The 2021 NFL Draft is in the books. 259 players now have new homes. Almost assuredly, every team got every player they wanted exactly when they wanted to.
However, we are going to look at them through the prism of the way I thought they did. Did a team reach? Did they get a steal? How did that trade work out? Over the course of the next few weeks, I will recap every team’s draft class. Some will be solely be written word. Some will be accompanied by a video from the Deep Fried Draft YouTube channel with an expert from that team talking about their class.
Today, we look at the Tennessee Titans.
TITANS DRAFT CLASS
|1||22||CB||Caleb Farley||Virginia Tech|
|2||53||OT||Dillon Radunz||North Dakota State|
The Tennessee Titans were burned last year when they selected Georgia OT Isaiah Wilson. Due to multitudes of issues Wilson was released and is subsequentially out of the league. That didn’t preclude Tennessee from taking another risk on its 2021 first-round pick.
Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley is one of the most talented prospects at the position in this class. However, multiple injuries, that includes two back surgeries and a recent microdiscectomy. If he is healthy, he is probably the best CB on their roster. That is a big if though.
They didn’t take a risk in round two. Dillon Radunz is a tremendous offensive tackle prospect. He is strong and athletic. Radunz was voted the best offensive practice player at the Senior Bowl by his peers. The Titans signed Kendall Lamm to essentially a one-year contract this offseason, so Radunz may be taking over the right side soon.
Monty Rice tested like a slightly above-average athlete at the Georgia pro day. He also didn’t produce at a high clip in 2020. He was injured early in the week at the Senior Bowl. I had him as the 255th best prospect in this class.
The Titans drafted their new starting nickel corner with Elijah Molden. Poor testing knocked his final grade down for me. However, he shows tremendous ability on tape.
I love the skillset of Louisville WR Dez Fitzpatrick. He can be a deep threat or make plays over the middle. He was highly productive in 2020 and finished it off with a 4.46 forty at his pro day. I think Fitzpatrick will ultimately end up having a better career than his more touted teammate, Tutu Atwell.
I had a third-round grade on the former Pitt Panther edge rusher, Rashad Weaver. Weaver struggled a tad at the Senior Bowl but I think his upside was too great for Tennessee to pass on.
The two sixth-round selections made by the Titans, LSU WR Racey McMath and Oregon safety Brady Breeze, should both be quality special teams players. Especially McMath as a punt gunner.
The Titans signed the following undrafted free agents:
Naquan Jones, DT, Michigan State
Chandon Herring, OL, BYU
Tony Carter, FB, LSU
Miller Forristall, TE, Alabama
Cole Banwartm OG, Iowa
Blake Haubeil, K, Ohio State
Briley Moore, TE, Kansas State
Justus Reed, DL, Virginia Tech
Chandon Herring, OL, BYU
Next up we will look at the Minnesota Vikings!