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Tennessee Titans: 2017 NFL Combine Players To Watch

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The Tennessee Titans have as good a chance as anyone to walk away from this year’s draft as the winners. In a loaded draft class, the Titans hold two first round picks at no.5 and no.18. This means that if Tennessee plays their cards right, they can have two franchise-altering caliber players just after day one. The later rounds also hold plenty of potential diamonds in the rough. The task of finding talent, despite its abundance this year, is still not a simple task.  With the NFL Draft Combine starting up, here are 3 players the Titans should keep their eyes on.

Solomon Thomas-Defensive End-Stanford

Solomon Thomas is among those who has boosted his draft stock considerably in the past few months. Thomas had a phenomenal 2016 season topped off by a 4 sack performance in his bowl game that opened the eyes of scouts everywhere. The Stanford D-Lineman has showcased a quick first step and excellent pass-rushing moves that can make him a stalwart as either a 3-4 or 4-3 DE.

Someone will draft Thomas by at least the mid-first round, but his draft stock can still balloon even further. Despite rave reviews from scouts, he still is not widely considered one of the top 5 front seven players in the draft due to the likes of Myles Garrett, Derek Barnett, Jonathan Allen, and others. This isn’t necessarily a knock on Thomas, as in most other draft classes he would likely be a top 5 pick. He still has a chance to standout, however.

Thomas’ lower body strength and consistency with the quickness of his hands has been brought into question. If the pass-rushing extraordinaire can shed those doubts at the combine, he could become a very viable option for the Titans at the 5th overall pick. If he fails to do so and his draft stock dwindles, he could even fall to the 18th pick.

Jamal Adams-Safety-Louisiana State University

Most consider the best defensive back in the draft to be Malik Hooker of Ohio State. Some scouts believe that Jamal Adams of LSU may have something to say about that. There is no better stage for Adams to make a statement than the combine, as Hooker will be missing the combine due to injury. Both project to go before the Titans 18th overall pick, but one can definitely be in play at pick 5.

The Titans had the 29th ranked pass defense last year, adding an exceptional coverage safety like Adams could improve the secondary by leaps and bounds. The Tigers’ Safety has shown a nose for the football with 5 interceptions this past seasons. He also has has shown the ability to stay stride for stride with the most explosive wide receivers.

Hooker recorded seven interceptions this past season and has drawn comparisons to Ed Reed and Earl Thomas. For Adams to stand out at the combine, he must show he can be developed. There are no questions when it comes to Adams’ athleticism. However, scouts have voiced concern over his fundamentals and tackling. Adams must show the Titans his skills are being and could be further refined. Only then can Tennessee seriously consider taking him at 5.

Noah Brown-Wide Receiver-Ohio State University

Noah Brown is one of the biggest wild cards in this draft class. Brown is an explosive athlete with a great frame for a wide-out at 6’2″ 220 lbs. However, There are several questions that surround the young Buckeye. Brown has displayed a lot of physicality and a huge catch radius. However, he is very raw and untested with only 2 years of college ball experience. He also does not have gaudy numbers to back up his prototypical stature as a receiver.

Brown to prove at the combine his ability as a route runner and his overall fundamentals at wide receiver. He has the potential to put on a show at the combine if he can do this while also confirming what many already see, his staggering athleticism. It’s not often that receivers with potential like Brown’s are available in the later rounds.

The Titans need a young and talented receiver with no standout wide-outs on the roster. Marcus Mariota could more than use a weapon with the potential of Noah Brown.