2021 Fantasy Football Sleepers

David Montgomery

  • Had the second most Fantasy points of all running backs the last 6 weeks of the 2020 season
  • 7th Easiest SOS

J.K. Dobbins

  • Ravens lost Mark Ingram
  • Greg Roman, the team is working this off-season to expand 2nd year RB J.K. Dobbins’ role in the passing attack
  • Averaged 6.0 yards per carry in 2020 which was 3rd in the NFL
  • 15th SOS Rating

Raheem Mostert

  • Lost Jerick McKinnon, Tevin Coleman in 2020 (and Matt Breida in 2019)
  • Competition is Wayne Gallman, Trey Sermon and eventually Jeffrey Wilson
  • I see Mostert winning the starting job over all 3 other running backs
  • Easiest SOS

Najee Harris

  • The Steelers are a team that hasn’t been shy about giving running backs 18-plus touches per game with Mike Tomlin at the helm
  • You don’t draft a three-down back like Harris in the first round and put him in some timeshare
  • 5th easiest SOS

Carson Wentz

  • We’ve legitimately seen Wentz perform as a top-five fantasy quarterback in Frank Reich’s offense before
  • The Colts offensive line might be better than the one the Eagles had in the days he was in the MVP race
  • Wentz has posted QB1-type numbers in 44.1 percent of the games in his career, which ranks as the 16th best quarterback over the last 15 years
  • 7th easiest SOS

Ryan Tannehill

  • Tannehill became the starter of the Titans in Week 7 of 2019. Since that time, he’s tallied 575.3 fantasy points, which ranks third among quarterbacks
  • He’s finished with more fantasy points than Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray, and Deshaun Watson in the last 2 seasons
  • Juilo Jones only helps his Value
  • 22nd SOS rating

Matthew Stafford

  • Since 2011, Stafford has thrown for 4K yards 8 times with mostly awful Lions teams
  • Upgrades to offensive guru Sean McVay as his new head Coach
  • Jared Goff averaged 4,270 yards per season season under McVay
  • Stafford gets an upgrade from Detroit in almost every offensive position group
  • 9th easiest SOS

Brandon Aiyuk

  • Aiyuk will now turn into the Top Target in San Fran alongside Deebo Samuel
  • San Fran lost: Kendrick Bourne, Jerick McKinnon, Jordan Reed (Thats 1151 yards up for grabs and 7 touchdowns)
  • Aiyuk was the 49ers leading receiver in 2020 while only playing in 12 games
  • Easiest SOS

Brandin Cooks

  • 10th most Fantasy points of all Wide Receivers the last 6 weeks of the 2020 season
  • Texans lost Will Fuller V (The teams second leading receiver by far 879 and 8 Touchdowns up for grabs)
  • 24 SOS rating

Robby Anderson

  • Gets his old QB back from New York, Anderson and Darnold had a real connection in new york. And now under the guidance of Matt Rhule and Joe Brady that connection should be even stronger.
  • Panthers lost Curtis Samuel and Mike Davis this offseason (Thats 1124 yards and 5 touchdowns up for grabs)
  • 2nd easiest SOS

Cooper Kupp

  • There’s more to his game than what we’ve seen, and it’s possible that Matthew Stafford unlocks it. Of the eight deep targets he saw in 2020, just one was catchable.
  • The Rams lost both Josh Reynolds and Gerald Everett in 2020 (Thats 1035 yards and 3 touchdowns up for grabs)
  • 4th Easiest SOS

Logan Thomas

  • 3rd most Fantasy points of all Tight Ends the last 6 weeks of the 2020 season
  • He went on a tear to finish the season and ended up as the TE6 in all of fantasy football
  • 8th Easiest SOS

Robert Tonyan

  • 5th most Fantasy points of all Tight Ends the last 6 weeks of the 2020 season
  • Was second among tight ends in yards per target in 2020
  • 21st SOS

Tyler Higbee

  • Takes over as the clear TE1 in Los Agles with the dapartur of Gerald Everett
  • There’ve been six times over the course of Higbee’s career where he’s tallied more than 67 yards. Five of those games came at the end of the 2019 season when Gerald Everett was either out of the lineup or very limited.
  • Eliminating Everett’s targets and upgrading Higbee’s quarterback is the recipe for success
  • 29th SOS

Kyle Pitts

  • With the departure of Julio Jones opens up a much bigger role for the versatile TE/WR Pitts
  • He’s one of the most physically gifted tight ends to ever come out of the draft
  • Should have a huge role in Arthur Smiths new offense

Titans 2021 Draft Targets:

Draft Notes:

  • The Titans must get another quality receiver to start opposite of budding superstar A.J. Brown in order to truly realize this offense’s full firepower.
  • The team still needs to get another starting-caliber cornerback as the team is currently slated to start former second-round pick Kristian Fulton and recent free-agent signing, Kevin Johnson
  • The Titans still need to continue to improve the overall depth behind Dupree and Landry. It would be wise for them to try and hit on one or two of the talented pass rushers in this class
  • The Titans could also look to draft a tight end in this draft. While Firkser and Swaim are good players, they could use some extra help in filling the void left by Jonu Smith’s departure
  •  The Titans really need to add some depth to the Saftey position through the draft

Titans Draft Needs:

  • CB
  • WR
  • TE
  • Offensive Line Depth
  • EDGE
  • Defensive Line Depth

First Round:

Teven Jenkins

Gregory Rousseau
Jaelan Phillips
Azeez Ojulari

Elijah Moore
Rondale Moore
Kadarius Toney

Zaven Collins

Jaycee Horn
Caleb Farley

Second Round:

Dillon Radunz
Samuel Cosmi

Dyami Brown

Rashad Weaver
Ronnie Perkins

Levi Onwuzurike

Greg Newsome II
Asante Samuel Jr.

Third Round:

Quinn Meinerz
Kendrick Green

Patrick Johnson
Jordan Smith
Quincy Roche

Tommy Togiai
Osa Odighizuwa

Brevin Jordan

Jaelon Darden
Tylan Wallace
Cade Johnson

Monty Rice

Ifeatu Melifonwu
Eric Stokes

Divine Deablo

Fourth Round:

Brady Christensen
Spencer Brown

Deonte Brown

Patrick Jones II

Milton Williams

Hunter Long


D’Wayne Eskridge
TuTu Atwell
Dax Milne

Baron Browning
Dylan Moses

Shaun Wade
Tre brown
Ambry Thomas
Shakur Brown

Tariq Thompson
Trill Williams

Fith Round:

Tommy Doyle

Chris Rumph II

Chuba Hubbard
Pooka Williams Jr.
Jaret Patterson

Kary Vincent Jr.
Shemar Jean-Charles

Damar Hamlin

Sixth Round:

Tristen Hoge

Brian Robinson Jr.

Anthony Schwartz
Shi Smith

Ian Book
Sam Elinger

Talanoa Hufanga
Tre Norwood

Seventh Round:

Dustin Crum

Justin Rice

(Almost all Ratings are an average of player grades over the last 3 to 4 years of grades combined)

Prospect Breakdowns:

Cornerbacks:

CB/S Shaun Wade (3rd-4th)
Prospect #122 in Draft

  • One of the best tackling CBs in the class
  • Has the size/length to transition to safety easily
  • 70.2 Overall Grade
  • 85.2 Passer Rating Allowed
  • 63.9% Completion Percentage Allowed
  • 63.8 Coverage Grade
  • 61.1 Man Coverage Grade

CB Kary Vincent Jr. (4th-5th)

  • Opted out 2020 Season
  • Reliable slot corner
  • Vincent looks like a slot only for man coverage and man-match teams
  • 68.7 Overall Grade
  • 64.2 Coverage Grade
  • 73.8 Passer Rating Allowed
  • 54% Completion Percentage Allowed
  • 70.2 Man Coverage Grade

Shemar Jean-Charles (5th-6th)

  • Led the Nation with 16 pass breakups
  • First-team All-American by Walter Camp Football Foundation in 2020
  • Semifinalist for the Bednarik Award (nation’s top defender) and Thorpe Award (nation’s top defensive back)
  • PFF’s Sun Belt Player of the Year as a senior
  • According to PFF, ranked the 16th-best player in all of college football in 2020
  • 78.0 Overall Grade
  • 59.6 Passer Rating Allowed
  • 32.7% Completion Percentage Allowed
  • 84.3 Coverage Grade
  • 74.7 Man Coverage Grade

Tre Brown (3rd-4th)

