On potentially the largest day ever for the city of Nashville, lower Broadway was filled with fans of all 32 teams from around the world. Free concerts helped pass the time until the first pick and even Patrick Mahomes gave fans his presence to announce the new Madden cover.
But what was brewing in north Nashville at the Titans headquarters was a pick that many think was a steal, but still left some questions.
Jeffery Simmons was the Titans pick at 19 and it isn’t a bad pick at all. But questions still surround Simmons and they’re questions you wouldn’t like to have to address so early. Why did you pick a player with character questions, especially when the incident involved the hitting of a woman? When will Simmons be ready to step on the field due to his torn ACL?
These are questions you don’t want to have to answer right away. But they’re legitimate questions. The Titans are in no place to wait on their first round draft choice due to injury. They’re just not at all. Harold Landry still doesn’t have a running mate alongside him. Sure there’s Kamalei Correa, but he’s just a depth piece. Well how about Sharif Finch? He isn’t exactly the guy you want to be one of your long term EDGE rushers.
The Titans didn’t just pass on EDGE, they passed on wide receiver as well. How can you accurately judge Marcus Mariota’s fifth year without surrounding him with as much receiving talent as possible? It sounds foolish and puts out the notion quietly that Jon Robinson is just fine with his wide receiver situation(which he shouldn’t be).
Plus, how can you ignore wide receiver when you’re an injury or two away from having your receiving core plunging down the toilet? I don’t get the move.
I get the idea of finally getting someone to play alongside standout defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and believe me, he’s been overdue for some help for years.
But is that more important than drafting larger needs at EDGE and wide receiver? I don’t believe so.
While the Titans passed on talents such as Montez Sweat, DK Metcalf, and Marquise Brown, Jeffery Simmons will be working on the side fields and in the weight room during training camp. Not out there with his teammates and not providing a potential immediate impact.
I could be totally wrong on this, but give me someone who can make an impact now instead of waiting on him to recover from injury.