Over the course of May, both Kyle Crabbs and I will be assessing each team’s specific Draft class. The objective here is to identify value: where it was best and where it was worst. NDT Premium members will soon be able to access the comprehensive breakdowns of draft classes as well, which looks at the pick by pick breakdown of value across our respective 2017 NFL Draft boards. Today I look at the Tennessee Titans.
The full list of their 2017 NFL Draft class is below:
|5||WR||Corey Davis||Western Michigan|
|18||CB||Adoree’ Jackson||Southern California|
|72||WR||Taywan Taylor||Western Kentucky|
|100||TE||Jonnu Smith||Florida International|
|227||LB||Josh Carraway||Texas Christian|
Best Value: G Corey Levin, UT-Chattanooga
Corey Levin did what small-school prospects need to do to make the NFL: dominate at their level. His accolades prove how well he performed on the field against SoCon competition. Levin plays with good body control and excellent hands. He does well to locate his punch and establish inside hand position to control reps. He has good footwork and plays from a consistently solid base.
There are some technical deficiencies that Levin has been able to get away with, that NFL defensive lineman will not stand for. First, the wind up in his punch elongates his strike, making it easy to get inside his frame.
Secondly, Levin has a tendency to lose his leverage throughout the rep and get top-heavy. Levin has the traits to initially be a backup on the interior but has starter upside with continued development.
Worst Value: LB Josh Carraway, TCU
Josh Carraway has good physical traits in terms of length and short area burst that have enabled him to make plays behind the line of scrimmage in college. His ability to quickly close down distances and use his length is how he wins. His game lacks ideal levels of football intelligence and competitive toughness.
Rarely does Carraway process plays and flow to the football, but rather has to see the concept develop and then chase. He also lacks an aggressive approach fighting through contact and exchanging power in any area. If a fire can be lit, then there is a physical skill set that can be developed, but he profiles as a developmental prospect.
Could Surprise: LB Jayon Brown, UCLA
Jayon Brown was called upon to replace Myles Jack when he went down with an injury and did well to step in. His career culminated with First Team All-Conference Honors. Brown’s best attribute is his skill in coverage. He has fluid movements skills, route awareness, and the ability to compete at the catch point. He has good ball production and is an asset on passing downs.
Brown has some ability against the run, but it comes with limitations. Brown does well to flow to the football and is willing to stick his nose in and finish.
With that said, he lacks the play strength to maneuver through junk and will get stuck in traffic. He plays with active hands, a high motor, and has good range, which makes him a factor from sideline to sideline. At a minimum Brown can play in sub-packages, on special teams, and provide depth, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him push for a starting position in time.