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Back in the Day the Board Nailed the Chris Johnson Pick @#24.

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In 2008, we flat out nailed Chris Johnson as the Titans 1st round pick.  CJ wasn't even expected to go that early in the draft, iirc.  This year the Titans are a good team again and are picking later in the draft.  One of NFL.com's draft gurus has Austin Jackson as the Titans pick, see their opinion of his talents below..  He's 6'6", 305 lbs, runs decent and is the kind of character the Titans like.  CBS has him going to the Seahawks two picks ahead of the Titans.  He has some warts and it will be up to the Titans to get him ready.  He pretty much projected to go round 1-2.  He's listed as a LT.  I saw Jackson mocked as 16 going to Miami.  Walter Football has him ranked #5 among OT's.  I think Conklin is gone.  Is he somebody we would take at 29?  Is there another name you like?  Who?

 

 

NFL.com

Jackson brings an intriguing blend of size, athleticism and upside. In the passing game, he has the quickness to easily cut off speed rushers and he plays with good knee bend and balance. He needs to improve on his punch, as he's often late to shoot his hands and gives up his chest, leaving him vulnerable to the bull rush. He flashes the ability to settle down after giving ground, but this needs to improve. In the run game, he has the quickness to reach/cut off on the back side and he does a good job of staying attached on the front side. His overall play strength needs to improve, but he's only 20 years old and that should come in time. Jackson isn't ready to play at a high level right away, but the upside is tantalizing.

 

Walter Football

In speaking to some team sources, they believe Jackson will be a first-round pick, but if offensive linemen get pushed down because of the amount of prospects, he might be an early second-round pick. They think Jackson could be a riser throughout the draft process as he should test and interview well.  

Evaluators say Jackson is a great athlete with quick feet and excellent agility. He is an easy mover with the ability to bend at the knee and play with good leverage. There were times where Jackson got away with some mistakes because of his athleticism, and he will need to work on technique for the NFL. Jackson is raw from a fundamentals standpoint, and that was exposed by A.J. Epenesa in Iowa's bowl win, but Jackson's skill set is that of a franchise left tackle. 

Earlier in 2019, Jackson took a leave from the Trojans in order to donate bone marrow to his younger sister, and he played extremely well after returning to the team.

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On 3/10/2020 at 1:23 AM, Number9 said:

One of NFL.com's draft gurus has Austin Jackson as the Titans pick, see their opinion of his talents below..  He's 6'6", 305 lbs, runs decent and is the kind of character the Titans like.  CBS has him going to the Seahawks two picks ahead of the Titans.  Is there another name you like?  Who?

 

I think there's a good chance they take a tackle, or possibly a CB if they don't re-sign Logan Ryan. Although he doesn't seem to be getting any decent offers elsewhere so there's probably a good chance he returns next season, so the team might not need to take a CB early on.

 

I've seen a few others have them taking another OL from here in Houston, Josh Jones. Maybe he's an option if Jackson is gone by #29.

 

They can probably wait until the 2nd or 3rd round to draft another DL to replace Casey, and maybe get a backup RB in the fifth round.

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