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ESPN's Mel Kiper Discusses Draft Options for Titans


NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Mel Kiper Jr. hasn't budged on the No.1 pick.

The ESPN draft analyst still has the Titans taking Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil first overall in the NFL Draft.

During a conference call on Tuesday afternoon, Kiper discussed Tunsil and also options for the Titans in the second round, with pick No.33. Kiper also touched on a possibility for the team's third round pick (No.64).

He mentioned Texas Christian receiver Josh Doctson and Oklahoma's Sterling Shephard at the top of the second round.

"If (the Titans) get the offensive lineman early, then a wide receiver would be another possibility (in the second round),'' Kiper said. "Some names at the top of the (second) round I think you could go with, I'd say a Josh Doctson from TCU or Sterling Shepard from Oklahoma – take your pick.

"If you are looking at safeties at that point, Vonn Bell from Ohio State could still be there. (Safety) Karl Joseph, coming off an injury from West Virginia. So those are some of the options."

As for pick No.64, Kiper said Sean Davis, a versatile cornerback/safety out of Maryland, "would be a good option."

Kiper listed Tunsil first overall in his mock draft released on Tuesday. Kiper also had Tunsil pegged for the Titans in his mock draft from February.

Kiper initially had the Titans taking Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa at No.1 in his mock draft from January.

On Tuesday, Kiper said he now has Bosa No.3 on his big board, but he doesn't necessarily think he'll go that high.

"He is a fear factor player, it is hard to block him,'' Kiper said of Bosa. "I think he is in line to maybe be the 6th pick by Baltimore. I don't think he goes in the top 3."

As for Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey, Kiper said he could be in play at No.3 to San Diego, along with Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley and Oregon defensive lineman  DeForest Buckner.

But plenty hinges on the Titans at No.1, Kiper said.

"(If) they traded down you'd be looking at Ronnie Stanley … Jalen Ramsey,'' Kiper said of Tennessee's pick. "It depends on if they keep the pick and take Tunsil, and we have to see what happens in free agency."


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