While many Titans fans were clamoring for a wide receiver early in the draft, the team took a different approach. They attacked the secondary early as well as added a great value at offensive tackle. Those needs were arguably bigger than the one at WR, and the Titans front office did their best to fill them.
Tennessee took Cornerback Caleb Farley in the first round and Safety/Cornerback hybrid Elijah Molden in the third round. While the injury concerns about Farley are fair, the talent is undeniable. Molden does not possess the best size, but he never stops competing and has fantastic instincts on defense. Their second-round pick was North Dakota State Offensive Tackle Dillon Radunz. Radunz was an elite run blocker in college and could be the starting RT by the start of the season.
The Draft Network‘s Trevor Sikkema discussed the entire Titans draft class on 104.5 The Zone with Buck Reising on Monday afternoon. Sikkema explained how he really liked the talent of their class and the depth of it. Specifically, he said that he “loves” the additions of Farley and Molden to their secondary. Those two players were a couple of his favorite talents in the class. He cited the turnover in the CB room after the team lost Malcolm Butler and Adoree Jackson in this past offseason as well.
He also thought the value of Washington’s Elijah Molden in the third round was tremendous. The Draft Network had him ranked as their 60th overall player in the class, and the Titans got him with the 100th overall pick. That is impressive value no matter how you slice it. Plus, Molden can be a great slot/box defender in their defense’s scheme. His aggressiveness and physicality make him a tough matchup for any offensive player.
Louis Riddick just called Elijah Molden “an absolute jedi of the slot.”
— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) May 1, 2021
On the other hand, Farley has the upside to be the team’s CB1 of the future. His coverage skills are arguably the best in the class, and The Draft Network had him rated as their 7th overall prospect in the class. Injuries aside, Sikkema had him as his top-rated Cornerback for the 2021 draft as did many of his colleagues.
Caleb Farley in 2019:
Targeted 50 times
Allowed just 18 catches (36%)
257 yards allowed 5.14 YPA
1 TD allowed, 4 INTs
26.8 QB rating (lower than grounding it every play)
Elite ELITE player if he can get/stay healthy. Very similar to the Jeffery Simmons pick.
— Mike Herndon (@MikeMiracles) April 30, 2021
Sikkema also touched on the Radunz selection. He mentioned how the biggest difference between it and the Isaiah Wilson selection last year is experience. Radunz is a much more seasoned starter, even if his playing time wasn’t in the SEC. He expects Radunz to fit in nicely on the Titans’ offensive line as early as this season, as do I.
— Dom Izzo (@DomIzzoWDAY) April 30, 2021
The Titans got some impressive talent and addressed needs effectively. It is always a balance of value and need, but the Titans may have been one of the best at doing that during this year’s NFL draft, according to many.