Tennessee Titans 7-Round 2022 Mock Draft: Setting A Tone Up Front

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Cade Otton, 2022 NFL Draft
Washington tight end Cade Otton is a top TE in the 2022 NFL Draft. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

Round 3, 90th Overall: Cade Otton, TE, Washington

The plan of beefing up the “trenches” and improving the offense continues here in the third round. After letting Jonnu Smith walk in free agency, many believed that Anthony Firkser could take a leap in the offense in 2021. That breakout never came, and now Firkser is a free agent, and the tight end room looks really thin.

Cade Otton has dropped off the radar a bit in a deeper tight end class. Part of the reason is the lack of production in a horrific Washington offense. However, get Otton into a better offense, and the results will come because of the traits he possesses. Otton is a good blocker and has the ability to contribute early inline. He’s also got a strong floor as a receiver, with a good route tree, impressive ball skills, and some balance and toughness after the catch.

Round 4, 129th Overall: Verone McKinley III, S, Oregon

The Tennessee Titans could have a thin safety room in 2022 if Amani Hooker doesn’t return, which opens the door for the 2022 NFL Draft. It’s a class that will have some early-career role players available on day three, and the Titans get one here in Verone McKinley III.

McKinley’s hype got a little out of hand early in the season, but his range should be early on day three. He isn’t the best athlete on the field, but his instincts, processing, and recognition skills are very good. He can operate in two-high looks, work as a robber in the middle of the field, and make plays in the box. McKinley has a nose for the ball, is opportunistic with turnovers, and is a reliable tackler.