2020 NFL Mock Draft: Sifting through the pre-draft noise
Defense seems to be the likely direction for the Titans at this pick. They could select a top tackle to help replace Jack Conklin on the right side of the line, but they have a solid swing in Dennis Kelly who wouldn’t be a bad replacement for him.
As such, the Titans will probably focus on adding either a corner or a pass rusher, their two biggest defensive weaknesses. While Kristian Fulton could make sense here, Yetur Gross-Matos is probably the better option right now.
I mocked Gross-Matos to the Titans in a recent mock draft. Here’s what I said about his fit with the team at that time.
"Tennessee’s pass rush already wasn’t that great, so losing Casey is going to hurt. The team added Vic Beasley in free agency and Harold Landry is progressing nicely. But after losing Cameron Wake as well, they need more weapons for the defense. Yetur Gross-Matos would qualify. The Penn State product logged eight and nine sack seasons back to back and he has great athleticism. He is 6-foot-6, 266 pounds and is a perfect fit as an edge rusher in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. And if he bulks up a bit, he can probably play some five tech as well for the Titans. Gross-Matos has good burst at the line of scrimmage and has the length needed to be a mismatch against tackles. As he continues to get stronger and fill out his frame, he will become stronger and more versatile. He could become a real weapon for Mike Vrabel who will certainly enjoy watching Gross-Matos find ways to win at the line of scrimmage."
That still rings true, and unless one of the better corner or tackle prospects falls to the Titans, Gross-Matos probably makes the most sense here. He also completes a three-player run on edge players, and that makes sense at this point in the mock with a few talented pass rushers still on the board.