The Tennessee Titans are in an interesting spot. On paper, they seem like a young team that is transitioning some nice draft hauls into the core of their roster. But no matter where you look or what position you discuss, everything comes back to quarterback Marcus Mariota. Mariota is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and this will truly be a make-or-break year for both him and the rest of the franchise.
Because of this, they're going to have to do everything they can to put the best team around him to see what he can really do -- no longer as a young gun in this league.
It's put-up or shut-up time for the Titans.
Here's how they can get better.
Round 1, Pick No. 19: Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. State
I am the biggest Corey Davis defender there is, but even I would say the Titans still need help at receiver. I like Taywan Taylor in the slot, but they still need another true go-to player on the outside. Harmon can absolutely be that, and would kickoff the plan to build the best offense around Mariota that they can in 2019.
Round 2, Pick No. 51: D'Andre Walker, EDGE, Georgia
If it were up to me, and the universe were on my side, I'd be picking an edge defender at pick No. 19 for the Titans -- in this class, if you want an impact edge player, you better be prepare to take him round one. But, in this mock, the top five edge players were all gone. Regardless, the Titans have to come away with an edge player with one of their first two picks.
Walker, as an early down edge player, projects well to compliment Harold Landry as the anchor to Landry's pure speed rush on the other side.
Round 3, Pick No. 83: Erik McCoy, iOL, Texas A&M
Where the Titans didn't have much luck in the first round with edge players, they could have some favorable luck at the end of Day 2 with a solid interior offensive line pick. McCoy is a smooth yet powerful interior offensive linemen who can play both center and guard. If he's on the board when the Titans pick in the third round, they should scoop him up.
Round 4, Pick No. 115: Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
Layne started his career as a wide receiver but made the transition to cornerback early on in his collegiate career. His receiver background hints at his top-notch ball skills and length for the position. Though the Titans aren't going to spend too high of draft capital on cornerback due to the money they already have in the position, they did not play as well as they needed to last year in that area, and could use some reinforcement.
Round 5, Pick No. 147: Kevin Wilkins, iDL, Rutgers
With Bennie Logan a pending free agent and Jurrell Casey closing on the big three-oh, it would be wise for the Titans to keep an eye on some interior defensive line help when Day 3 rolls around. Wilkins really flashed at the East-West Shrine practices, and I think he has the size and the first step to be a mid-Day 3 pick.
Round 7, Pick No. 211: Jordan Brailford, EDGE, Oklahoma State
Speaking of players who flashed during East-West Shrine Week, Brailford was likely the best edge player during the practice sessions throughout the entire week. You could flip where he and Wilkins were selected in this mock and it would probably make more sense, but the point is that defensive line should be a big priority for the Titans in the later rounds.