Very rarely do teams have the chance for a re-do, but within the 2018 NFL draft, the Tennessee Titans would have gone in a unique direction in the event that they had a crystal ball.
Mike Vrabel’s ballclub chosen linebacker Rashaan Evans with the No. 22 overall pick before finding a gem within the second round in outside linebacker Harold Landry.
The Titans declined Evans’ fifth-year option and the Alabama product walked in free agency, eventually signing a one-year take care of the Atlanta Falcons and thus ending what was a disappointing tenure.
In accordance with Bleacher Report’s Gary Davenport, the Titans must have chosen edge rusher Marcus Davenport as a substitute.
For the primary three years of his profession, that looked to have been an unwise decision—Davenport tallied just 12 sacks over his first three seasons combined. But despite missing six games last 12 months, Davenport turned in his best season as a professional, setting profession highs in tackles (39) and sacks (nine).
With the number of Davenport at the top of the primary round, Tennessee likely would have addressed other needs as a substitute of taking Landry within the second round.
Speaking of Landry, he went to the Green Bay Packers with the No. 14 overall pick on this re-draft.
Interestingly, Davenport has had the same track record as Landry through his first 4 seasons. After a sophomore campaign that saw him achieve several career-highs, the previous UTSA star regressed considerably in Yr 3 before exploding for nine sacks in 2021.
Landry, who collected a then-career-best nine sacks in 2019, tallied just 5.5 sacks in 2020 before racking up 12 sacks this past season.
Davenport is entering the ultimate 12 months of his contract in 2022, while the Titans have already committed five years and $87.5 million to Landry in a second contract.
Tennessee Titans’ offseason roster going into OTAs