The Tennessee Titans head into the 2017 NFL Draft with a pair of top-20 first-round picks — the No. 5 overall selection and No. 18. The Titans could go in a lot of directions with those picks — what are the most likely scenarios?
For this exercise, we'll take a look at numerous NFL mock drafts around the Internet and try to get a pulse on who the experts say the Titans could choose. We'll focus specifically on the Titans' first draft pick — the No. 5 overall selection.
Vote in the poll at the bottom of the article to say who you think should be drafted at No. 5.
As you will see, experts expect the Titans to go on the defensive side of the ball with their first pick. It makes sense considering Tennessee has heavily invested in the offense early in the draft in recent years — getting their franchise quarterback and rebuilding their offensive line.
NFL Mock Drafts used for this exercise include NFL.com, CBS Sports and ESPN. For each selection, we'll also let you know where the other mock drafts used project each player landing.
Here we go!
Marshon Lattimore, CB — Ohio State
The favorite of most analysts, in this scenario Tennessee gets a stud cornerback most expect to immediately be an impact player in the NFL. Tennessee needs help in the defensive backfield, and Lattimore is an immediate upgrade for the Titans.
Analysts who project this pick: CBS Sports' Rob Rang, Pete Prisco and Ryan Wilson; NFL.com's Chad Rueter, Charley Casserly and Bucky Brooks; ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.
Other Projected Landing Spots for Lattimore: No. 3 (Chicago), No. 6 (New York Jets), No. 11 (New Orleans)
Jamal Adams, S — LSU
The second most popular pick for th Titans, Tennessee still gets defensive backfield help with the addition of LSU's Jamal Adams. As it would happen, Tennessee needs help at safety as well as cornerback, so Adams would also be an immediate impact player for them.
Analysts who project this pick: CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, Will Brinson and Jared Dubin.
Other Projected Landing Spots for Adams: No. 3 (Chicago), No. 4 (Jacksonville), No. 6 (New York Jets), No. 7 (San Diego)
Malik Hooker, S — Ohio State
If Adams is already off of the board, the Titans could grab Ohio State safety Malik Hooker, as projected by NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah. Hooker is projected by most other analysts to go a little later in the draft.
Analysts who project this pick: NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah
Other Projected Landing Spots for Hooker: No. 6 (New York Jets), No. 7 (San Diego), No. 12 (Cleveland), No. 17 (Washington)
Jonathan Allen, DL — Alabama
The Titans' first overall selection according to Todd McShay, Allen is slated within a few picks of the No. 5 selection by most prognosticators. Allen might be around at No. 5 to help bolster Tennessee's defensive line.
Analysts who project this pick: ESPN's Todd McShay
Other Projected Landing Spots for Allen: No. 3 (Chicago), No. 4 (Jacksonville), No. 8 (Carolina), No. 12 (Cleveland)
Haason Reddick, DE — Temple
The odd one out of the projections, Temple's Hasson Reddick might be around when the Titans draft at No. 18. Only two other analysts project Reddick will be drafted before No. 18, and most have him going in the 20s.
Analysts who project this pick: NFL.com's Lance Zierlein
Other Projected Landing Spots for Reddick: No. 11 (New Orleans), No. 15 (Indianapolis), No. 17 (Washington), No. 21 (Detroit), No. 22 (Miami), No. 23 (New York Giants), No. 26 (Seattle), No. 27 (Kansas City)