Titans GM Jon Robinson traded up twice within the NFL draft, however landed a pair of first-round abilities in Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry.
Jason Wolf, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee
The smallest draft class in Titans historical past guarantees to make an incredible influence.
Titans common supervisor Jon Robinson continued to decide on high quality over amount, buying and selling up for the third time in as many days to pick Arizona defensive again Dane Cruikshank with the 152nd general pick within the fifth spherical of the NFL draft on Saturday.
The Titans drafted Washington State quarterback Luke Falk with the 199th pick within the sixth spherical, the identical spot Tom Brady was drafted by the Patriots in 2000.
Tennessee additionally traded up on every of the primary two days of the draft, choosing Alabama inside linebacker Rashaan Evans with the 22nd general pick within the first spherical and Boston College exterior linebacker Harold Landry with the 41st general pick within the second spherical.
The strikes left the Titans with out a third- or fourth-round choice, however secured two gamers broadly thought of first-round abilities – and on the workforce’s two largest positions of want.
Tennessee gave picks No. 162 and 215 to the Ravens to maneuver as much as choose Cruikshank.
The Titans entered the draft with solely six picks, tied for the fewest within the league, and moved up 3 times with out sacrificing any picks in 2019.
The 4 picks this season have been the fewest in franchise historical past. The earlier low was six picks, in 2014 and ’03.
Dane Cruikshank, DB, Arizona
The 6-foot-1, 209-pound Cruikshank is anticipated to play security and supply depth behind starters Kevin Byard and Johnathan Cyprien.
“Whatever they need me to play, I’m willing to play,” Cruikshank stated. “I feel like I can do it all, so I don’t think I’ll have trouble playing free safety or strong safety. I can tackle, I can play in the box, I can roll to the post, so it doesn’t matter to me.”
Cruikshank performed the “spur” security position as a senior, when he often lined up within the slot or simply exterior the sort out field. He thrived in that position, recording 75 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three interceptions, 5 go breakups and a compelled fumble in 13 video games.
Two of these picks have been in opposition to Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold, two of the 4 quarterbacks drafted within the high 10 within the first spherical.
“Those are two great quarterbacks, you know?” Cruikshank stated. “But, I made a lot good plays against a lot of good players. Those are just two of them.”
Cruikshank performed cornerback as a junior, when he tied for the workforce lead with two interceptions.
“The versatility is huge,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel stated. “If you only play one position in this league, you’d better be really good at it. We’re excited about the versatility.”
Cruikshank started taking part in JUCO ball at Citrus (Calif.) College due to a difficulty with his grades popping out of highschool.
“We spent a lot of time with him this spring,” Robinson stated. “He’s got really good size, he’s got really good speed. He’s played outside corner, he’s played inside corner, he’s worked some at safety, plays in the kicking game. Really excited to add him.”
Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
The 6-Four, 223-pound Falk will doubtless slot in because the third quarterback, behind Marcus Mariota and first backup Blaine Gabbert. He’ll have the within observe to beating Alex Tanney and Tyler Ferguson for the job.
Falk received the Burlsworth Trophy, awarded to the nation’s high former walk-on, after finishing 66.9 % of his passes for three,593 yards, 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions final season.
“He was a guy that was kind of sticking out at the top of our board,” Robinson stated. “Quarterback is a premium position in this league, and to add a guy like him who’s had a really, really productive college career, and with his work ethic and his mindset at that position … I’m really excited to add Luke, as well.”
Falk began 40 of 43 video games over 4 seasons, whereas setting the PAC-12 and WSU profession data for passing yards (14,486), whole offense (14,086), passing touchdowns (119), go completions (357), go makes an attempt (534) and whole performs (2,306).
Falk additionally owns the college report with seven profession fourth-quarter comeback wins.
Falk has lengthy been a Brady fan, and even in contrast his recreation to the five-time Super Bowl champ.
“I just think that we kind of have the same similarities and style of play,” Falk stated. “We are not the most mobile guys. We do stuff in the pocket, creating throws in a small space. We are accurate. He’s the best to do it and somebody I look up to and just try to model my game after. It’s a huge coincidence that it is pick 199 and Tennessee took a shot on me.”
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