  • Does not give an inch at the line of scrimmage
  • Brown should be a slot corner in a matchup- or man-heavy scheme
  • Impressive Senior Bowl Tape
  • 4.40 Speed
  • 47.7% Completion Percentage allowed
  • 69.8 Coverage Grade
  • 75.7 Passer Rating Allowed
  • 68.8 Overall Grade
  • 54.2 Man Coverage Grade

Jaycee Horn (1st)

  • Man-corner mentality. In the opponent’s grill every snap
  • Has the physical skillset and the mindset to be a top press-man corner in the NFL
  • 73.6 Overall Grade
  • 74.6 Passer Rating Allowed
  • 33.3% Completion Percentage Allowed
  • 78.0 Coverage Grade
  • 67.9 Man Coverage Grade

Caleb Farley (1st)

  • Biggest weakness is his Press-Man Coverage and Experience
  • Great ball production. Six picks in two seasons
  • Sat out the 2020 season
  • 71.85 Overall Grade
  • 61.65 Passer Rating Allowed
  • 90.5 Coverage Grade
  • 36.0% Completion Percentage Allowed
  • 58.4 Man Coverage Grade

Greg Newsome II (Early 2nd)

  • Allowed one catch on 15 targets of 10+ yards in 2020
  • Has 4.38 speed
  • 65.3 Overall Grade
  • 89.3 Passer Rating Allowed
  • 35.3% Completion Percentage Allowed
  • 83.8 Coverage Grade
  • 82.3 Man Coverage Grade

Asante Samuel Jr. (Early 2nd)

  • Special change-of-direction ability
  • 19.7% forced incompletion rate was his worst single-season mark (2019)
  • His breaks are second to none in the class
  • 77.3 Overall Grade
  • 76.7 Passer Rating Allowed
  • 59.4% Completion Percentage Allowed
  • 82.8 Coverage Grade
  • 69.3 Man Coverage Grade

Ifeatu Melifonwu (Late 2nd- Early 3rd)

  • Melifonwu is a project, but you rarely see corners with his physical tools
  • Smooth transitions for a player his size. Easy glider
  • Has “unicorn” physical ability
  • 75.5 Overall Grade
  • 78.5 Passer Rating Allowed
  • 66% Completion Percentage Allowed
  • 79.3 Coverage Grade
  • 73.5 Man Coverage Grade

Olaijah Griffin (3rd-5th)

  • Plays with an angry demeanor
  • One of the highest-graded corners in man coverage in 2020 (77.5)
  • 67.1 Overall Grade
  • 81.5 Passer Rating Allowed
  • 47.1% Completion Percentage Allowed
  • 81.5 Coverage Grade
  • 77.5 Man Coverage Grade

Eric Stokes (2nd-3rd)

  • Well-versed in press coverage (400 such snaps the past two years)
  • Barely tested and stingy in 2020. Allowed .51 yards per coverage snap
  • One thing to know: Stokes allowed the second-lowest completion percentage (18.2%) and Total QBR (1.3) in press coverage in the FBS last season
  • 78.7 Overall Grade
  • 60.1 Passer Rating Allowed
  • 57.1% Completion Percentage Allowed
  • 73.4 Coverage Grade
  • 81.0 Man Coverage Grade

Ambry Thomas (3rd-5th)

  • 4.37 Speed
  • Never gave up more than 72 yards in coverage in any game in his career
  • Only four career missed tackles
  • Press-man-heavy Michigan scheme is great for pro projection. (Had 122 such snaps in 2019)
  • 78.5 Overall Grade
  • 28.15 Passer Rating Allowed
  • 53.2% Completion Percentage Allowed
  • 82.1 Coverage Grade
  • 74.2 Man Coverage Grade

Shakur Brown (3rd-4th)

  • On the slower end for a corner with 4.61 Speed
  • Confidence for days. Wants to embarrass the guy across from him
  • He’s a versatile and feisty corner
  • 70.9 Overall Grade
  • 66.3 Passer Rating Allowed
  • 61.9% Completion Percentage
  • 84.2 Coverage Grade
  • 75.2 Man Coverage Grade

Safties:

Damar Hamlin (4th-5th) Saftey

  • His angles coming downhill and ability to read concepts are both top-notch
  • Great Senior Bowl Performance
  • 6 interceptions in 5 seasons at Pitt
  • 21 Passes Defended in 5 seasons at Pitt
  • Not a coverage guy, hes a hard-hitting saftey who is more than willing to help out in the run game
  • 87.4 Run Defense Grade
  • 65.8 Overall Grade

Divine Deablo (3rd) Saftey

  • It’s rare to see someone Deablo’s size still deemed a safety at the college (6’3″ 226lbs)
  • Played Slot Corner (201 Snaps), Linebacker (259 Snaps), and Free Safety (155 Snaps) in 2020
  • 85.9 Coverage Grade
  • 72.0 Overall Grade
  • 12.5% Forced Incompletion Rate

Talanoa Hufanga (6th)

  • Thumper of a safety. Puts fear in receivers over the middle
  • Jumbo safety at 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, who could even have linebacker in his future
  • Value added as a Blitzer. Can defeat blocks. Six sacks the past two seasons
  • 85.6 Coverage Grade
  • 74.3 Overall Grade
  • 4.4% Forced Incompletion Rate

Tre Norwood (6th-UDFA)

  • Converted corner who flourished in his lone season at safety
  • Reads quarterbacks like a book
  • Pure Cover Saftey
  • 86.5 Coverage Grade
  • 67.7 Overall Grade
  • 13.3% Forced Incompletion Rate

Tariq Thompson (4th-5th)

  • Thompson is an “all-timer” at the college level from a PFF grading perspective
  • Four straight seasons of quality coverage grades (Over 3,000 career snaps)
  • One of the best underneath coverage players in the class
  • Played Majority of snaps at Slot Corner, but played FS and in the Box as Well
  • 78.4 Coverage Grade
  • 80.8 Overall Grade
  • 7.5% Forced Incompletion rate

Trill Williams (4th)

  • Williams started off his college career as an outside cornerback
  • Elite all-around athlete
  • Legit tape at outside cornerback as a freshman
  • 4.42 Speed
  • 78.7 Coverage Grade
  • 71.3 Overall Grade
  • 19.1% Forced Incompletion rate

Offensive Tackles:

Dillon Radunz OT (Early 2nd)

  • Mauls like a wrestler
  • Glides in space. Can do anything you’d ask a tackle to do athletically
  • Starting Tackle for NDSU for 3 Seasons
  • 87.3 Overall Grade
  • 0 Sacks Allowed in 2019 (16 Games)
  • 10 Hurries Allowed in 2019 (16 Games)
  • 89.3 Pass Block Grade
  • 85.3 True Pass Set Grade

Brady Christensen OT (3rd-5th)

  • “NFL-ready consistent technique”
  • Very steady snap to snap
  • His best fit will be a zone-heavy scheme where he could step in right away
  • Back-to-back years of elite grades in pass protection
  • 96.0 Overall Grade (Elite Grade)
  • 1 Sack Allowed in 2020 (12 Games)
  • 2 Hurries allowed in 2020 (12 Games)
  • 95.2 Pass Block Grade
  • 88.9 True Pass Sets Grade

Spencer Brown (4th-5th) OT

  • An incredible physical specimen at 6-foot-9, 325pounds
  • Looks like a tight end on the move
  • Brown is built like a World’s Strongest Man competitor
  • 62.2 Overall Grade
  • 2 Sacks Allowed in 2019 (13 Games)
  • 16 Hurries Allowed in 2019 (13 Games)
  • Apparently ran a 4.88s 40-yard dash
  • 70.5 Pass Block Grade
  • 66 True Pass Set Grade

Teven Jenkins (1st Round)

  • Impressive strength in hands and upper body. Imposes will when he gets hold of guys
  • Jenkins is a will-imposer, a nasty blocker who bullies Defensive Lineman
  • 76.3 Pass Block Grade
  • 84.4 True Pass Set Grade
  • 0 sacks Allowed in 2020 (448 Snaps)
  • Can play RT and LT

Samuel Cosmi (Late 1st-Early 2nd)

  • One of the most battle-tested tackles in the country, with 495 career true pass sets under his belt
  • Terrific overall athlete. Looks like a huge tight end
  • 89.4 Pass Block Grade
  • 84.0 True Pass Set Grade
  • 2 sacks allowed in 2020 (605 Snaps)

Tommy Doyle (5th Round)

  • A big bear of a left tackle. Towered over his competition
  • Glides off the line in a way that’s rare for such a large man
  • Three straight seasons with 80.0-plus pass-blocking grades
  • 6-foot-7, 315 lbs
  • 80.2 Pass Block Grade
  • 89.1 True Pass Set Grade
  • Can play RT and LT
  • 1 sack allowed in 2019 (758 Snaps)

