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NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah Discusses "Loaded Tackle Class," With a Pick for the Titans


NASHVILLE – In NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah first mock draft, he has seven offensive tackles going in the first round of April's NFL Draft.

And, Jeremiah has the Titans taking one of them.

Jeremiah's pick for the Titans at No.7: Penn State's Olumuyiwa Fashanu.

Jeremiah on the pick: "The Titans have a lot of needs on their roster, but landing a massive upgrade at tackle is the right way for them to go with this top-10 pick."

On a conference call on Thursday, Jeremiah said he thinks Notre Dame's Joe Alt is the "cleanest of the bunch" when discussing the tackles, and he tabbed Alt going to the Chargers at No.5, two picks ahead of the Titans.

Jeremiah loves the tackle class as a whole.

"It's a loaded tackle class," Jeremiah said on Thursday's call. "A bunch of day 1 starters."

When discussing Fashanu, Jeremiah said he's "massive, with ideal frame and length."

Jeremiah said Fashanu's overall tape is solid while describing him as a plug-and-play player on either the left side or right side of the line.

On his list of top 50 players on, Jeremiah listed Fashanu as the draft's 12th overall prospect, and gave this evaluation:

Fashanu has ideal size, length and strength for the left tackle position. In pass pro, he explodes out of his stance, redirects easily and has strong hands to stab and steer defenders. He can bend his knees and anchor when his eyes are in the right place. However, there are times (SEE: Ohio State tape) where his eyes get him in trouble and he gets uprooted by power rushers. In the run game, he is effective shielding and staying attached, but he could improve his consistency to finish. He is very quick in getting up to the second level. There is a little ankle tightness when he has to adjust in space. Overall, Fashanu is still very young and developing. He has all the tools to be a solid starting left tackle once he cleans up some small areas of his game.

The NFL Combine is scheduled for next week in Indianapolis.

The NFL Draft is scheduled for April 25-27 in Detroit.

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