Round 5, No. 147: Moro Ojomo, IDL – Texas
For their first defensive pick in this mock draft, the Titans use their fifth-round selection to add a defensive lineman in Texas’s Moro Ojomo. Ojomo fits the profile of a 3-4 defensive end and could serve in a reserve role early in his career before potentially becoming a consistent starter.
At 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds, Ojomo tested very well at this year’s Combine, with a 5.04 40-yard dash and 29 reps on the bench press. On the field, Ojomo relies heavily on his strength and showed the ability to play across the defensive line in college. Ojomo is an aggressive down lineman but will need some help to fine-tune some of his techniques before becoming a solid contributor in the NFL.
With Jeffrey Simmons resigned, Ojomo would be served well to learn behind one of the premier interior rushers in the NFL and could contribute as a pass rusher in a similar fashion from the interior. Ojomo is certainly a raw prospect, but for a team who needs depth across the defensive line, he is definitely worth a fifth-round selection.
Round 6, No. 186 (via ATL): Payne Durham, TE – Purdue
The Titans seem to have found something in 2022 fourth-round pick Chigoziem Okonkwo, but pairing up the young player with a more in-line tight end like Purdue’s Payne Durham would greatly diversify the skills of the position group. Okonkwo is more of an H-back tight end, and adding a more traditional-sized player to the end of the line would give the Titans more options in the run-blocking game.
Payne isn’t quite the athlete that Okonkwo is, but at 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, the sure-handed tight end is a reliable target over the middle of the field and would be a safe outlet for whoever lines up behind center for Tennessee. Like many tight ends making the transition from college to the NFL, some of the run-blocking techniques will need to be improved, but Durham has shown to be a willing blocker.
Durham would be a great late-round addition in this mock draft to add another layer of complexity to an otherwise somewhat stale offense that Tennessee has utilized over the past few seasons, to varying degrees of success.
Round 7, No. 228: Aubrey Miller Jr, LB – Jackson State
With the final pick of the final mock draft for Tennessee, the Titans might look towards a local product in Jackson State linebacker Aubrey Miller Jr. A Memphis native, Miller has the size and physicality that could help solidify the front seven of the defense. At 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds, Miller is a thumper in the middle of the defense and has a great explosion coming downfield.
Linebacker isn’t a huge need currently for the Titans, but if Miller can turn into a more dependable player stopping the run and can gain some technique to perform better against the pass, he could turn into a great player in the NFL. With a former linebacker in head coach Mike Vrabel looking over a player of Miller’s natural size and power, he should have a solid chance to turn into a dependable player for the Titans over the middle of their defense.