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Titans Fail To Impress With T’Vondre Sweat, Jha’Quan Jackson Draft Picks

The Tennessee Titans focused on bolstering the trenches with their first moves in the 2024 NFL draft. NFL betting lines still view Tennessee as a bit of a longshot to make the playoffs at +400 odds.

The Titans selected Alabama offensive tackle JC Latham with the No. 7 overall pick. Tennessee followed it up by selecting 366-pound Texas defensive tackle T’Vondre Sweat with the No. 38 overall pick in the second round. The front office is aiming to add some protection for second-year quarterback Will Levis.

Titans Fail To Impress With T’Vondre Sweat, Jha’Quan Jackson Draft Picks
T'Vondre Sweat #DL25 of Texas | Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFP

“Few teams had a more glaring need than the Titans did at offensive tackle,” Pro Football Focus’ Trevor Sikkema detailed. “With Joe Alt off the board, Tennessee tabbed Latham as the top remaining tackle.

“The Alabama product is a massive physical presence, weighing in at 343 pounds with 35-plus-inch arms, and he earned an 80.0-plus pass-blocking grade in back-to-back seasons to finish his college career.”

Here’s what you need to know about the Titans draft.

 

T’Vondre Sweat’s NFL Projections Are Mixed

While I personally like the selection of Sweat, not everyone is as fond of the massive defender. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein had a fourth-round grade on the defensive tackle despite comparing the former Longhorn to Bucs standout Vita Vea.

Sweat is a massive space-eater whose size and skill set will have him plugged into a role as a run-plugger for odd- or even-front defenses,” Zierlein detailed in his pre-draft profile. “He’s not quick off the snap or explosive into first contact, but it takes a village to try to uproot him and move him out of the way.”

“… He offers more rush than expected for a man his size and could play more snaps than most at his position. Sweat’s area of impact will be narrowly focused, but it could create a much larger impact on the defense overall.”

 

Jha’Quan Jackson Could Be a Sleeper for Titans

One name to keep an eye on is Tulane receiver Jha’Quan Jackson who Tennessee selected in the sixth round. The playmaker could end up being utilized as both a receiver and returner.

“The Titans have plenty of bodies on the wide receiver depth chart, but I like Jackson’s chances to stand out in camp and gradually earn more playing time,” The Athletic’s Dane Brugler said of Jackson. “He brings route instincts and outstanding speed to create from the slot, adding value as a returner on special teams.”

 

Experts Fading the Titans Draft

Honestly, I was surprised to learn that the Titans did not receive strong marks for their draft results. I am bullish on Latham and Sweat being potential building blocks on both sides of the ball.

Tennessee is rated as the No. 26 team in Brugler’s draft power rankings. The Titans earned a C+ from ESPN’s Mel Kiper.

“In Round 2, Tennessee reached for nose tackle T’Vondre Sweat (38), who I thought was more of a third-rounder because of his inconsistent play and an arrest for driving while intoxicated earlier this month,” Kiper wrote. “Cedric Gray (106) could be a steal in Round 4; he might never be great in coverage, but he can blitz off the edge and be a menace between the tackles in the run game. James Williams (242) is a 6-4 safety who likely will have to play linebacker at the next level.

“If Latham makes an easy conversion to left tackle and immediately dominates, this class will look much better. As is, I don’t love the value overall.”

The Titans’ over-under line at the sportsbook is remarkably low at 5½. I am inclined to ride with the over with just a few months away from the start of the season.

 

 

Questions Of The Day

What is the Titans' win total set at for 2024?


The Titans over-under for wins is set at 5 ½ for 2024.

What are the Titans odds to make the NFL playoffs?


Fans can take the Titans to make the NFL playoffs at +400.

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