Offensive Guards:

Deonte Brown (3rd-5th) OG

  • Elite drive blocker. “Doubt he’s lost many Oklahoma drills”
  • Brown is very fun to watch
  • Hasn’t allowed a single sack in 3 years at Alabama
  • 69.8 Overall Grade
  • 0 Sacks Allowed in 2020 (13 Games)
  • 12 Hurries Allowed in 2020 (13 Games)
  • 77.2 Pass Block Grade
  • 60.4 True Pass Sets Grade

Quinn Meinerz OG/C (2nd-3rd)

  • Comes off the line low as can be. Battering ram.
  • Straight-line explosiveness is elite. Can move grown men.
  • Impressive Senior Bowl Tape
  • Really improved his draft stock at the senior bowl practices
  • Associated Press first-team All-America
  • American Football Coaches Association first-team All-America
  • D3football.com second-team All-America
  • One of the only 2 IOL with a Tru pass sets grade over 80.0
  • 86.5 Overall Grade
  • 87.5 Pass Block Grade
  • 80.2 Gap Grade
  • 82.4 True Pass Sets Grade

Tristen Hoge OG (6th-UDFA)

  • Mindset coaches will love. Looking to hurt people
  • Will take a defensive tackle for a ride when he catches them. A lot of juice in his lower half
  • 0 Sacks Allowed in 2020 (8 Games)
  • 2 Hurries Allowed in 2020 (8 Games)
  • 69.7 Overall Grade (3 years combined)
  • 82.3 Pass Block Grade
  • 73.2 True Pass Sets Grade

Kendrick Green (3rd)

  • His tape is some of the most fun to watch of any offensive lineman in the class
  • Compares to Netane Muti
  • Can get out of his stance and scoot. Earned a 92.3 run-blocking grade on outside zone
  • Three-year starter whose grade has jumped significantly each season
  • 0 sacks allowed in 2020 (527 Snaps)
  • More of a run blocker than a pass blocker
  • 75.2 Overall Grade (3 years Combined)
  • 88.5 Run Block Grade
  • 93.6 Zone Blocking Grade
  • 75.2 Pass Blocking Grade
  • 70.9 True Pass Sets Grade

Tight Ends:

Brevin Jordan (4th-5th)

  • Fastest Tight End in college football
  • Looks like a jumbo running back post-catch
  • 1,358 yards receiving in 3 years at Miami
  • 13 touchdowns in 3 years at Miami
  • 68.8 Overall Grade
  • 78.0 Receiving Grade
  • 2.7 Yards Per Route Run
  • 7.3% Drop rate
  • 25.0% Contested Catch Rate

Hunter Long TE (4th)

  • Powerful Player
  • Very solid and reliable receiver
  • 83.2 Receiving Grade
  • 1,297 yards receiving in 3 years at Boston College
  • 9 touchdowns in 3 years at Boston College
  • 77.4 Overall Grade
  • 1.74 Yards Per Route Run
  • 5.0% Drop Rate
  • 45.8% Contested Rate

Running Backs:

HB Chuba Hubbard (4th-6th)

  • Terrific jump cut ability. Bounces on a dime
  • Led the nation in carries in 2019 with 328. Never slowed down.
  • Very Decisive Runner
  • 81.3 Overall rating
  • 71.8 Rushing Grade
  • 44.3 Elusive rating
  • 2.5 Yards After Contact
  • Rushed for over 2,000 yards in 2019
  • 5.7 Yards per Attempt

HB Pooka Williams Jr. (5th-6th)

  • Seemingly gets faster out of his cuts. Unique suddenness
  • Broken tackle numbers don’t do him justice. Guys miss so badly they aren’t even counted as tackle attempts
  • Deadly angle routes. Could even transition to the slot. One career drop.
  • Future may be as a slot or gadget player
  • 83.1 Overall Grade
  • 74.4 Rushing Grade
  • 76.5 Elusive Rating
  • 2.52 Yards After Contact
  • 5.4 Yards per Attempt

HB Jaret Patterson (4th-6th)

  • Laser-sharp cuts. Such impressive balance
  • All the traits necessary to be a deadly receiver out of the backfield
  • Patterson is the best pure scatback in the class
  • 83.5 Overall Grade
  • 88.5 Rushing Grade
  • 159.2 Elusive Grade
  • 4.74 Yards After Contact
  • Rushed for over 1,000 yards all the years at college
  • Averaging and Insane 6.3 Yards Per Carry

HB Brian Robinson Jr. (6th-7th)

  • 80.5 Overall Grade
  • 89.5 Rushing Grade
  • 100.3 Elusive Rating
  • 4.05 Yards After Contact
  • Reminds me of Josh Jacobs, lightly run Alabama Running Back with Fresh legs
  • 4.7 Yards Oer Attempt

Demetric Felton RB (4th)

  • Shifty
  • Slot Receiver/Running Back
  • Runs routes like a polished wide receiver
  • Over 1,100 yards rushing in 4 years at UCLA
  • 958 yards receiving in 4 years at UCLA
  • 69.4 Overall Grade
  • 80.3 Rushing Grade
  • 91.5 Elusive Rating
  • 3.36 Yards after contact
  • 4.7 Yards per Attempt

Wide Receivers:

Dyami Brown WR (2nd)

  • Led the Nation in YPC (Min. 50 Receptions) with 20 yards per Catch
  • Clean release package that can win early in his NFL career
  • Plays above his weight class. Wanted to initiate contact downfield.
  • 82.2. Receiving Grade
  • 70.2 Overall Garde
  • 3.11 Yards Per Route Run
  • 6.8% Drop Rate
  • 36.0% Contested Catch Rate
  • 76.9 Grade Vs Man Coverage

*D’Wayne Eskridge (4th)

  • Lightning-fast. Pure blazer
  • Proven deep threat on the outside. Over 20 yards per catch his past two full seasons
  • Eskridge’s Senior Bowl performance will be massive for his stock
  • Over 20 yards per catch his past two full seasons
  • His tape was borderline unfair this past season
  • 84.8 Receiving Grade
  • Led the nation in YPR (Min. 30 Receptions)
  • 8.1% Drop Rate
  • 4.94 yards per route run
  • 85.9 Receiving Grade
  • 83.4 Overall Grade
  • 45.5% Contested Catch Rate
  • 68.3 Grade Vs Man Coverage

*Jaelon Darden (3rd)

  • The bounciness of his cuts is incredible to watch. Loses no speed
  • Speed to take the top off a defense. So many house calls in 2020
  • There are only a few receivers every year with game-breaking athleticism. Darden is certainly one of them
  • 23 broken tackles on 74 catches in 2020
  • Game-breaking shiftiness and athleticism
  • 89.9 Receiving Grade
  • 81.2 Overall Grade
  • 4.32 Yards Per Route Run
  • 8.6% Drop Rate
  • 0% Contested Catch Rate
  • 91.4 Grade Vs Man Coverage

Tylan Wallace (3rd)

  • Explodes off the line of scrimmage. Has the juice to outpace corners
  • Ridiculously productive. Over 100 yards per game the past three seasons
  • 43 contested catches are the most in FBS past three years
  • Super solid reliable receiver
  • Some of the best hands in all of college football last season
  • 86.2 Receiving Grade
  • 84.5 Overall Grade
  • 3.26 Yards Per Route Run
  • 6.3% Drop Rate
  • 56.5% Contested Catch Rate
  • 72.7 Grade Vs Man Coverage

Anthony Schwartz (5th-7th)

  • Fastest receiver in the class. Not a debate. 10.09- second personal best in 100m
  • Very raw football player, used mostly for screens and fly routes
  • Hung out to dry by his QB. So many missed opportunities where Schwartz got open deep
  • “That level of speed is at least worth a flier” – PFF
  • 1,433 yards receiving in 3 years at Auburn
  • 10% Drop Rate
  • 2.31 yards per route run
  • 33.3% Contested Catch Rate
  • 71.6 Receiving Grade
  • 70.0 Overall Grade
  • 75.6 Grade Vs Man Coverage

Shi Smith (5th-7th)

  • Insane Senior bowl tape
  • Livewire with the ball in his hands. As agile as he is fast
  • Has some serious highlight-reel catches on tape
  • QB situation and South Carolina passing game didn’t help his career numbers
  • 2,204 yards receiving in 4 years at South Carolina
  • 448 Kickoff Return yards in 4 years at South Carolina
  • 80.8 Receiving Grade
  • 69.8 Overall Grade
  • 2.59 Yards Per Route Run
  • 9.5% Drop Rate
  • 21.4% Contested Catch Rate
  • 60.2 Grade Vs Man Coverage

