Draftseason’s Draft Grade A Day is back! This is where we look at each team’s 2019 Draft class and grade it based on PRODUCTION ONLY! Points will be awarded per round and the scale is determined on the expectation of the round the pick was made. Fractional points are given out as well as bonus points for any player who outplayed their Draft ranking. We will add up the total points to determine the final grade. We started with the Arizona Cardinals who had the first pick in 2019 and will work our way up.
Grading Scale: (total possible per round)
Round 1 – 5 points
Round 2 – 4 points
Round 3 – 3 points
Round 4 – 2 points
Round 5 – 1 point
Round 6 & 7 – 0 points
Pick: DT Jeffrey Simmons, Mississippi St.
Analysis: Simmons came back from his ACL injury and started 7 games and had 32 tackles and 2 sacks. The Titans have to be pumped for what he could do in a full season.
Pick: WR AJ Brown, Ole Miss
Analysis: AJ Brown went on a tear when Ryan Tannehill took over at quarterback. He had 52 receptions on the season with 1,051 yards and 8 touchdowns. He’s a stud.
Pick: G Nate Davis, Charlotte
Analysis: Davis started 12 games for the Titans. That’s a hell of a turn around from a third-round choice.
Pick: S Amani Hooker, Iowa
Analysis: Hooker was active for every game but had just 19 tackles on the season.
Pick: OLB D’Andre Walker, Georgia
Analysis: Walker sadly missed his rookie season with an injury.
Analysis: Round 6
Pick: OLB David Long, West Virginia
Analysis: Long played in 14 games and had 15 tackles and a forced fumble. That’s enough for a wee bit of bonus pointage.
FINAL GRADE & ANALYSIS
Final Grade: 12.5/15 83% B
The Titans made it to the AFC Championship game in 2019, and the production they got out of their draft class surely helped. Their biggest impact player was second-round wide receiver, AJ Brown. Once Ryan Tannehill took over from Marcus Mariota at quarterback, Brown became the focal point of the Titans passing game. He used his big frame to catch over 50 balls for over 1000 yards and an impressive 8 touchdowns. He will be the team’s number one wide receiver moving forward. First-round pick Jeffrey Simmons was taken with the knowledge he was going to miss some time during his rookie season as he bounced back from an ACL injury. He showed up around the midpoint of the season and made an impact with 2 sacks and over 30 tackles. He’ll be great once he gets a full and healthy offseason under his belt. Nate Davis was also a key contributor as a rookie. The big, beefy guard started 12 games and helped Derrick Henry get the rushing title, by opening up some gaping holes. He should be a starter for the foreseeable future. The rest of their class didn’t do much in year one, but Hooker, Long, and Walker could all see much more playing time in year two. This grade should rise over time. AJ Brown doesn’t appear to be slowing down, Nate Davis should once again start, and Jeffery Simmons will have a full season in year two, giving the Titans more bang for that first-round buck.