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Tennessee Titans have 22nd Pick in the 2021 NFL Draft

 

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Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – In determining draft order, non-playoff clubs select first through 18th, according to the reverse order of their standing (i.e., the team with the lowest winning percentage receives the first pick, the team with the second-lowest winning percentage receives the second pick, etc.).

Playoff teams select 19th through 32nd based on their level of advancement in the postseason.

Derrick Henry was the Tennessee Titans' 45th overall draft selection in 2016. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

Derrick Henry was the Tennessee Titans’ 45th overall draft selection in 2016. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

The Tennessee Titans finished 11-5 during the 2020 regular season and advanced to the wild card round.

The Indianapolis Colts did the same, and as a result, the two division rivals will rotate picks 21 and 22 in each round. Based on the 2020 strength-of-schedule tiebreaker (.475 for the Titans; .443 for the Colts), the Colts will pick ahead of the Titans in Round 1, the Titans will pick in front of the Colts in the second round, etc.

There have been two prior drafts in franchise history in which the team used the 22nd overall pick. In 1988, the Oilers used the pick on Michigan State running back Lorenzo White.

Over the next seven seasons, White appeared in 95 games for the Oilers, rushing for 4,079 yards and 29 touchdowns and adding 184 receptions for 1,674 yards and six scores. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 1992.

Tennessee Titans 2021 NFL Draft Selections

More recently, the Tennessee Titans traded up to the 22nd slot (from 25) to select Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans in 2018. Evans has started every game for the team for the past two seasons. He led the team with 139 tackles in 2019 and ranked third with 96 stops in 2020.

One year ago the 22nd pick was Louisiana State wide receiver Justin Jefferson, who was taken by the Minnesota Vikings. Jefferson made the Pro Bowl as a rookie after totaling 88 receptions for 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns.

 


 

In 54 drafts since 1967, when the NFL and AFL agreed to a “common draft,” there have been 10 total No. 22 overall picks (18.5 percent) that have made at least one Pro Bowl: White, linebacker Jack Reynolds (selected in 1970 by the Los Angeles Rams), defensive back Hanford Dixon (1981, Cleveland Browns), defensive back Gill Byrd (1983, San Diego Chargers), tackle Harris Barton (1987, San Francisco 49ers), wide receiver Andre Rison (1989, Indianapolis Colts), wide receiver Percy Harvin (2009, Minnesota Vikings), wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (2010, Denver Broncos), defensive back Desmond Trufant (2013, Atlanta Falcons) and
Jefferson.

The Tennessee Titans own the 53rd overall pick in the second round, and their initial pick in the third round is 85th overall. The latter is one spot sooner than would otherwise be the case due to the New England Patriots’ forfeiture of their third-round pick.


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