Over the course of May, both Joe Marino 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 we 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: WR Taywan Taylor, Western Kentucky
The only reason this selection isn’t Corey Davis is because he was my second player in the draft. So mathematically it’s difficult to justify a pick with a disparity of only three slots as the best value pick. Instead, WR Taywan Taylor brings a great value in the third round and should be an immediate contributor thanks to his receiving polish and route running abilities. Taylor and Davis are strong contenders to be the Titans’ leading duo in production by the end of the 2017 season.
Worst value: LB Jayon Brown, UCLA
Brown was a player that I identified as a late round prospect. He went nearly two rounds before the value he was assessed on my personal draft board. The good news for Tennessee is he is a pretty strong movement skills player and open field athlete. There’s developmental upside with Brown but I would have held my water waiting for a selection here.
Might surprise: TE Jonnu Smith, Florida International
Smith is the heir apparent to Delanie Walker; there’s a nice compliment and parallel between the skills of the two. Smith is a pure flex receiver and shouldn’t be regarded as a player to contribute with any level of consistency as an in-line player. But the run after catch skills and wiggle that Smith is able to showcase is going to pose a notable challenge for defenders, even at the NFL level. Smith is a great comeback story from earlier this fall and though he may be a limited production player early on, expect to see him weaned into a notable role.