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

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Utah Center Nick Ford. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Utah Center Nick Ford. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

Round 5, 142nd Overall: Alex Wright, EDGE, UAB

It’ll be interesting to see if the Tennessee Titans can get Harold Landry back with an extension, but the price will likely be high. They do have Bud Dupree in house, but continuing to reload the defensive line to pressure the top quarterbacks in the AFC is the right call.

Alex Wright is still a bit of a hidden gem in a deeper edge class, but he’s got the traits to slide into the Landry role. He has a quick first step, impressive burst, flexibility to turn the corner, and strong hands. The closing speed is there when he clears contact and he will be dynamite as a backside pursuit defender.

Round 5, 168th Overall: Nick Ford, C, Utah

As mentioned previously, the Tennessee Titans could lose Ben Jones in free agency, which would open up an important hole at center along the offensive line. With the Titans running a lot of duo with Henry in the backfield (getting the line to work upfield into the teeth of a defense with a specific double team picked out), getting a center with power familiarity is important.

Utah’s Nick Ford fits the bill here for the Titans. Ford has played all positions along the line in his collegiate career, but projects best as a center. He is a good run blocker, plays with a mean streak, and holds up very well in pass protection, absorbing power with power in his lower half.