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The Flaw in How We Judge if Titans, Others Overdrafted Prospects

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Could the Titans have overdrafted JC Latham at No. 7 and T’Vondre Sweat at No. 38?

Sure.

Is the primary rationale being used to tell us in the aftermath of the 2024 NFL draft that that’s what happened flawed?

Absolutely.

T'Vondre Sweat
T'Vondre Sweat/ Courtesy Texas Athletics

This is one of the big problems with Big Industrial Draft Media.

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Titans' Day Three: Green Dot, Grinder Nickel, Return Man and More

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A review of the Titans’ five Day Three picks in the 2024 NFL Draft…

ILB Cedric Gray, North Carolina, No. 106 in the fourth

Cedric Gray
  Cedric Gray/ Courtesy UNC Athletics

Every pre-draft write-up I found about Cedric Gray said the weakness is play recognition. But the North Carolina inside linebacker said he believes things clicked in for him as a sophomore and he feels he’s got a good feel for the game.

He didn't remember talking to the Titans at all, but they said the did meet him at the Senior Bowl.

Ran Carthon said he was so clean they didn't need to have him in for one of their 30 visits.

“I believe I have great play recognition,” he said. “Something that I pride myself on. Just having a high knowledge of the football game, understanding defenses, understanding how the offense is trying to attack us. It’s something that I’ve studied in film sessions over the years, discussed with coaches, teammates.

“And I think that part of my game has evolved over the years. So I just continually need to do that going to the next level." [Unlocked]

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In T'Vondre Sweat, Titans Get Potential Force, Potential Weight Issue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mass in the middle.

That’s the Titans' approach to the defensive line after selecting Texas’ mammoth defensive lineman T’Vondre Sweat 38th overall in the second round of the NFL draft Friday evening. He’s 6-foot-5, 366 pounds and while I’m getting conflicting reports on his body fat measurement at the scouting combine, both numbers I was told are giant.

D'Vondre Sweat
T'Vondre Sweat/ Courtesy Texas Athletics

“He’s going to present problems in the middle," Ran Carthon said. "Hard to move.”

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Analysis of Best Available Options for Titans at No. 38

Analysis of Best Available Options for Titans at No. 38

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

The Titans will enter day two of the draft with just one selection, pick No. 38, the sixth pick of the second round and there are still some very high-level players available. The Titans could see a player who many viewed as a potential top-20 pick fall into their laps or they could consider trading back to try and add draft capital after not doing so on night one.

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Ladd McConkey/ Courtesy Georgia Athletics

If they trade back, there are a few teams that make some sense as partners, including the Bengals, who could send picks 49 and 97 for pick 38, a deal that works out pretty close to even on the Jimmy Johnson trade chart. Cincinnati could target Johnny Newton, who it was frequently connected to in the predraft process if he lingers on the board at 38. [Unlocked]

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Mike Herndon: Titans' JC Latham Likely Good Right Away with Chance at Great

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

After weeks of speculation and debate about Joe Alt and wide receivers, the Titans ended up sticking at pick No. 7 and taking hulking tackle JC Latham of Alabama in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

JC Latham
JC Latham/ Courtesy Alabama Athletics

Interest in Latham had been reported before the draft, but the Titans were thought to be high on Notre Dame tackle Joe Alt, who went off the board at pick No. 5 to the Chargers, as well. Certainly, legendary offensive line coach Bill Callahan would be signing off on any tackle selection. [Unlocked]

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Bill Callahan's Priority: Transform JC Latham into Titans' Left Tackle

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans’ uncertainty at left tackle did not end with the seventh pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night.

They chose JC Latham of Alabama, an excellent strong lineman. The 6-6, 342 lineman played 1,753 snaps at right tackle per FPP and 135 snaps at right guard and has not played at left tackle since high school.

Nevertheless, Ran Carthon and Brian Callahan found him irresistible.

JC Latham
JC Latham/ Courtesy Alabama Athletics

“There are not many people that walk the earth that are his height and weight and can move with his fluidity,” Callahan said. [Unlocked]

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Top Titans' Scenarios and Final Draft Thoughts

Olu FashanuNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Final thoughts before the NFL Draft starts tonight with the Titans lined up at No. 7.

Here is what I would like to see unfold for them in order of preference.

1)    Trade back two to six picks for Olu Fashanu, LT, Penn State

Fashanu (pictured) is a premier pass protector with room to grow as a run blocker. He’s starting from snap one in training camp and Bill Callahan can have a very fast impact on rounding out his game. JC Latham would be the fallback. He’d get every chance to start out on the left side but might wind up on the right, and that would wind up a fail to me. 

Who’s the trader? Well, I started out playing with the chart and values there and was trying to balance things out with the calculator.

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How Things Might Unfold for the Titans Drafting Best Player Available

By ZACH LYONS, Stacking the Inbox

Mock Drafts are a fun way to pass the time from near the regular season’s end to the night of the draft. Hell, you will even see mock drafts predicting Day Two on Friday morning and Day Three on Saturday morning, then on Monday we will have 2025 Mock Drafts. They’re inescapable and inevitable. We all secretly do them at least once a week, even if we don’t post them. It’s fun, addictive, and mindless. Are they useful and informative? 

Meh, the draft is pretty tough to nail down to a science. So, they rarely provide accuracy, take the 33rd Team’s mock draft last year. They only got five first-round picks matched exactly to the team that drafted the player and were way off on even team-to-position matches. One of those five was Bryce Young, so, yeah, even former GMs and decision-makers are inaccurate with their mocks.

Jan 1, 2024; New Orleans, LA, USA; Washington Huskies wide receiver Rome Odunze (1) warms up before playing against the Texas Longhorns in the 2024 Sugar Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Rome Odunze/ © John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

There’s just too much of a human element to the entire draft process. Various teams have various needs, and players fall because we, the people, don’t have all the necessary information to make informed decisions. So, I wanted to do something different with my mock draft, even straying away from my first-round mock draft and multiversal mock draft I did at StackingTheInbox.com.

First, I want to talk about the argument for drafting best player available. Why a team like the Titans were in a good position to do so but failed to do it. A “What If…” scenario. Then take a trip to the consensus board and look at what a best player available draft could look like for the Titans. Finally, for my final 7-round mock draft, I am going to go through each pick but talk about what the Titans wish would happen, what the preferred scenario is, what the realistic scenario is and what I think the pick will be.

Something a little different than you get everywhere including my other content, maybe, just maybe, I bring something fresh to the table.

Why Best Player Available Over Need

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