Titans trade back with Dolphins in Sports Illustrated mock draft

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We’ve seen just about every scenario possible for the Tennessee Titans with their first pick in the 2021 NFL draft, whether it be staying put at No. 22 overall, trading up or trading back.

In the latest mock draft from Sports Illustrated’s Gary Gramling, he has the Titans taking the latter approach and striking a deal with the Miami Dolphins to move back in the first round.

The deal has the Titans taking over the No. 24 overall pick, which was acquired by the Dolphins via a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers that Gramling put together a bit earlier in his mock.

In order to move up to No. 22, the Dolphins send the Titans a third-rounder (87th overall), and the Titans send back their second of two third-round selections (100th overall) to complete the deal.

And, with their new first-round pick, the Titans are still able to land Virginia Tech cornerback, Caleb Farley, in Gramling’s mock, while the Dolphins take Penn State EDGE Jayson Oweh.

Here’s Gramling’s take on Tennessee’s pick:

The Titans are perfectly happy to move down a few spots with a handful of cornerbacks still on the board. And the fact that they sent basically every cornerback within a 70-mile radius of Nashville packing this offseason, they can overlook concerns over Farley’s (probably minor) back surgery and secure a guy who probably should’ve gone in the top half of Round 1.

With the Titans having a grand total of nine picks, general manager Jon Robinson has plenty of flexibility to move up in any given round.

But would the Titans really move back with Farley sitting out there at No. 22 overall? I’d venture to guess the answer is no, especially when the return is only a 13-pick improvement in the third round.

As far as the specific pick is concerned, Farley would be a home run for the Titans in Round 1.

His projected slide is a result of medical issues, but if healthy Farley has the potential to be an elite shutdown corner at the next level and is well worth the risk, much like Jeffery Simmons was in 2019.

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