WR Tutu Atwell (3rd-4th)

  • Elite athlete by pretty much any measure. Speed, agility, explosiveness — he has it
  • 25 career deep catches are ninth-most in college football over the past three seasons
  • “If your offense needs speed, Atwell can give that to you” – PFF
  • 4.2% Drop Rate
  • 2.44 yards per route run
  • 75.0 Overall Grade
  • 76.6 Receiving Grade
  • 45.5% Contested Catch Rate
  • 87.1 Grade Vs. Man Coverage

WR Dax Milne (3rd-5th)

  • Strong hands and exceptional body control
  • Wants to get physical along his routes
  • Milne is an NFL-caliber route-runner
  • 2.8% Drop Rate
  • 3.75 yards per route run
  • 68.8 Overall Grade
  • 89.6 Receiving Grade
  • 60.0% Contested Catch Rate
  • 70.1 Grade Vs Man Coverage

WR Elijah Moore (1st-Early Second)

  • Ideal combination of speed and quicks for the slot. A threat to get deep
  • As reliable as it gets. Only two drops this year; 10 on 200 catchable targets in his career
  • The focal point of the Ole Miss offense. Screen and YAC weapon. He broke 18 tackles this season
  • “I wouldn’t put it past him to be productive on the outside” – PFF
  • 2.3% Drop Rate
  • 3.85 Yards Per Route Run
  • 79.5 Overall Grade
  • 92.4 Receiving Grade
  • 73.3% Contested Catch Rate
  • 90.4 Grade Vs Man Coverage

WR Rondale Moore (1st-Early Second)

  • One of the most electric players with the ball in his hands in college football
  • Contact rarely slows him down
  • Elite stop-start ability. Can go from 0-100 and 100-0 in the blink of an eye
  • Moore has the physicality to win in diverse ways in the NFL
  • 0.0% Drop Rate (Only 3 games in 2020)
  • 2.25 Yards Per Route Run
  • 82.4 Overall Grade
  • 79.7 Receiving Grade
  • 25% Contested Catch Rate
  • 81.8 Grade Vs Man Coverage

WR Kadarius Toney (1st-Early Second)

  • Rare ability with the ball in his hands. Some might say generational
  • Elite acceleration
  • Only three career drops on 123 catchable passes
  • 2.8% Drop Rate
  • 2.62 Yards Per Route Run
  • 82.5 Overall Garde
  • 87.5 Receiving Grade
  • 42.9% Contested Catch Rate
  • 87.5 Grade Vs Man Coverage

Cade Johnson (3rd Round)

  • Gets up to full speed so quickly
  • He can throttle down as quickly as he gets up to speed — sudden athlete
  • Highest graded WR in the one-on-ones at the Senior Bowl
  • 86.7 Overall Grade
  • 5.3% Drop Rate
  • 3.91 Yards per Route Run
  • 85.8 Receiving Grade
  • 60% Contested Catch Rate
  • 67.3 Grade Vs Man Coverage

EDGE and Outside Linebackers:

Patrick Johnson (3rd-4th)

  • Kind of recklessness you love to see from a pass-rusher. Sells out completely.
  • He possesses that uncoachable sixth sense as a pass-rusher where he knows where the
    tackle’s hands are going before they go there.
  • 24.5 Career Sacks
  • 3rd most sacks in 2020 (10)
  • 85.8 Pass-Rush Grade
  • 78.0 Overall Grade
  • 91.9 True Pass Rush Grade
  • 18.6% Pass Rush Win Rate

Patrick Jones II (3rd-5th)
Prospect #138 in Draft

  • The whole toolbox of pass-rushing moves already. Already has a euro-step cross chop
  • Long, lanky 6-foot-5 frame ideal for playing on the edge
  • 19 sacks in the past 2 years combined
  • To go along with the sacks he also has an 84.2 Run-Stop Grade
  • 5th in the nation last season with 9 sacks
  • 68.9 Pass Rush Grade
  • 78.1 Overall Grade
  • 72.0 True Pass Rush Grade
  • 13.7% Pass Rush Win Rate

Rashad Weaver (2nd-3rd)

  • Terrific at combo-ing moves. Usually starts with long-arm, but has a number of counters
  • Weavers moves should immediately translate in the run game
  • Arguably the best run-defending edge in the draft
  • 21.1% Pass-Rush Win Rate
  • 90.0 Pass-Rush Grade
  • 91.4 True Pass-Rush Grade
  • 86.3 Overall Grade
  • Weaver is a high-floor edge rusher
  • 79.8 Run Defense Grade

Jordan Smith (3rd-4th)

  • He’s a lengthy edge who understands how to use his arms to gain the upper hand
  • Can close ground on a ball carrier in space
  • 26.1% Pass-Rush Win Rate
  • 91.4 Pass-Rush Grade
  • 91.8 True Pass Rush Grade
  • 88.9 Overall Grade
  • Back-to-back years of elite grading and production
  • 73.8 Run Defense Grade

Chris Rumph II (4th-5th)

  • Very effective as a stand-up LB on the interior
  • A motor that won’t quit
  • “You won’t find a more skilled pass rusher in the draft class” – PFF
  • 23.1% Pass-Rush Win Rate
  • 78.1 Pass-Rush Grade
  • 77.7 True Pass Rush Grade
  • 74.7 Overall Grade
  • A pass-rushing toolbox that can stand up with NFL veterans
  • 64.1 Run Defense Grade

Gregory Rousseau (1st)

  • Former wide receiver
  • Also deadly from an interior alignment. Length and first step dominate guards
  • 17.6% Pass-Rush Win Rate
  • 80.7 Pass-Rush Grade
  • 87.2 True Pass Rush Grade
  • 74.7 Overall Grade
  • Had a 16 sack season in 2019
  • Egregiously freaky build. Like an ideal edge defender who got stretched out

Quincy Roche (3rd-4th)

  • Few better in-country at reading opposing OTs. Takes advantage of any misstep
  • Elite production in both Group of Five and Power Five
  • 104 pressures between Temple and Miami, there’s been no more productive pass rusher in
    college football over the past two seasons than Roche
  • 16.4% Pass-Rush Win Rate
  • 87.7 Pass-Rush Grade
  • 88.6 True Pass Rush Grade
  • 84.2 Overall Grade
  • 70.3 Run Defense Grade

Jaelan Phillips (1st)

  • Has some filthy euro-step moves
  • Dominated guards. Too long and quick when rushing from the interior
  • Blows through contact. Linemen have to get him cleanly to slow him down
  • 20.4% Pass-Rush Win Rate
  • 87.6 Pass-Rush Grade
  • 88.9 True Pass Rush Grade
  • 76.8 Overall Grade
  • Oozes power. Able to move large humans with one hand
  • 83.0 Run Defense Grade

Ronnie Perkins (2nd-Early 3rd)

  • Legit speed. Chased down a WR screen that went away from his side against Texas Tech
  • Starting ever since freshman year with improvement every season
  • Has the combination of flexibility and twitch that everyone is looking for
  • 24.7% Pass-Rush Win Rate
  • 90.4 Pass-Rush Grade
  • 87.0 True Pass Rush
  • 77.2 Overall Grade
  • Works speed to power as well as any undersized edge in the country
  • 90.7 Run Defense Grade

Azeez Ojulari (1st)

  • Arguably the best cornering ability in the class
  • Timing and rush plan are tremendous
  • First step that puts fear in OTs. Always a threat to get to the edge
  • One of the most advanced pass rushers in the class
  • 24% Pass-Rush Win Rate
  • 91.7 Pass-Rush Grade
  • 91.7 True Pass Rush Grade
  • 84 Overall Grade
  • 72.8 Run Defense Grade

Defensive Lineman:

Tommy Togiai (3rd)

  • Nimble enough to make guards and centers worry
  • He consistently disrupted opposing offenses
  • 16.1% Pass-Rush Win Rate
  • 77.0 Pass-Rush Grade
  • 71.2 True Pass Rush Grade
  • 76.9 Overall Grade

Osa Odighizuwa (3rd)

  • 13 Sacks in 3 years at UCLA
  • Explosiveness and speed are pluses. UCLA even gave him some off-ball reps in 2019
  • Earned an 89.7 pass-rushing grade in true pass-rushing situations in 2020
  • 77.5 Pass Rush Grade
  • 81.4 True Pass Rush Grade
  • 14.1% Pass Rush Win Rate
  • 78.1 Overall Grade

