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3 Players the Titans Need to Avoid With Their First-Round Pick

Devon Platana
3 Players the Titans Need to Avoid With Their First-Round Pick
3 Players the Titans Need to Avoid With Their First-Round Pick / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

After finishing the 2020 NFL Season with an 11-5 record, the Tennessee Titans were eliminated in the Wild Card round by the Baltimore Ravens. Fortunately, with an offensive trio of Derrick Henry, A.J. Brown and Ryan Tannehill, the Titans are poised to compete again this season.

The Titans have some holes to fill and they can address these needs with the No. 22 pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. They'll have to select the right player if they want to compete for the AFC South crown again.

Keeping that in mind, here are three players the Titans should avoid drafting in the first round.

1. Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

Asante Samuel Jr., Chase Claypool
Asante Samuel Jr. against Notre Dame. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Asante Samuel Jr. is going to be a good contributor to whichever NFL team that drafts him, but it shouldn't be the Titans. While Tennessee does have defensive needs, their main priority should be an EDGE rusher with the No. 22 pick. Samuel Jr. did have 3 interceptions last season, but the Titans need someone who can get to the opposing quarterback after only recording 1.4 sacks per game last season (29th).

2. Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

Kadarius Toney
Kadarius Toney against Alabama. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Kadarius Toney had 984 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns last season at Florida. While the Titans could use some receiving help after losing Corey Davis to free agency, the first round isn't the time to address that need. The Titans have four picks in the following two rounds, which is when they should be able to find another receiver to pair alongside Brown. While Toney was impressive, it's best for Tennessee to address that hole later on.

3. Jalen Mayfield, OL, Michigan

Jalen Mayfield
Jalen Mayfield against Alabama. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Jalen Mayfield is just one of the many offensive line options in the NFL draft, which is why the Titans should avoid him. While an excellent o-line can take a team to the next level, the Titans' main concern is their defense. Specifically, drafting an EDGE rusher or defensive tackle. One of those needs must be met in the first round before Tennessee turns their attention elsewhere.

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