The Tennessee Titans have a little over three weeks until they’re put on the clock with the 26th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, and they’ve got needs to fill.
The Titans, as it stands at the time of writing, have possession of picks 26, 90, 131, 143, 169, 204, and 219. This is plenty of draft capital to both fill needs or move around through trades, though for this simulation, no trades will be made. With all that out of the way, here’s a full seven-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft for the Tennessee Titans.
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Titans 2022 NFL Mock Draft
Round 1, Pick 26: Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan
With several known Titans targets already off the board, in this scenario they likely choose to draft for best player available, and that is Skyy Moore. Sure he’s projected to go in the second round by most outlets, but talent-wise there isn’t much difference between the start of Round 2 and the end of Round 1.
As for Moore, who put up 1,292 yards and 10 touchdowns on 95 catches last season, he has the elite speed necessary to make it at the next level, and he knows how to find the soft spot in the coverage better than most receivers in this draft. Plenty have compared him to Golden Tate, whom the Titans signed to their practice squad for a time last season, and that comparison seems apt. Moore should cause problems for NFL defenses if lined up in the slot, which is exactly where he’d be in Tennessee with AJ Brown and Robert Woods on the outside.
Round 3, Pick 90: Ed Ingram, Guard, LSU
The Titans struggled at times protecting Ryan Tannehill, especially when it mattered, and here they shore up the interior with Ed Ingram at pick 90. As it stands now, it appears that Jamarco Jones currently holds the left guard spot, but Ingram could fill either of the two positions, should one of Jones or Nate Davis come down injured. Ingram isn’t the best run blocker, but his pass protection will help him slide up draft boards and that’s what happens here with the Titans.
Round 4, Pick 131: Bailey Zappe, QB, Western Kentucky
Zappe set the college football world ablaze in 2021, shattering Joe Burrow’s single-season yards and touchdown records en route to a 9-5 season with the Hilltoppers. It has been rumored that the Titans may look to find Ryan Tannehill’s successor in this draft, but at least here, they wait a good deal to take a quarterback. Zappe needs a good amount of work to become a starter in the NFL, and Tennessee may be the perfect place for QB Coach Pat O’Hara to give him the development time he needs.
Round 4, Pick 143: Isaiah Thomas, EDGE, Oklahoma
Thomas has been one of the better pass rushers in the Big 12 for a couple years, and the Titans scoop him up at pick 143 in this scenario to sit behind Bud Dupree and Harold Landry. Thomas still needs some development to deal with more physical tackles at the NFL level, but the Titans could make good use of him in much the same fashion as they used Ola Adeniyi in 2021. Package snaps to get game film could be invaluable to Thomas, who many see as a potential starter in the future, and it’s not unlikely he gets plenty of it in Tennessee.
Round 5, Pick 169: Malcolm Rodriguez, LB, Oklahoma State
Rodriguez was easily one of the most productive linebackers in college football, and he’d fit a 3-4 scheme beautifully. The Titans don’t need a starter from Day 1, with David Long and Zach Cunningham the starters at the inside linebacker position, but with the departures of Jayon Brown and Rashaan Evans, the Titans need help at the position. Titans GM Jon Robinson has always favored college production over perceived size weaknesses, which is exactly what will allow Rodriguez to slide so far down in the draft. It’s definitely possible one of the Titans’ earlier picks in the fourth round could be spent on him if he’s still there as well.
Round 6, Pick 204: Dontario Drummond, WR, Ole Miss
A player who often was the focal point of Ole Miss’ passing attack and Matt Corral’s favorite target in 2021, Drummond figures, at least early in his career, to be a special teamer, though he could break into the offense proper later. Much like Skyy Moore, Drummond is at his best in the slot where he can find space to operate, which is part of what makes him so good at returning kicks.
Round 6, Pick 219: Jerrion Ealy, RB, Ole Miss
Drummond’s college teammate, Ealy was part of a two-headed monster in the backfield for Ole Miss alongside his counterpart Snoop Conner, though it’s Ealy going to the Titans here. Ealy was the better pass catcher of the two, though he needs to improve his pass blocking if he’s to succeed in the NFL. Ealy has breakaway speed, and like Drummond he’s also very adept at returning kicks, scoring a couple while in Oxford.
Ealy got his work in between the 20s for Ole Miss, as Conner was often the preferred red-zone back. This could help him in Tennessee, with Derrick Henry being an absolute monster in the red zone. Though his competitors for a roster spot in Trenton Cannon and former Ole Miss Rebel Jordan Wilkins also bring much to the table between the 20s, Ealy may have the speed and football IQ to beat them both out for a spot on Mike Vrabel’s roster should they draft him.