Levi Onwuzurike (2nd-3rd)

  • One of the most explosive defensive tackles in the country. Can fly off the line
  • He has the explosiveness necessary to be a difference-maker as a pass rusher in the NFL
  • 78.6 Pass Rush Grade
  • 80.6 True Pass Rush Grade
  • 15.2% Pass Rush Win Rate
  • 86.6 Overall Grade

Milton Williams (4th-5th)

  • 13 sacks in 2 years at Louisiana Tech
  • Couple of nice pass-rushing moves and uses Euro step to set up guards
  • A mix between a huge EDGE rusher and a Smaller DT
  • Power on contact was too much for C-USA linemen
  • 89.7 Pass Rush Grade
  • 91.2 True Pass Rush Grade
  • 21.8% Pass Rush Win Rate
  • 81.7 Overall Grade

Middle Linebacker:

Zaven Collins LB (1st)

  • Freak of nature. Size and length you do not often see at off-ball linebacker
  • Shuts down throwing lanes. Pain for quarterbacks to throw over
  • Edge rusher-type skill set when blitzing
  • Highest Graded Linebacker in 2020 (91.1)
  • Over 90.0 (Elite) Coverage AND Pass Rush grade

Monty Rice MLB (3rd-4th)

  • Wraps up in space about as well as any LB in the country. Under 10% missed tackle rate in career
  • Second best Pass Rush grade (85.8) for a Middle Linebacker
  • Biggest strength according to PFF is “Speed”

Justin Rice MLB (6th-UDFA)

  • Transferred from Fresno state to Arkansas State in 2020
  • Interesting player, went from a more prototypical Linebacker at Fresno to a Pass rusher at Arkansas State
  • 7 Sacks in 2020 (In 10 Games)
  • 66.9 Overall Grade

Baron Browning MLB (3rd-4th)

  • “He’s got the closest physical skillset in the class to Micah Parsons”
  • “Elite size-speed combination for the position”
  • 70.2 Overall Grade (Graded over 69.6 in every single category, good all-round Linebacker)
  • Biggest Strength is Physical tools

Dylan Moses (4th)

  • One of the best tacklers in the class. Only 13 misses on 192 career attempts
  • Moses was the 2016 Butkus Award recipient as the nation’s top high school linebacker
  • He is a project player, he is very raw but there is no denying the talent
  • 56.4 Overall Grade

Quarterback:

Ian Book QB (6th-7th)

  • High Floor low ceiling type prospect
  • Improved every year at Notre Dame
  • Is a winner
  • 147.0 Passing Efficiency rating (33rd in the Nation)
  • 63.8% Completion Percentage
  • Over 1,500 rushing yards in college
  • 74.7 Passing Grade
  • 75.5 Overall Grade
  • 102.6 Passer Rating

Dustin Crum QB (7th-UDFA)

  • Insane efficiency throwing the ball
  • 68.7% Completion Percentage (3rd in the Nation)
  • 163.5 Passing Efficiency rating (4th in the Nation)
  • 35/6 Touchdown to Interception ratio in college
  • Over 1,300 rushing yards for career

Sam Ehlinger QB (5th-7th)

  • Most Touchdowns versus pressure in 2020
  • 62.5% Completion Percentage in College (2017-20)
  • Over 1,900 rushing yards and 33 Rushing touchdowns in Career
  • 145.0 Passing Efficiency rating
  • 76.5 Passing Grade
  • 85.2 Overall Grade
  • 104.0 Passer Rating

My Top 5 sleeper picks from 2020: Where are they Now?

 

Javelin Guidry (Undrafted)                                                                                                         5-10, 190lb                                                                                                                     Position: DB

Guidry caught my attention at the NFL combine after he ran the fastest 40-yard dash for a Defensive Back at the NFL Combine (4.29) and also had the 3rd most Benchpress reps for a Defensive Back at the NFL Combine (21). He ended up going undrafted and Guidry was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent following the 2020 NFL Draft. He was promoted to the Jets active roster on October 1, 2020, and made his NFL debut in the Jets week 4 loss to the Denver Broncos that day. He came in and had an immediate impact on the Jets defense. In just 11 games and 171 defensive snaps, Guidry forced 4 fumbles, had 15 solo tackles, and even recorded a QB hit and knockdown. Became a regular special teams player as well recording 90 special teams snaps in 11 games for the Jets. Newyorkjets.com said, “Javelin Guidry is an intriguing project, who opened some eyes his rookie campaign”. For an undrafted rookie, Guidry exceeded all expectations and with his athleticism, the sky is the limit if he can get the proper coaching.

 

 

Harrison Bryant (4th round (115th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft)                      6-5, 243lb                                                                                                                            Position: TE

Coming into the Draft Bryant was criminally underrated. He was one of the most solid and best all-around Tight ends coming out of college in a while. He led all Tight Ends with 1,004 yards receiving in 2019, and for a former offensive tackle in high school, those are some impressive numbers. Bryant won the John Mackey Award in 2019 and was named unanimous first-team all-American. He won’t wow you with athleticism but he had everything you want from a Tight end, legit blocking talent, great pass-catching ability, and enough of a route tree and route-running ability to consistently get open against linebackers. In his first season in the NFL, the 4th round pick played in 15 games starting in 9 of them. Starting 9 games doesn’t seem like a huge accomplishment for a 4th round pick, but when you consider the talent in that Cleveland Browns tight end room (which includes Austin Hooper and David Njoku) it’s a huge accomplishment and shows just how much that Browns coaching staff trusts him. Over 58% of his catches went for first downs (14 out of 24) and Bryant also caught 3 touchdowns in his rookie campaign. By the end of the season, Bryant had played 56% of the Browns offensive snaps and also contributed on special teams playing 30% of special teams snaps.

 

 

Isaiah Rodgers   (6th round (211th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft)                       Position: CB /KR

I was baffled at the lack of attention Isaiah Rodgers was getting coming into the 2020 NFL Draft. He was one of the most electric and consistent return-men in NCAA history.  In 4 years at UMASS, he racked up over 2,300 kick return yards and averaged 23.6 yards per return. His senior season he led the Nation in Combined Kick Returns (1,415 Yards) and was named PFF College All-America First Team (Kick Return). On top of being an elite threat in the return game, Rodgers was a big-time playmaking corner as well. In his 4 years at Massachusetts Rodgers pulled in 11 interceptions, 34 passes defended, 9.5 tackles for loss, and 242 interception return yards.  Watching the tape I felt this guy was going to be one of the biggest steals in draft history. In his first season in the NFL, he showed why he was a PFF all first-team returner in college. He racked up 704 all-purpose return yards (5th Most in the NFL) and averaged a very impressive 28.8 yards per kickoff return (3rd best in the NFL). In October, Rodgers recorded a 101-yard kickoff return touchdown against the Browns to help the Colts get back into that game. Rodgers didn’t see much of a defensive role this season with the Colts, only playing 51 defensive snaps, but you might see him in an expanded role in the next few seasons.

 

Harrison Hand  (5th round (169th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft)                          5-11, 197lb                                                                                                                    Position: CB

Hand caught my attention before the combine for his solid senior year stats as well as his College tape. He showed great ability and willingness to tackle and seek out contact. He has a firey on-field personality and great instincts. Hand really opened my eyes with his NFL combine performance recording the Highest verticle jump for a defensive back at the NFL combine (41″) and also the 2nd best Longjump for a defensive back at the NFL combine (133″). Harrison had an insanely solid season for the Vikings. Playing in 14 games (Starting 1) Hand allowed an outstanding 55% completion percentage as well as a passer rating of just 74.6 when targeted. Playing in just 15% of defensive snaps, Hand racked in one Interception (Picking off Drew Brees in Week 16 )  3 passes defended, and 14 solo tackles in his rookie campaign.

 

 

Lynn Bowden Jr. (3rd round (80th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft)                        5-11, 204lb                                                                                                                                        Position: WR/RB/QB

Heading into the Draft, no one was really sure what position Bowden was going to play in the Pros. In his senior season, Bowden was converted from a Wide Receiver/Running Back to a lethal dual-threat Quarterback. He was so versatile of a college player he won the Paul Hornung Award in 2019 (Past winners include Tavon Austin, Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, Odell Beckham Jr.). His college resume included over 1,300 career receiving yards, over 1,500 career rushing yards, over 1,800 career return yards, and 500 yards passing his senior season. I seriously felt like Bowden could come in and be the “Next Taysom Hill”, giving the offense that drafted him an advantage of mystery every time he was on the field due to how versatile his skill set is and the countless things you can do with him in the proper scheme. Bowden was drafted by the Raiders but later traded to Miami where he found his position as a gadget Wide receiver. Bowden played in only 10 games his rookie season, starting 4 of them. He tallied an insane 75.7% catch percentage and a perfect 0.0% drop percentage on 37 targets. He recorded a total of 211 receiving yards, 32 rushing yards, and 32 passing yards on the season.

