The Tennessee Titans are listed by CBS Sports as one of the teams that changed the most during the NFL Draft in 2022. Let’s take a look at every pick the Titans made in rounds 4-6.
The picks: Hassan Haskins – RB – Michigan, Chigoziem Okonkwo – TE – Maryland
Hassan Haskins was one of my favorite players to watch at the collegiate level, and honestly I’m surprised the Titans were able to snag him in such a late round. Overall, Haskins reminds me a lot of Derrick Henry with his physical, bruising run style that has defenses tapping out by the second half. The work he did against Ohio State in Michigan’s biggest game of the season was nothing short of spectacular, although his performance against the Georgia Bulldogs’ all-time defense was lacking in the Playoffs.
Chigoziem Okonkwo is an athletically gifted tight end out of Maryland. The Titans are incredibly depleted at tight end following the departures of Jonnu Smith and Anthony Firkser over the last several seasons. Okonkwo notched 5 TDs and over 400 yards during the 2021 season at Maryland. Ranked as the 9th overall tight end coming into the draft, getting him in the 4th round is a bit of a bargain and fills a great need for Tennessee.
The pick: Kyle Phillips – WR – UCLA
The Titans once again went with a skill position by selecting their second receiver of the draft. Phillips had several knocks on him physically such as having small arms, hands, and lacking top end speed. However, he is known as a savvy route runner and has great vision to gain yards after the catch. I would compare him to current rising NFL star Hunter Renfrow.
The picks: Theo Jackson – DB – Tennessee, Chance Campbell – LB – Ole Miss
I’m extremely partial to the University of Tennessee as an alumnus. Theo Jackson has been a bright spot for the Volunteers over the last several seasons in the secondary, piling up interceptions and playing aggressively in run support. Once again, the Titans get a physical DB, although this time the production from a coverage standpoint is definitely there. I love the idea of staying in state and getting a good talent at a bargain in the 6th round.
Chance Campbell had 12.5 tackles for loss and 109 tackles during his time at Ole Miss after transferring from Maryland. He has a nose foe the football and can add depth for a Titans defense that lacks big name talent but is always coached well and plays consistently.
Overall, I love most of the picks that the Titans made in the 2022 NFL Draft. They overpaid for some DB talent early on, but more than made up for it by snagging Malik Willis late in the 3rd and Hassan Haskins in the 4th. They replaced what would have been a high cap hit in AJ Brown with basically a clone of his in Treylon Burks. Tennessee is definitely better off as a franchise after this edition of the NFL Draft.