Devin Lloyd and Erik Ezukanma join the team

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The Tennessee Titans pulled out of the playoffs amid a weekend of exceptional NFL drama. It is one of four teams whose attention is now turned to 2022 NFL Draft rather than Super Bowl 56. Can they retool and bounce back next season? That’s exactly what this Titans 2022 7-Round NFL Mock Draft is all about.

Tennessee Titans 7-round NFL mock draft

For the purposes of this 2022 Titans NFL Mock Draft, we have allowed NFPs Mock Draft Simulator free with trades (equipped with the latest NFL draft order) to work its magic on the selections. They’re based on the Titans’ projected needs in the 2022 NFL Draft, where they currently have just six picks. Let’s see how this transport improves the future fortunes of Tennessee.

Round 1, Pick 26: Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah

After throwing 3 interceptions in the Divisional Round loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, quarterback Ryan Tannehill was reviled on social media. Large swaths of fans, analysts, and basically anyone with an opinion and the means to express it directed their disappointment at the ninth-year passer.

However, don’t expect the Titans to be dragged into the murky waters of the quarterback class of the 2022 NFL Draft. The Titans are a team without a slew of draft needs. Still, a lack of salary cap space and some impending free agents will shape their draft class. It starts at linebacker, where Jayon Brown and Rashaan Evans are both set to receive a raise.

You want your top pick to have the potential for immediate impact. There may not be a player in this class who has ‘impact’ woven into his fabric more than the Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd. It is a hard-hitting destroyer in the racing game. Moreover, the Pac-12 The Defensive Player of the Year is a top-level athlete with the football smarts to allow for excellent covering ability.

Other alternatives to #26: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia; Trevor Penning, OT, northern Iowa; Treylon Burk, WR, Arkansas

Round 3, Pick 90: Erik Ezukanma, WR, Texas Tech

As a result of Julio Jones’ trade, the Titans are without a second-round pick in this 2022 7-round mock NFL Draft. Averaging just 43.4 yards per game during his tenure of 10 games with the Titans, Jones has hardly provided an exceptional return on investment. You also can’t avoid the fact that Julio will turn 33 at the start of next season. So finding a long-term option alongside AJ Brown’s numbers is a pressing need this offseason.

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It is a deep class of pass catchers in the 2022 NFL Draft. Therefore, Erik Ezukanma flies under the radar in it. A firm favorite under PFN draft analyst Ian Cummings, the Texas Tech receiver has many of the qualities that see Treylon Burks winning the WR1 discussion. A big-bodied frontier threat, Ezukanma is also a magnificent threat after capture. His ridiculous athleticism-to-size ratio makes him a versatile weapon.

Other alternatives to No. 90: channing tindal, LB, Georgia; Cade Otto, TE, Washington; Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati

Round 4, Pick 129: Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State

Tight end Jonnu Smith had played a pivotal role in that Titans offense before he left for the New England Patriots. Although a change in offensive coordinator was a contributing factor, it took the tight line of Anthony Firkser, MyCole Pruitt and Geoff Swaim to replicate Smith’s 8 touchdowns.

It would be a surprise if Tennessee didn’t add a tight end this offseason. The Titans do just that in this 2022 mock 7-round NFL Draft with Ohio State tight end Jeremy Ruckert. A deceptive athlete with keen running acumen and excellent catching ability, Ruckert also uses his football smarts and surprisingly wicked demeanor as a blocker.

Other alternatives to #129: Calvin Austin III, WR, Memphis; Cole Turner, TE, Nevada; Dare Rosenthal, OT, Kentucky

Round 4, Pick 140: Amaré Barno, EDGE, Virginia Tech

After Harold Landry posted a stellar season, the Titans will want to keep the young pass thrower from hitting free agency. However, finding someone to play opposite him will be a potential need in April. Bud Dupree hasn’t lived up to his free agent billing. He contributed just 3 sacks and 2 tackles for the loss in a campaign where he made just six starts.

With the second of their fourth-round picks in this 2022 mock 7-round NFL Draft, the Titans add a powerful passing thrower in the form of Amaré Barno. The Virginia Tech outside linebacker exhibits explosive ability and impressive flexibility to be a force around the outside lane. Barno has the length to be a disruptive force in several phases of the game.

Other alternatives to No. 140: James Empey, C, BYU; Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin; Christian Watson, WR, State of North Dakota

Round 5, Pick 168: Justin Shaffer, G, Georgia

Although the stats don’t tell the whole story, the Titans have given up the seventh-most sacks in the NFL this season. Tennessee has allowed a sack on 8.1% of its passing plays. The Titans selected Dillon Radunz in the second round of last year’s draft. Still, I would expect Tennessee to make additions in free agency and the 2022 NFL Draft to potentially multiple positions down the line.

Here they land the title-winning left guard Justin Shaffer in the fifth round. A significant roadblock at 6’4″ and 330 pounds, Shaffer is a powerful mover. His experience in an intensive attack for the Bulldogs makes him the ideal candidate to pave the way for Derrick Henry in Tennessee.

Other alternatives to #168: Marcus Jones, BC, Houston; James Mitchell, Technical Technician, Virginia Tech; DeAngelo Malone, EDGE, Western Kentucky

Round 6, Pick 206: Vincent Gray, BC, Michigan

The Titans complete this mock 7-round 2022 NFL Draft by adding depth to the cornerback room. Although we still saw times when he was caught out of position this season, Michigan CB Vincent Gray has improved his stock this year. He has shown impressive awareness, improved running support, and has ball-peddling tendencies. In round six, you’re not looking for Day 1 starters, and Gray could turn into a nice deep piece.

Other alternatives to #206: Emeka Emezie, WR, NC State; Dawson Deaton, C, Texas Tech; Jeremiah Gemmel, LB, North Carolina

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