 

Where Should The Tennessee Titans Go From Here? Free Agency Edition 3/19

 

When you look at the current Tennessee Titans roster you get a feeling this team isn’t quite done making moves this offseason. We have to admit, free agency did not start off how most Titans fans envisioned; Corey Davis leaves for the Jets, Jonnu Smith leaves to go play with the Patriots, and then out of nowhere we release both our starting cornerbacks from the 2020 season. Now, this article’s purpose is not to dwell in the past but to now look forward to the future. Who are the players the Titans should pursue in the open market with what limited cap space this team still possesses? Well, as soon as you see this Titan team’s depth chart there are 2 obvious holes, Cornerback and Wide Receiver. The team has already brought in the likes of savvy veteran Janoris Jenkins and former first-round bust Kevin Johnson to attempt to fill the void left a cornerback, but I still don’t think this will be near enough to fill the huge void. So let’s take a look at some players that could come in and fill that void that are still currently available and on the open market.

 

Brian Poole 

Poole is a physical slot corner who has been putting up some very impressive numbers the past two seasons with the New York Jets. Over the past two years combined, he is only allowing a 76.45 passer rating when targeted and has given up only one touchdown. That play resulted in PFF ranking him as the ninth and 11th best cornerback in 2019 and last season, respectively. Poole has dealt with injury concerns, but the Titans would be getting a very consistent slot corner which they so desperately need.

Key Stats:    (Last 3 years Combined and averaged)     

  • Touchdowns Allowed –  0.6 Touchdowns allowed per season
  • Completion Percentage Allowed – 60.1% Completion Percentage Allowed
  • Yards Per Completion Allowed – 11.3 Yards per Completion
  • Passer Rating Allowed – 76.45 passer rating when targeted
  • PFF Gade – 72.4 Overall Grade

 

 

Bashaud Breeland

Against passes of 20 or more air yards last season, Breeland was one of the best in the league. per Sports Info Solutions, he allowed two receptions on 13 targets for 60 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. Among cornerbacks with at least 10 deep targets, nobody allowed a lower QBR than Breeland’s 6.73. The only knock on Breeland is his inconsistency, the veteran cornerback had three games with a PFF coverage grade above 80.0 this past season, but he also one of 32.2 and another of 43.1 as well as two games in the 50s. I know PFF grades don’t mean a whole lot but you can get some valuable information out of them, and this does back up the point that he can be inconsistent.

Key Stats:    (Last 3 years Combined and averaged)     

  • Touchdowns Allowed – 3 Touchdowns allowed per season
  • Completion Percentage Allowed – 49.9% Completion Percentage Allowed
  • Yards Per Completion Allowed – 14.3  Yards per Completion
  • Passer Rating Allowed – 72.3  passer rating when targeted
  • PFF Gade – 58.1 Overall Grade

 

 

Casey Hayward Jr. 

Hayward really came into his own with the Chargers, making two Pro Bowls and garnering two All-Pro selections. With Los Angeles, Hayward started 75 games and snagged 14 interceptions, breaking up 66 passes. Hayward was Pro Football Focus’s top coverage defender in 2017. Sadly,  Hayward’s best days are probably behind him. Four years after earning a 91.1 Pro Football Focus grade, he posted a 59.5 mark in 2020. Also, he allowed opposing offenses to gain yards in chunks and gave up 16.3 yards per completion last season. He would still be a solid option and an automatic upgrade over whoever the Titans have at Cornerback right now.

Key Stats:    (Last 3 years Combined and averaged)     

  • Touchdowns Allowed – 3.3 Touchdowns allowed per season
  • Completion Percentage Allowed – 54.9%  Completion Percentage Allowed
  • Yards Per Completion Allowed – 14.2  Yards per Completion
  • Passer Rating Allowed – 91.5  passer rating when targeted
  • PFF Gade – 73.6 Overall Grade

 

 

Xavier Rhodes (Off-Market)

Rhodes showed last year that he could still be a quality starter in the NFL even as he crossed the age of 30. He signed a one-year deal with the Colts and went on to notch 12 pass breakups and allowed just 51.3% completion rate in coverage in 2020. He also had two interceptions with one of those being returned for a touchdown. Rhodes may still have something left in the tank and could very well be a key defensive component if he ends up in Nashville.

Key Stats:    (Last 3 years Combined and averaged)     

  • Touchdowns Allowed – 3.6 Touchdowns allowed per season
  • Completion Percentage Allowed – 64.9%  Completion Percentage Allowed
  • Yards Per Completion Allowed –  12.2 Yards per Completion
  • Passer Rating Allowed – 97.8  passer rating when targeted
  • PFF Gade – 60.3 Overall Grade

 

Kyle Fuller (Off-Market)

One of the better cornerbacks in the NFL is about to hit the open market. According to multiple media reports, the Chicago Bears plan to release Kyle Fuller this week, putting a former All-Pro out on the market as a street free agent. This would be an absolutely huge pickup for the Titans if they could get this deal done it would boost that defense tremendously.

Key Stats:    (Last 3 years Combined and averaged)     

  • Touchdowns Allowed – 3 Touchdowns allowed per season
  • Completion Percentage Allowed – 60.8%  Completion Percentage Allowed
  • Yards Per Completion Allowed – 12  Yards per Completion
  • Passer Rating Allowed – 85.2 passer rating when targeted
  • PFF Gade – 69.8 Overall Grade

 

T.J. Carrie

Carrie is someone who could help the Titans check off an item from their to-do list; adding Carrie as an economical free agent would give the team a possible starter opposite Janoris Jenkins while letting the Titans remain flexible on draft day. The team would more than likely still need to draft a cornerback, but it wouldn’t be a first-round necessity.

Key Stats:    (Last 3 years Combined and averaged)     

  • Touchdowns Allowed – 1 Touchdown allowed per season
  • Completion Percentage Allowed – 60.5 %  Completion Percentage Allowed
  • Yards Per Completion Allowed – 12.8 Yards per Completion
  • Passer Rating Allowed – 86.4 passer rating when targeted
  • PFF Gade – 64.6 Overall Grade

 

Darqueze Dennard

A first-round pick in 2014, some scouts believed Dennard would be the next big thing. I think we all know that didn’t happen. He’s started 30 games in his seven seasons and intercepted four passes. He played nine games for Cincinnati in 2019 and eight games for Atlanta in 2020.  He allowed a catch rate of 41.4 percent in 2019 and 48.7 percent in 2020. His career missed-tackle rate is 5.6 percent. He’ll turn 30 in October.

Key Stats:    (Last 3 years Combined and averaged)     

  • Touchdowns Allowed – 1.6 Touchdown allowed per season
  • Completion Percentage Allowed – 60.7%  Completion Percentage Allowed
  • Yards Per Completion Allowed – 10.1 Yards per Completion
  • Passer Rating Allowed – 86.4 passer rating when targeted
  • PFF Gade – 68.9 Overall Grade

 

Jason McCourty

McCourty may be coming off an inconsistent season and will turn 34 in August, but he can still have value to a team like the Titans if used to his strengths: he is no longer a number one cornerback to be left on an island, but still has the speed, football IQ and strong technical foundation to work as a rotational number two/three guy at cornerback either on the perimeter or in the slot. Optionally, as the Patriots did at times in 2020, he also could be used as a deep-field safety.

Key Stats:    (Last 3 years Combined and averaged)     

  • Touchdowns Allowed – 3.3 Touchdown allowed per season
  • Completion Percentage Allowed – 55.0%  Completion Percentage Allowed
  • Yards Per Completion Allowed – 13.1 Yards per Completion
  • Passer Rating Allowed – 92.6 passer rating when targeted
  • PFF Gade – 69.7 Overall Grade

 

Now to look at the other big hole in the depth chart at the moment, Wide Receiver:

 

Kenny Stills

Tennessee still has more work to do with its receiving corps, and I expect them to address that with at least one more signing, and at least one pick during the 2021 NFL draft. Stills is a former teammate of Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill during their days with the Miami Dolphins, said earlier in the month it “would make sense” for him to play in Tennessee in 2021.

