NFL Draft Peppered with Quality Wide Receivers
Fear not, Tennessee Titan fans. Sure, the current wide receiver cupboard seems as bare as Old Mother Hubbard’s, but the upcoming draft is peppered with quality wide receiver options that can improve upon the roster. Yes, even if the Titans pass on one of the top three (Mike Williams, Corey Davis or John Ross) in the first round.
The group below, with general approximations for draft projections, represents only a small fraction of those players – GM J-Rob can attach the appropriate value if he decides to draft anyone listed.
Cooper Kupp – Eastern Washington
Kupp (6’2” 204) produced huge numbers as a collegiate – He plays faster than his measurables suggest and catches the ball as naturally as the human body takes in oxygen. This kid could make an immediate contribution as a WR2-3. Match him up against a CB3 in the slot and he could dominate – His presence there would feel like the addition of a TE and provide a security blankie for Mariota. He’s also an effort/hustle player that would fit the Titans culture well. Unfortunately, he may be selected in second round while the Titans are hibernating.
Chris Godwin – Penn State
Godwin’s (6’1” 209) collegiate career has him ranked as one of the most prolific (top ten) wide receivers in Penn State’s history. He’s talented (no redshirt season) and durable (appeared in every game) with the right mix of intangibles (excellent hands, concentration, blocks well, consistency, body control, effort, etc.). He’s a player that could be available in the third round that can make an immediate impact as a WR2-3, but could also develop into a future WR1.
Taywan Taylor – Western Kentucky
Taylor (5’11” 203), a third round prospect, reminds me of ex-Titan Derrick Mason (enough said).
Ryan Switzer – North Carolina
Switzer (5’8” 181) the true “bug” (teammate of WR Bug Howard who is 6’5” 210) of the Tar Heels receiving corps is one of my favorite collegiate football players. Sure, he’s tiny and limited in some regards, but he’s a scrappy, infectious player who plays fast. His quickness, as well as, the ability to get open and snag passes makes him a natural slot option – He’s also versatile (quality return man) and a lifelong “prove it” player that’s right in J-Rob’s preferential wheelhouse. Why not draft an energizer bunny type that fits the Patriot/Titan mold in the sixth round?
Jalen Robinette – Air Force
Robinette (6’3” 220) had a productive collegiate career despite being limited in a run first offensive philosophy. Sound familiar? His routes could use some fine-tuning, but his size, body control and strong hands could allow him to contribute as a rookie – His overwhelming frame and leaping ability would provide an immediate impact in the red zone. He reminds me of a younger, bigger, less polished version of Rishard Matthews who also ran a 4.62 collegiate 40-yard dash and was selected in the seventh round. Think a kid from Air Force might fit the resilient, tough, team first mold?
Notice any themes? Each player seemingly aligns with the Titans culture (tough, team first, resilient, etc.) and/or wide receiver requirements (proven production with the ability to get open and catch footballs).
The preference would be for the Titans to add Williams or Davis, but the addition of Godwin in the third and Switzer or Robinette in the later rounds would certainly stock the cupboards with some tasty treats. Fear not, Tennessee fans as the Titans are planning to feast.