The Titans had some interesting needs coming into this offseason. They addressed the need for offensive line and wide receiver in free agency. That really left the defensive side of the ball as the main positions of need for this team. After the way the Colts stepped forward at offensive line last year and the projection that the Texans would go offensive line they need to get better rushing the passer. However, they are also in a nice position where they have no absolute screaming needs right now. The Titans added a big body to learn from Jurrell Casey in Jeffery Simmons out of Mississippi State.
Adding Cameron Wake as a pass rusher meant that the Titans biggest need on the defensive side of the ball was on the line, alongside Casey. Heading into the draft Austin Johnson was the man slated to line up at nose tackle, and he is not a long term solution on the defensive line. However, unless they Titans address the position again via a free agent pick up then Johnson will need to be the guy. Jeffery will be redshirting the majority of this year due to a torn ACL.
There are character concerns for Simmons, but he is landing in a solid organisation with a very respected head coach. Simmons is going to get a year to study and learn from Casey before potentially becoming a monster in the centre of this defence. Simmons has been stated to be a top five talent which the Titans got for the #19 pick. That is great value and the fit is good too.
In 2018 Simmons had great numbers, with 63 tackles, 17 for a loss, two sacks and a forced fumble. Simmons spent a lot of the season getting doubled teamed and that makes those numbers even more impressive. He is also incredibly consistent after putting up similar numbers in 2017.