Key Stats:   (Last 3 years Combined and averaged) 

  • Drop Percentage: 8.03% Drop Percentage
  • Passer Rating when Targeted: 99.1 Passer Rating when targeted
  • Yards per Reception: 14 yards per reception
  • Catch Percentage: 62.8% Catch Percentage
  • First Down Percentage: 66.0% First Down Percentage
  • PFF Gade – 65.0 Overall Grade

 

Cordarrelle Patterson

Last year in Chicago, the 30-year-old receiver caught 21 passes for 132 yards and zero touchdowns over 16 games. In the return game, he returned 35 kicks for 1,017 yards, including one touchdown that went for 104 yards. That particular return was the longest in Bears franchise history, and it was his eighth career touchdown on kick returns, tying him with Josh Cribbs and Leon Washington for the all-time lead in NFL history. Cordarrelle Patterson is a number of things: Wide receiver, running back, return specialist. All of those things make him the type of versatile offensive weapon that could really open up the field for A.J. Brown and Derrick Henry if used correctly.

Key Stats:   (Last 3 years Combined and averaged) 

  • Drop Percentage: 2.5% Drop Percentage
  • Passer Rating when Targeted: 100.7 Passer Rating when targeted
  • Yards per Reception: 8.5 yards per reception
  • Catch Percentage: 74.5% Catch Percentage
  • First Down Percentage: 42.0% First Down Percentage
  • PFF Gade – 65.8 Overall Grade

 

Dede Westbrook

Westbrook could come in and fill the WR 3/4 role well enough, so the Titans dont have to invest an early draft pick in it. While the team excels at drafting receivers, they have a lot of holes that will need to be filled this year. Westbrook is a band-aid, but one that the team could utilize in the short-term. Add in his return ability, and he could really help fill out this depth chart.

Key Stats:   (Last 3 years Combined and averaged) 

  • Drop Percentage: 2.9% Drop Percentage
  • Passer Rating when Targeted: 86.3 Passer Rating when targeted
  • Yards per Reception: 11.1 yards per reception
  • Catch Percentage: 61.6% Catch Percentage
  • First Down Percentage: 53.1% First Down Percentage
  • PFF Gade – 62.8 Overall Grade

 

Golden Tate

Golden Tate isn’t the player he used to be, but he can still contribute at a high level when on the field. He’s a real force after the catch, having racked up 5.8 yards after the catch per reception as recently as 2019. That was good for the seventh-best mark among all qualified WRs. With most of the big-name players off the market, he would be a very solid choice for the Titans if they are looking for a solid veteran presence to add to the receiving core.

Key Stats:   (Last 3 years Combined and averaged) 

  • Drop Percentage: 3.8% Drop Percentage
  • Passer Rating when Targeted: 93.0 Passer Rating when targeted
  • Yards per Reception: 11.8 yards per reception
  • Catch Percentage: 63.4% Catch Percentage
  • First Down Percentage: 50.2% First Down Percentage
  • PFF Gade – 70.0 Overall Grade

 

Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola has built a successful career for himself as one of the league’s better slot receivers. Though he’s not the player he was in his prime, Amendola proved he can still contribute as a high-level role player, coming off back-to-back 600-yard seasons with the Detroit Lions. Now a free agent, his history of stellar playoff performances makes him an intriguing target for the WR needy Titans.

Key Stats:   (Last 3 years Combined and averaged) 

  • Drop Percentage: 2.5% Drop Percentage
  • Passer Rating when Targeted: 81.4 Passer Rating when targeted
  • Yards per Reception: 10.6 yards per reception
  • Catch Percentage: 68.4% Catch Percentage
  • First Down Percentage: 57.1% First Down Percentage
  • PFF Gade – 71.0 Overall Grade

 

Damiere Byrd

While Byrd can’t be a successful offense’s most heavily used wide receiver, he certainly could be a decent option in three-receiver sets to help keep a defense honest. Byrd is undersized and he’s insanely speedy (4.28 40 yard dash) and always a threat for a big play.

Key Stats:   (Last 3 years Combined and averaged) 

  • Drop Percentage: 3.7% Drop Percentage
  • Passer Rating when Targeted: 82.2 Passer Rating when targeted
  • Yards per Reception: 12.0 yards per reception
  • Catch Percentage: 65.3% Catch Percentage
  • First Down Percentage: 54.8% First Down Percentage
  • PFF Gade – 62.9 Overall Grade

Tennessee Titans Defensive Pre-Season Position Grades:

Defensive Line:

Jeffery Simmons, DaQuan Jones, Jack Crawford, Larrell Murchison, Jordan Williams, Matt Dickerson, Amani Bledsoe, Joey Ivie IV, Isaiah Mack, Teair Tart, Kobe Smith

Grade: C+

This is a very inexperienced group. Between these 11 players, they produced only 4.5 sacks and just 7 tackles for loss last season. The loss of Pro-Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey really hurt the group’s grade in the end. I see this as an average defensive line in the NFL or maybe even slightly below average.

 

 

Inside Linebackers:

Rashaan Evans, Jayon Brown, Nick Dzubnar, David Long Jr., Nigel Harris, Cale Garrett

Grade: B+

The Titans have a very solid group of guys at Middle Linebacker. This is perhaps one of the most solid group of Linebackers in the AFC. Once again this core doesn’t have any “big names” but they do their job week in and week out.

 

 

Outside Linebackers/Edge Rushers:

Harold Landry, Vic Beasley Jr., Kamalei Correa, D’Andre Walker, Reggie Gilbert, Derick Roberson, Khaylan Kearse-Thomas

Grade: B

The Titans have a very exciting group at outside linebacker. Every player in this group can make plays and get after the Quarterback. With the addition of  Vic Beasley who was the NFL sack leader from 2016, and with D’Andre Walker coming back from injury, this should elevate this group to the next level this season.

 

 

Cornerbacks:

Adoree` Jackson, Malcolm Butler, Kristian Fulton, Johnathan Joseph, Tye Smith, Chris Milton, Kenneth Durden, Ibraheim Campbell, Chris Jackson

Grade B+

The loss of Logan Ryan hurts, but this new look Cornerback group is ready for 2020. With the addition of Kristian Fulton and Jonathan Joseph, the loss of Ryan shouldn’t be that big of a deal. Malcolm Butler who only played 9 games last season will also be returning to action. So if everyone stays healthy, it should be a very solid and impressive season for this Cornerback group.

 

 

Safties:

Kevin Byard, Kenny Vaccaro, Amani Hooker, Dane Cruikshank, Joshua Kalu, Kareem Orr

Grade: A

This group is the obvious strength of the Defense. The Titans have perhaps the best Saftey in all of football in Kevin Byard and his counterpart Kenny Vaccaro is also a very solid Saftey. The two backup Safties (Hooker and Cruikshank) are very capable of stepping in and being starters as well.

Tennessee Titans Offensive Pre-Season Position Grades:

 

Quarterback:

Ryan Tannehill, Logan Woodside, Cole McDonald

Grade: B+

Ryan Tannehill was arguably a top 5 quarterback last season. Leading the NFL in passer rating and yards per attempt while placing third in completion percentage and 9th in Adjusted Quarterback Rating. Logan Woodside and rookie Cole McDonald will fight it out for the backup role during the offseason. McDonald brings a lot of upside due to the fact he is only 21 and has been putting up some eye-opening numbers at the University of Hawaii over the past three seasons.

 

 

Running Back:

Derrick Henry, Darrynton Evans, Khari Blasingame, Dalyn Dawkins, David Fluellen, Cameron Scarlett, Senorise Perry, Shaun Wilson

Grade: A+

The Tennessee Titans have one of the best, if not the best Running Back core in the NFL. Having the NFL rushing leader should get an automatic A+.

 

 

Offensive Line:

Taylor Lewan, Rodger Saffold, Ben Jones, Nate Davis, Isaiah Wilson, Dennis Kelly, Ty Sambrailo, David Quessenberry, Avery Gennesy, Jamil Douglas, Daniel Munyer

Grade: B-

The Titans O-Line was a shaky unit last season. On one hand, they gave up up the third-most sacks in the league last season. On the other hand, they helped block for Derrick henry who was the leagues leading rusher last season. This line is good at one thing and one thing only, run blocking. If the unit can step up in the pass pro category they would be an Elite group.

