NASHVILLE, Tenn. – At 6-foot-6 ½, Isaiah Wilson is just the third-tallest member of the Titans.

At 350 pounds, he’s the heaviest. By a full 25 pounds.

“He’s a tough guy to get out of the way of,” Jon Robinson said.wilson isaiah 2

(Photo courtesy Georgia athletics.)

The Titans passed on several options at cornerback, their biggest position of need, as well as some pass rushers to grab Wilson at No,. 29 near the end of the first round.

Pegged to replace Jack Conklin in short order as the Titans’ right tackle, a guy who calls himself Panda and is a big fan of SpongeBob will add plenty to the offensive line’s personality and physical mindset. [Unlocked]

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Three candidates I like for the Titans at No. 29

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Three guys I could see as the Titans’ first-round pick if they stick and pick Thursday night.

Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah – Breaking down the five-pack of cornerbacks after Jeff Okudah and C.J. Henderson is a difficult job and I’m no expert here. I’ve bounced around on Trevon Diggs, A.J. Terrell, Kristian Fulton, Jeff Gladney and Johnson. They all have some level of appeal.


(Johnson photo courtesy Utah athletics.)

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Draft thoughts: D-line, Jadeveon Clowney, three sevenths and kicker

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans absolutely need some help on the defensive line, but I don’t see it as a top-line priority.

Sure. they could take a lineman in the first round if they see great value there and it could really fortify the position. But that would be back-to-back first-round defensive linemen in the first after Jeffery Simmons at No. 19 last year.


But this idea that they are replacing Jurrell Casey in this draft is misguided. Simmons replaces Casey. They are replacing Austin Johnson, hopefully with an upgrade.

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Jon Robinson notes on the Titans' scouts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans used to show off their scouts a bit around draft time.

They were part of the team’s pre-draft press conference, which wasn’t, to be honest, that helpful. No one wanted to say anything and more voices speaking in generalities could make things even more awkward in the days before selections were made.TitanScreamWall

But in press conferences after picks, hearing from the area scout who’d studied the player the Titans just picked could frequently be interesting. The less camera-shy guys might tell a good story or offer a bit of color that filled in a bit about why the team leaned the prospect's direction.

Now, the seven men most involved in assisting Jon Robinson in preparing for the draft are largely anonymous – though he recently spent some time helping make them less so.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – If you’ve been holding out hope that Logan Ryan will reappear on the Titans’ radar after the draft if they don’t sufficiently replenish at corner, let it go.  

The most telling personnel clue that came out of a 45-minute session Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel held with the press Monday was about how they have come to regard to nickel position.RyanChargers19

And Ryan doesn’t fit the revised definition. [Unlocked]

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Scouting reports on key defensive prospects for the Titans

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An offensive preview of the draft from a Titans' perspective...

Currently, the Titans have holes at two key starting positions:  Nickel corner and defensive tackle. They also have other positions to fill for depth. They need a fourth and fifth corner, a fourth inside linebacker and a backup nose tackle.

The OLB room is getting full with the re-signing of backup Kamalei Correa and the free-agent signing of Vic Beasley, but this position has more numbers then true difference-makers.


(Cornerback Jeff Gladney courtesy TCU athletics.)

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By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An offensive preview of the draft from a Titans' perspective...

As of now, the Titans' offensive needs are a starting right tackle, a backup quarterback, a backup running back, a wide receiver to replace Tajae Sharpe and a backup center to replace Jamil Douglas in 2020 and eventually replace Ben Jones.


(Running back Cam Akers photo courtesy Florida State athletics.)

Adding in the defensive need list all the positions of need will not be able to be filled by the six draft choices the Titans currently have.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – We don’t know how it’s structured yet, but Christian McCaffrey’s reported new deal with the Carolina Panthers isn’t going to make the possibility of a long-term deal between the Titans and Derrick Henry any easier.


Henry recently signed his franchise tag worth $10.278 million for 2020, which lined him up behind only Ezekiel Elliott ($15 million), Le’Veon Bell ($13.125 million) and David Johnson ($13 million) in terms of yearly average, though they all got up-front bonuses and multiple years.

Now McCaffrey will be the NFL’s highest-paid back, in line for a $16 million average.

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