The Tennessee Titans laid the foundation of their new-look exotic smash mouth identity last offseason by bringing in tough, smart, physical players.
Physical offensive linemen like Ben Tate and Jack Conklin, and physical downhill running backs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry were brought in to compliment the likes of equally physical left tackle Taylor Lewan and tight end Delanie Walker.
With two picks in the first round of this year’s draft, the Titans addressed their most pressing needs while keeping with the exotic smash mouth theme when they selected wide receiver Corey Davis 5th overall and conerback / return specialist Adoree Jackson with the 18th overall pick.
Davis used his physically imposing 6’3 – 210 pound frame to torture secondaries last season at Western Michigan, racking up 97 catches for 1500 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Tennessee lacked a true number one receiver with size and speed last season, something Davis brings to the table. His huge frame and willingness to be physical at the line of scrimmage will aid the Titans’ run-first offense, where downfield blocking by the receivers is paramount.
Adoree Jackson fills a pressing need at cornerback, and has a unique skill set tailor-made for “exotic” play packages on offense this season.
Jackson was voted the number one cornerback in the country last season at USC, earning the Jim Thorpe Award. He was also the PAC-12 Defensive Player of the Year.
And that was just for starters…
Jackson was also a prolific return specialist for the Trojans, and played his share of offensive snaps as well….scoring four different ways last season.
He was also a track star for USC, evidenced by his 4.39 40 time at this year’s combine.
The Titans lacked a player in the secondary that could make up ground in a hurry like Jackson, who will be better equipped to handle the speedy receivers littered throughout Tennessee’s schedule this season.
While I do find it ironic that the smash mouth rookie is the receiver and the exotic rookie is the cornerback, the Titans are remaining consistent with what they are trying to build.
Tennessee’s next selection is in the third round, pick number 83.