 

 

Tight Ends:

Jonnu Smith, Anthony Firkser, MyCole Pruitt, Cole Herdman, Tommy Hudson, Parker Hesse

Grade: B

Jonnu Smith has really broken out these past two seasons establishing himself as a reliable starting Tight End. Anthony Firkser has been a very reliable backup these past two seasons, having only one drop in 44 Targets since 2018. MyCole Pruitt has been just as reliable, recording zero drops on 19 targets since 2018. This group doesn’t have any “big names”, but they are just about as reliable as it gets.

 

 

Wide Receivers:

Corey Davis, AJ Brown, Adam Humphries, Kalif Raymond, Trevion Thompson, Cody Hollister, Nick Westbrook, Kristian Wilkerson, Mason Kinsey, Rashard Davis, Cameron Batson

Grade: B

After the top three guys, there are a lot of unknowns. Davis is a former top 5 pick with amazing hands and a huge catch radius. AJ Brown is coming off a monster year and will be looking to build on his production from last season. Humphries is the reliable slot receiver that was injured a good portion of last season and will look to get more involved in the offense this year. Unless someone steps up big this season, the Titans receiving core is right at average or maybe a little above.

 

Tennessee Titans Backup Plan:

With Jadeveon Clowney still on the open market, there is a lot of speculation of where he is going to end up. Right now it’s a 45/45/10 split between the Titans, Seahawks, and Browns. It seems to be down to the Titans and Seahawks with the latest rumor being the Seahawks just offered the star pass-rusher a 16 million dollar per year deal. The Titans general manager John Robinson said on a local radio show this morning that “nothing is imminent” between the team and Jadeveon Clowney in terms of a contract. So let’s say the Tennessee Titans fail to land Clowney, what would the next move be? Well, let’s look at team needs, with the departure of Jurell Casey, Austin Johnson, and Cam Wake earlier this offseason there is a glaring need at Pass Rush and Interior Defensive Line. The loss of Casey hurts the Titans in a few areas, Casey was a dominate player in the run game as well as being able to rush the passer. In 14 games last season Casey had 5 sacks, 5 tackles for loss, as well as 10 Quarterback hits. So can the Titans find a replacement on the Free Agency market that can provide the same amount of production that Casey left behind? Let’s look at some options.

The first name that comes to mind is All-Pro nose tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison. Harrison is a prolific run-stopper and is exactly what the Titans need upfront. With the addition of “Snacks”, the Titans would automatically become a top tier run-stopping team and have the pieces on the edge to do some major damage in the pass-rushing category as well. In 15 games last season Harrison had 2 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, as well as 2 Quarterback Hits. The addition of Damon Harrison would be an upgrade over Casey in the run game, but a major downgrade in the Pass rushing category.

 

Another player still on the open market is Probowl defensive tackle, Mike Daniels. Formally of the Detroit Lions, Daniels would bring a lot of energy to the Titans front line while also being a great defensive anchor. He doesn’t provide as much run-stopping expertise as Damon Harrison, but he provides a bit more of a pass rush form the Defensive tackle spot. Daniels has struggled with injuries the past two seasons and hasn’t played over 10- games since his Pro-Bowl season in 2017 where he put up 5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, and 14 Quarterback Hits. Daniels would be a great piece too big in to replace Casey, they are very similar players and I know he would fit in quite nicely.

 

If the Titans fail to land Clowney there are still some very good Edge rushers on the open market.

The most obvious option would be Everson Griffen. The 4-time Pro-Bowler would immediately slide into a starting role with the Titans and bring a much-needed tenacity to the edge-rushing role.  In 15 games last season Griffen racked up 8 sacks, 11 Tackles for loss, and 24 Quarterback hits. Bringing in Griffen on a one year deal would make complete sense for the Titans if they miss out on the Clowney sweepstakes.

 

Another option would be to bring in Markus Golden. Golden is more of a speed rusher, compared to Griffen who uses more of his power is pass-rushing scenarios. Golden really came into his own this past season racking up 10 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, and 27 Quarterback hits. Golden would be a great addition to the Titans pass-rushing core and would have an immediate impact.

Tennessee Titans Undrafted Free Agents:

Cameron Scarlett | RB | Stanford

  • Was named the Stanford Cardinal team MVP
  • 2017 All-Pac-12 honorable mention
  • Was one of the top return-men the Country in 2017 Racking up 1008 return yards with an average kick return of 25.8 yards
  • Over 800 yards rushing in 2019
  • 240 yards receiving in 2019

 

Mason Kinsey | WR | Berry

  •  D3football.com third-team All-American
  • Invited to prestigious East-West Shrine Bowl
  • Closed the season with 65 receptions, 1,221 yards & 16 receiving TD’s in 11 games
  • Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds

 

Kyle Williams | WR | Arizona State

  • 482 yards receiving in 2019

 

Kristian Wilkerson | WR | Southeast Missouri

  • Second-Team All-OVC selection in 2018
  • 1350 receiving yards in 2019
  • 24 touchdowns in the last 2 season at SEMO

 

Tommy Hudson | TE | Arizona State

  • 112 yards Receiving in 2019

 

Brandon Kemp | OL |  Valdosta State

  • D2 Conference Commissioners Association All-America Second Team
  • As a redshirt freshman, Kemp started every game on the offensive line

 

Anthony Mckinney | OT | TCU

  • Started all 11 games at Left Tackle for TCU

 

Teair Tart | DT | FIU

  • 2020 NFLPA Bowl Invite
  • 2019 Phil Steele Preseason All-Conference USA First Team
  • 6 sacks in 2 years at FIU
  • 19.0 Tackles for Loss in 2 years at FIU

 

Kobe Smith | DT | South Carolina

  • A veteran who provided leadership along the defensive line… appeared in 48 games making 17 starts… recorded 84 tackles including 7.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks with seven quarterback hurries.
  • 2018 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll

 

Khaylan Kearse-Thomas | LB | Arizona State

  • Reliable performer, playing in all 13 games in each of the past two seasons
  • 4.5 Sacks including 12.5 tackles for loss in 2019
  • 2 interceptions in 2019

 

Cale Garrett | LB | Missouri

  • 2018 1st-Team All-SEC (Pro Football Focus)
  • 2x SEC Defensive player of the week in 2019
  • Named Team Captain in 2018
  • Only Played 5 games in 2019
  • 2 Sacks, 5 Tackles for Loss and a Fumble Recovery in 5 games
  • 3 interceptions in 2019 (In 5 games)
  • 43 tackles in 5 games in 2019

 

Nick Westbrook WR Indiana University

6’3″

  • Nick was the top Statistical Wide Receiver in all of High School for the 2015 Season averaging 156.3 yards per game and snagging a total of 22 touchdowns in just 13 games
  • In 2019 Nick was named Team Captain and was a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy
  • Westbrook finished his College career with 144 receptions for 2,226 yards and 16 touchdowns
  •  Westbrook played in the 2020 East-West Shrine Bowl

 

 

 

 

 

Tennessee Titans 7 Round Mock Draft: (With Trades Trades) 1.0 and 2.0

Trade:

Tennessee Receives Picks: 40, 90, 111                                                                                Houston Receives Pick: 29   

Pick #40: Jordan Elliott | DI

Pick #61: Isaiah Wilson | OT

Pick #90: Amik Robinson | CB

Pick #93: Zack Moss | RB

Pick #111: K’Von Wallace | SCB/S

Pick #174: Jauan Jennings | WR

Pick #224: Josh Love | QB

Pick #237: Blake Brandell | OT

Pick #243: Kelly Bryant  | QB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draft #2:

Trade:

Tennessee Receives Picks: 39, 56, 70                                                                                  Miami Receives Picks: 29, 174          

Pick #39: Jordan Elliott | DI

Pick #56: Terrell Lewis | EDGE

Pick #61: Amik Robertson | CB

Pick #70: Lucas Niang | OT

Pick #93: Zack Moss | RB

Pick #224: Josh Love | QB

Pick #237: Blake Brandell | OT

Pick #243: Malcom Perry | QB/ATH

 

 

Tennessee Titans 7 Round Mock Draft: (No Trades) 1.0 and 2.0

Pick #29: A.J. Terrell | CB

Pick #61: Jordan Elliott | DL

Pick #93: Willie Gay Jr. | LB

Pick #174: JJ Taylor | RB

Pick #224: Marquez Callaway | WR

Pick #237: Blake Brandell | OT

Pick #243: Mason Fine | QB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draft #2:

 

Pick #29: K’Lavon Chaisson | EDGE

Pick #61: Amik Robertson | CB

Pick #93: Raekwon Davis | DI

Pick #174: J.J. Taylor | RB

Pick #224: Marquez Callaway | WR

Pick #237: Kelly Bryant | QB

Pick #243: Blake Brandell | OT