Tennessee Titans go EDGE, TE in Draft Wire’s latest 3-round simulation

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The Tennessee Titans with an EDGE in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft has been a fashionable benchmark for draft pundits this offseason, but we remain convinced such a selection is highly unlikely.

In his latest mock draft for Draft Wire, Luke Easterling asks the Titans to take Minnesota rusher Boye Mafe 26th overall. Here is his take:

“Even if the Titans are able to re-sign Harold Landry, they could still use a younger opposite side attacker if Bud Dupree can’t be counted on for the long haul. Mafe backed up his impressive streak with a week dominant practice in the Senior Bowl, launching him into first-round conversation.

As we’ve said many times before, the only way the Titans can rush this early is if Harold Landry leaves in free agency, which we don’t anticipate.

Yes, Dupree had a tough first season in Nashville, as Easterling notes, but he finished the campaign strong, and he’s going to have at least another year to right the ship before the Titans even start thinking about moving on. to something else.

Instead of going with an edge rusher at No. 26 overall, the Titans would be better served by targeting a position of need on offense, such as at tackle, guard, wide receiver or tight end.

Easterling, however, has Tennessee serving its needs in this simulation. He selects Coastal Carolina tight end Isaiah Likely for the Titans in the third round.

After having a trio of one-dimensional tight ends in 2021, Likely would give Tennessee the complete, all-around player in the position they need.

Probably is a talented pass catcher who possesses the speed to get vertical in the passing game, but has also received praise for his blocking skills.

From the network project:

“Probably is a very effective blocker and at Coastal Carolina they put him in several positions to execute key blocks. Sometimes they lined him up at the back and put him in motion to become the main blocker on the running plays and he does it effectively. When he’s lined up at the receiver, they threw receiver screens from the peloton formation and made him the blocker tasked with chasing the pointer out of the play.”

While we’d certainly agree with the likely pick, we’d rather the Titans go a different direction in the first round than what Easterling has them here.

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