How it went down..
The Tennessee Titans first order of business was selecting defensive lineman from N.C. State, Larrell Murchinson in the fifth round. The Titans then got busy in the 7th round by first selecting Hawaii quarterback, Cole McDonald. They then traded their 237th pick to the Kansas City Chiefs and in return they received the Chiefs 6th round draft pick for the 2021 NFL draft. Tennessee then selected another defensive player, Marshall’s Chris Jackson with their final pick of the 2020 NFL draft.
What can we expect from the 3 final day draftees.
Larrell Murchinson is an explosive, 6ft2, 297lbs, athletic defensive tackle that proved that he can play well at the collegiate level. He has shown that he is capable to play in multiple spots along the defensive line. Muchinson recorded 7 sacks across his first 6 weeks at N.C State before their defense collapsed with injuries. He is a high energy player that will give 110% on every snap although he needs to improve his strength, lateral movements and flexibility. Murchinson has a big skill set and I think has the ability for technical growth. This pick is a bit of a risk but it would be well worth it.
Cole McDonald is a low risk, high reward quarterback prospect. McDonald was highly productive in Hawaii’s run and shoot offense. He recorded over 8000 passing yards and 70 touchdowns for his college career. Cole has a lot of desirable traits for a quarterback including his size, athleticism, toughness, accuracy and most importantly, arm talent.
However, McDonald does have a few areas of concern. His decision making, processing, rhythm throwing mechanics are below average. Considering all of this, it leaves McDonald as an interesting prospect that will need a lot of developing before he will be able to make an impact at NFL level.
Chris Jackson adds another layer of versatility for the Tennessee Titans. The defensive back can play in multiple positions including cornerback and safety. He played 48 games throughout his college career with Marshall and where he is all-time leader in pass breakups. In 2019 he was also named first-team All-Conference USA. Jackson has a lot of work to do to play well at NFL level. However, he is a very intelligent player with infectious energy and I think he will be a valuable asset for the Titans in the future with his elite ball disruption ability.
Tennessee Titans Overall 2020 Draft Assessment
This draft was a calculated master class from Jon Robinson and the Tennessee Titans. The Titans identified their weaknesses and addressed them all in this draft. They kept most of their picks and added a 2021 6th round draft pick. The Titans may have reached on Isaiah Wilson but there aren’t many people that big that can move around like he can. Kristian Fulton could be the steal of the draft after being considered a first round pick by many experts. Darrynton Evans is electric and is the ideal partner in crime for Derrick Henry.
The question remains on whether they will get enough return from the players they drafted. Most of players selected have a lot of developing and work to do to be elite at NFL level. I do think that this was the year they could afford to take some risks as the Titans have a lot of talent as it is anyway. The Titans are hoping to add to that with these selections and with the right mindset I think these players have every chance to do so.