With the eighteenth pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans select…
18. Tennessee Titans: Mike Williams, WR | Clemson
The Titans are back on the clock at pick number 18 and after presumably taking a standout defensive player in the secondary at pick number 5. Tennessee should be set on taking an offensive playmaker for quarterback Marcus Mariota with this selection. But wait, Mike Williams is still on the board? Crazier things have happened. Corey Coleman went 15th last year but it wasn’t until the early 20s when all the other receivers came off the board. Alright chances are the Clemson standout receiver is not around for the Titans this late into the first round (nor will tight end OJ Howard be for that matter). With teams like Cincinnati, Buffalo, Arizona and even Philadelphia all possibly in the mix for receiver help, Tennessee might need to trade up to ensure they get their hands on Williams. If Lattimore or one of the top safeties is not there when the Titans pick at 5, I would’t be surprised if the Titans make the decision to grab Williams early to make sure they don’t miss out on him later. If they do presumably get their guy at 5 and aren’t able to land Williams, look for any of the other top receiving prospects like Corey Davis, John Ross, or tight end David Njoku at this spot.
If none of these prospects is available, things could get interesting. The Titans aren’t necessarily stacked along the front seven so I’m sure they’d entertain the idea of grabbing a linebacker like Reuben Foster or Hassan Reddick if they are still on the board or maybe even a local guy like Zach Cunningham of Vanderbilt or Jarrad Davis of Florida. The draft is deep at pass rusher as well so can’t rule out a Tak McKinley, Chris Wormley or Malik McDowell here. Last year the Titans moved around and after grabbing tackle Jack Conklin in the first ended up with 3 second round picks which netted them OLB Kevin Dodd, nose tackle Austin Johnson and running back Derrick Henry. If the guy the Titans want is not there at 5 or 18 GM Jon Robinson won’t be shy trading back to compile more picks as Tennessee currently lacks a second round selection in this years draft.