiah Wilson enters the right tackle competition created by the departure of Jack Conklin,” NFL.com’s Hanzus said. “It’s an important position for the Titans, who leaned on Conklin to blow open holes for rushing champion Derrick Henry. Speaking of Henry, he has some new backfield company in Darrynton Evans. The third-round pick is a home-run hitter and a solid fit for Tennessee’s scheme. With Henry poised to play out 2020 on a one-year franchise tag, could the Titans be grooming Evans as a potential replacement in 2021? Meanwhile, is Jadeveon Clowney still on the radar in Nashville? Tennessee didn’t use any of its six picks on a traditional edge rusher. This feels like a perfect fit.”"
Hanzus’ top five consists of the Chiefs, 49ers, Ravens, Saints, and the Titans to round out the top five.
"“The buzz around Georgia right tackle Isaiah Wilson was real as the NFL Draft approached, and at the end of the first round, the Tennessee Titans made him their selection to protect Ryan Tannehill, pave the way for Derrick Henry and step into a slot vacated by departing RT Jack Conklin,” Touchdown Wire’s Schofield said. “Then the organization addressed a need at cornerback, drafting Kristian Fulton from LSU when the DB fell into the back of the second round.“A very intriguing selection for them came in the fifth round when they added defensive tackle Larrell Murchison. The N.C. State defender has a solid array of pass-rushing moves and could be a presence on the inside of the Titans’ defensive line. Plus? They added the uber-aggressive Cole McDonald to their quarterback room. McDonald has an NFL arm and the willingness to challenge windows downfield that other passers shy away from. Darrynton Evans, the running back from Appalachian State, seems to be more of a Dion Lewis replacement than a Derrick Henry backstop, but he will give the offense a nice change of pace.”"
Schofield’s top five is pretty similar to Hanzus’. The Chiefs take the top spot, and the Ravens, 49ers, Saints, and Titans follow.
I don’t think last year’s AFC Championship run was a fluke, and I don’t think that this draft is either. Robinson has proven he’s one of the best GMs in the NFL when it comes to the draft, and that’s the case once again this year.
The Titans are a top-five team in the NFL, and it might be time for the rest of the league to realize that. A few of the Titans’ draft picks could have an immediate impact on the field this fall, which could only elevate the Titans’ performance.