5 players Tennessee Titans should draft in the first round

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Titans mock NFL Draft, Kwity Paye
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 17: Kwity Paye #19 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to sack Peyton Ramsey #12 of the Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 31-20. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

2. Kwity Paye

Paye will appeal to the Titans as a prospect because he has the size required to rush the passer as a base defensive end in a three-man line. That makes him significantly different from the other pass rushers on this list.

His strength as a prospect is clearly using his size and power to get into the opposing backfield. Paye might only have average speed on the perimeter, but he can produce pressure from the inside. That’s a particular important quality for defensive ends in a 3-4 alignment.

Being a bit of an unconventional pass-rusher makes Paye’s draft stock difficult to discern. There’s a chance he goes off the board well before Tennessee gets a chance to take him. It’s equally likely that he slides all the way to the bottom of Round 1 because he lacks elite burst.

The Titans are the right team to halt his slide if he does start to drop. He’s a tough athlete who can get up the field and make negative plays for his defense. That’s something Tennessee really needs to add this offseason. Paye could evolve into a standout for the Titans if he does land in Nashville.