If the season ended today, here’s what the Tennessee Titans could do in the 2018 NFL Draft in the first three rounds.
Vita Vea,Washington, 27th overall
The Titans need more pass rushers. The problem is, there are not many elite edge rushers available picking late in the first round.
Have not seen a D-lineman like #Washington’s Vita Vea in person this year. It’s amazing to see a 340-pound man who can move like this. he’s absolutely abusing these Wazzu OLs.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 26, 2017
Tennessee does the next best thing. The Titans draft their anchor to solidify the nose tackle position for years to come.
Vita Vea, DT Washington, beats the double team for the sack pic.twitter.com/jF5o6um9l0
— Erik Schlitt (@erikschlitt) November 30, 2017
Vea is an agile, 6’5″ mountain in the middle. He weighs over 330 pounds, but moves like he weighs 250. Vea constantly draws double, even at times triple team blocks. His ability to disrupt and garner focus frees up teammates. Imagine what Jurrell Casey could do if the opposing interior line is compromised with the massive behemoth Vea.
Joshua Jackson, 59th, Iowa overall
Jackson likely may have played his way into the first round. But if he’s available here, the Titans should consider drafting him.
He’s had a solid season at Iowa. His big game against Ohio State helped play a role in spoiling the Buckeyes playoff aspirations. His size is ideal for the position at 6’1″, 192. He has a natural ability for dissecting the play and finding the football when it’s in the air.
Iowa CB Joshua Jackson fields the lowest passer rating when targeted among draft-eligible B1G CBs. He was targeted 88 times this season, only giving up 39 receptions while intercepting 7 passes and breaking up 17 more. pic.twitter.com/BYK8KCxjWu
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) December 4, 2017
Jackson had a few quiet seasons and only had one game of starter experience to his credit prior to this season. He has seven interceptions on the season and leads the nation in passes defended.
The Titans secondary has been better than expected this season, adding a player like Jackson could help solidify the position for the future. He would fit in perfectly with Kevin Byard, Adoree Jackson and Logan Ryan.
Josey Jewell, Iowa, 91st overall
The Titans take another Hawkeye here. The senior and leader of the Iowa defense is a productive player. He has the awards and accolades to prove it.
— The Iowa Hawkeyes (@TheIowaHawkeyes) November 30, 2017
Jewell is a tackling machine. He’s managed to rack up over 115 tackles for the past three seasons. His instincts and high motor make him a force on the defensive side of the ball. Jewell earned the title of Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.
He was awarded the prestigious Jack Lambert Award that recognizes the top linebacker at the collegiate level. Notables who have also won this award include Luke Kuechly, Von Miller and Patrick Willis – just to name a few.
Jewell would be a nice fit as an inside linebacker. He needs a little polish in pass coverage, but can be solid in all other aspects of his game. He has the type of controlled violence the Titans defense hasn’t had in a while.
Plus, he’s a really, really good football player.
Stats referenced at ESPN.com
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