NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Monty Rice, meet Rashaan Evans.

Evans, the 23rd pick in the 2018 draft, seems to be nearing the end of his Tennessee tenure. The team should decline his fifth-year option of $9.735 million by the May 3 deadline, which would mean he’d be entering the final year of his rookie deal this fall.georgia rice monty 3

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He’s not multi-dimensional and barring an unexpected, dramatic turnaround, the Titans need to find a cheaper replacement who offers more than great goal-line and short-yardage play.

Still, Mike Vrabel said Friday night he’s extremely confident and comfortable with Evans, who’s excited about modifications the Titans are making to his inside linebacker spot.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Dillon Radunz may be a terrific offensive lineman for the Titans.

It won’t change the fact that his selection as the 53rd pick in the draft is the result of Jon Robinson chasing like a struggling blackjack player, trying to make up for an awful hand. 

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If the Titans hadn’t wasted the 29th pick in last year’s draft on Isaiah Wilson, who busted his way out of the NFL in remarkable time, Tennessee wouldn’t have been thinking about the position at all. [Unlocked]

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The biggest, most important sign-offs on Caleb Farley didn’t come from Jon Robinson and his scouting staff or Mike Vrabel and his coaches.

They came from the four orthopedists among the six physicians on the Titans’ medical staff: Thomas Byrd, Daniel Lamar, Damian Petty and John Zvijac.

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My understanding is that teams were only able to send one doctor to Indianapolis for the medical checks that occurred for roughly 150 prospects on the first weekend of April – Jon Robinson wasn’t certain of that Thursday night or didn’t want to share.

But the Titans had earmarked Farley because of their interest in him, and thus got to examine him for themselves rather than be left reliant on a pooled medical report.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Two nights before the Titans make or trade out of a pick at No. 22, former team scout Blake Beddingfield, who served six years as director of college scouting, joined us for a members' chat to discuss how things might unfold and to answer your questions.BlakeYouTube2

Early I posted his first-round mock draft, and we delved into his pick for Tennessee.

You can watch the discussion below.

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By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- No trades, just a straight mock draft to improve teams for the present and future.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson.

  • A Franchise QB for a team is in need of one.
  • Best QB to come out since Andrew Luck.
  • Because of his advanced game, the rebuild will be quicker than normal.

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2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU.

  • Big gamble on a talented player but one year producer.
  • Does the team have enough talent around him?
  • New coaching staff starts fresh.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When a draft prospect has a big medical question, NFL teams rely on the opinions and advice of their medical people.

But with no scouting combine, those medical checks and the rechecks have not operated as usual.

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Around 150 college players went to Indianapolis the weekend of April 3-4 to meet with NFL teams, per NFL Network.

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