The players Titans have drafted at No. 22 overall in franchise history

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The Tennessee Titans were bounced from the playoffs in the first round after an 11-5 season and an AFC South title, leading to their owning the No. 22 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft.

The Titans have owned this specific four times in franchise history. Three of those selections came when they were the Houston Oilers in 1963, 1964 and 1988, and then the Titans had that pick once again in 2018.

The first two, running back Jerry Cook (1963) out of Texas and offensive tackle Bobby Crenshaw (1964) out of Baylor, were both third-round picks in the AFL draft and neither player ever suited up for the Oilers.

In 1988, the Oilers selected running back Lorenzo White in the first round of the NFL draft. The Michigan State product spent seven seasons with the franchise.

White compiled 1,000 carries for 4,242 yards and 29 touchdowns during his Houston tenure, with his best season coming in 1992 when he finished with 1,226 yards, seven scores and a Pro Bowl nod.

White broke the 700-yard mark two other times, but never reached 1,000 yards or more again. He ended up moving on to play for the Cleveland Browns in 1995, his last season in the league.

In 2018, the Titans picked Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans, who just completed his third season in the two-tone blue in 2020.

Evans showed plenty of promise during his first two seasons, and especially in his sophomore campaign in 2019, when he finished second on the team in tackles with 111, tallied 2.5 sacks and was a force against the run.

Unfortunately for Tennessee, Evans took a step back last year, as his season was marred by ineffective play and a team-high eight penalties. His fifth-year option, which once looked like a lock to be picked up, is now in question. The Titans will have to decide by May what to do with their linebacker.

Overall, the Titans have gotten a few solid players in the spot they’re set to pick during the 2021 NFL draft, but none qualifies as a home-run pick. General manager Jon Robinson can change that on April 29.

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