Titans 2019 NFL seven-round mock draft: NFL combine edition
The 2019 NFL draft arrives in Nashville in less than two months, meaning now's when things start to get a bit more serious.
While there's still time for prospects to improve their stock, the 2019 NFL combine helped give NFL staffs a clearer picture of the players they're targeting.
Here's a still-early projection of the Titans' 2019 draft, including all six of their picks (they traded their sixth-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for linebacker Kamalei Correa last season):
Round 1, 19th overall: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
Christian Wilkins would fill an area of need for the Titans; he's already got a rapport with coach Mike Vrabel; and he'd be an immediate plus for the locker room.
The only question is whether he'll still be around when the Titans pick.
Wilkins, who had 51 tackles, including 14 for a loss, and 5.5 sacks last season for Clemson, would give the Titans a complementary piece to Jurrell Casey on the defensive front. Plus, Vrabel already has recruited him once before, back when he was at Ohio State and Wilkins was in high school. Wilkins said he had a scheduled meeting with the Titans during combine week.
Wilkins became Clemson’s first winner of the William V. Campbell trophy, given to the college football player with the best combination of academics, community service and on-field performance. Put simply, he hits on all of the Titans' prerequisites.
Round 2, 51st overall: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College
The Titans need to shore up the interior of the offensive line, and Lindstrom is the second-ranked guard in this year's draft class, according to WalterFootball.com. Vrabel already has displayed an affinity for plucking talent from Boston College – see outside linebacker Harold Landry or strength and conditioning coach Frank Piraino – not to mention the fact that his son is a member of the Eagles' offensive line.
Lindstrom said he met with the Titans in Indianapolis last week.
Round 3, 83rd overall: Chase Winovich, OLB, Michigan
Chase Winovich ran the 40-yard dash in 4.59 at the combine, an impressive time for a 6-foot-3, 256-pounder coming off the edge. He's known for his nonstop motor and would be a solid complement to Landry on the other side of the Titans' 3-4 defense.
So much will depend on what happens in free agency, but if the Titans can improve their defensive line, bolster their offensive line and add an edge rusher with their first three draft picks, they should be in good shape.
Round 4, 115th overall: Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri
Here's another repeat pick of our post-Senior Bowl mock. The local kid still seems like a good fit.
Emanuel Hall wowed at the combine with his 11-foot, 9-inch broad jump, tied for second-best distance in combine history and the best ever by a wide receiver. His 40-yard dash time of 4.39 put him in a tie for sixth among wide receivers.
Hall also said he had had "a lot" of discussions with the Titans and that they were among the teams that had shown the most interest in him.
The 6-2, 182-pound receiver is from Franklin, where he graduated from Centennial High.
Round 5, 147th overall: Sutton Smith, OLB, Northern Illinois
He's undersized – heck, he was recruited as a running back – but he's got an uncanny knack for getting to the football.
Sutton Smith had 61 tackles with 26.5 tackles for a loss, 15 sacks and one pass broken up. With Brian Orakpo lost to retirement and Derrick Morgan lost to free agency, the Titans need all the depth at outside linebacker they can get.
Round 7, 211th overall: Hjalte Froholdt, OL, Arkansas
The most interesting player at this year's combine, Hjalte Froholdt – who became the first Danish player invited to the event – would give the Titans another boost at the interior of the offensive line, arguably the weakest position group last season.
The 6-foot-5, 306-pound guard still needs to develop more at his position, but he helped his stock at the combine, where he had 31 reps on the 225-pound bench press (tied for fifth among the 48 linemen who participated) and ran the 40-yard dash in 5.20 seconds (tied for 19th among the 38 linemen who participated).
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