Tennessee Titans NFL Draft Recap: Rounds 1-3

Round 1

The pick: Treylon Burks – WR – Arkansas

Athletically, if I had to give Burks a current pro comparison, it would be AJ Brown, whom the Titans traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the pick used to acquire Burks. This move made so much sense for the Titans, as both the team and AJ Brown’s representation were worlds apart, by all reports, on what it would take to keep him in Tennessee. The move and the pick give the Titans a much cheaper option for the next few years at receiver.

Round 2

The pick: Roger McCreary – DB – Auburn

As far as coverage skills are concerned, by all reports McCreary is an average player. However, where he excels is physicality and run support. This is why the Titans were comfortable taking him early in round 2. In his last season at Auburn, he only managed 14 pass breakups and 1 interception. On the flip side, he did have a career high 49 tackles, including two for loss with a sack to boot. Overall an average pick after hitting a home run with Burks in round 1.

Round 3

The picks: Nicholas Petit-Frere – OT – Ohio State and Malik Willis – QB – Liberty

The Titans have been very aggressive thus far in the draft, making several trades and acquiring picks and players. None of the moves are bigger for the future of the franchise, in my opinion, than opting to move up and take Malik Willis in the 3rd round with pick 22. GM Jon Robinson had to be licking his chops when he saw that this potential franchise-changing player was still on the board so late, and he got his guy. By all accounts, Willis is a high character individual with great intangibles and leadership skills. He will be a project at quarterback, but only using a 3rd round pick on him means the Titans didn’t overpay. OT Petit-Frere will help bolster an offensive line that has been depleted with injury over the last few seasons, and could be an eventual replacement for Taylor Lewan. While pass protection is any tackle’s specialty, as is the case with Petit-Frere, there is some work to be done with run blocking as the Titans deploy a rush-heavy attack with Derrick Henry.

Overall Thus Far

Overall, the Titans have been aggressive and drafted with conviction in the 2022 NFL Draft. That is all that any fan could ask for out of their team. While hitting two home runs with Willis and Burks is great, I wonder if the Titans will be haunted by overpaying for second round pick Roger McCreary. Only time will tell.

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