Round 2 – Pick 51
Charles Omenihu, DT, Texas
The last slide ended with discussing the need for Tennessee to grab another interior player. Their best defensive lineman, Jurrell Casey, is aging. Bennie Logan, who played well next to him, is a free agent and unlikely to be back. DaQuan Jones, the third man on the line, is a solid player in his own right. It seems like they are one man short for their odd front.
That is where Charles Omenihu would prosper. He gets labeled as a tweener at 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds. In a situation like Tennessee’s, he would excel as a five-technique on the inside shoulder of the tackle. His versatility would be loved by Mike Vrabel, who comes from the Patriots system. Omenihu has the potential to be a Trey Flowers-type pass rusher. He’s not quick enough to consistently corner at the edge, but his impressive fluidity in tight spaces and active hands allow him to get to the quarterback.
Having a player that can move all over the defensive front will open up options for the Titans on defense. Omenihu can even play end in short down situations to get more bulk on the field. He gives them a piece to pair with last year’s second-round pick, Harold Landry, and free agent signing Cameron Wake. The foursome of those three and Casey could give the AFC South nightmares.
Just like with the first pick, Tennessee can go in a handful of directions. They could opt for a more size-eating player like Clemson’s Dexter Lawrence to play the nose. Tight ends are an option as well, unfortunately there was little value in the mock draft at the position. The same can be said for edge rusher, but it would have been a reach to grab a player, especially one that fits the Titans scheme.