USA Today has mocked the 2021 NFL Draft, and it looks like the Tennessee Titans could draft Corey Davis’ replacement.
The Tennessee Titans and general manager Jon Robinson have done a great job drafting talent in the front half and the back half of the draft since Robinson arrived in Nashville. It looks like Robinson might’ve nailed another draft as we get further away from the 2020 draft.
One pick that he didn’t quite nail is the No. 5 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. With that pick, the Titans drafted Corey Davis, an elite receiver out of Western Michigan. His standout play hasn’t quite transitioned into his time in the NFL.
That could all change this fall as Davis is playing for a new contract in Nashville or at least another opportunity with a different franchise. If it doesn’t play out in Davis’ favor this fall, the Titans could look to draft his replacement. At least that’s what USA Today’s Luke Easterling is predicting for the 2021 draft.
Easterling has the Titans drafting at No. 17 and taking Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle. He is elite talent in Alabama’s receiver room, but he’s been overshadowed by the likes of Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III. I can already see an issue in this mock draft with the Titans drafting at No. 17.
If Waddle has NFL potential and Robinson thinks that the Titans could turn him into the Titans’ No. 2 receiver next to A.J. Brown, then I’ll trust Robinson’s judgment since he has been successful in a large majority of his picks.
In Waddle’s sophomore season, he caught 33 passes for 560 receiving yards, which was down from his freshman numbers, where he caught 45 passes for 848 receiving yards. Waddle is expected to have a big junior season with the star receivers in front of him now in the NFL. If Waddle is able to take that next step, then expect him to be a hot commodity in next year’s draft.
Waddle would add another weapon to the Titans offense, which could make for a fun few years following the 2021 draft assuming the Titans offense stays intact. We’re still a long way from the 2021 draft, and who knows where the Titans will draft and if Waddle will even be available where the Titans end up.