Titans enter NFL Draft with 25th Overall Selection
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans are scheduled to have the 25th overall selection and six total picks in the 83rd Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting, beginning April 26th, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.
The NFL will conduct the seven-round draft at AT&T Stadium, marking the first time an NFL stadium has hosted the event. The draft site will encompass the field, stands and outdoor plazas at the Dallas Cowboys’ home venue.
2018 NFL Draft begins at 7:00pm CT Thursday night, April 26th. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Meanwhile, Titans personnel, including executive vice president/general manager Jon Robinson and head coach Mike Vrabel, will be headquartered at Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville.
The opening Thursday night of the draft (7:00pm CT) will consist entirely of the 32 picks in the first round. Rounds 2 and 3 are set for Friday, April 27th, beginning at 6:00pm CT, and the draft concludes with Rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 28th, at 11:00am CT.
On The Air And The Web
For the first time ever, all seven rounds of the draft will air on broadcast television. NFL Network and FOX will team up to simulcast live coverage of Rounds 1-3. Additionally, the league has expanded its partnership with ESPN/ABC. ESPN2 will supplement ESPN’s coverage of Round 1 with a separate and unique college-themed production in addition to a simulcast of ESPN’s live coverage of Rounds 4-7 on ABC.
Live streaming of the 2018 NFL Draft coverage will be available across devices (smartphone, PC, tablet and connected TVs) through the NFL app or NFL.com. Fans can also stream the live 2018 NFL Draft through FOX Sports and the ESPN App, available for subscribers of the networks’ participating TV providers.
Radio listeners can tune to the Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone. Titans Radio, led by the “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith, will feature special draft programming throughout the weekend, including gavel-to-gavel coverage of the first round.
TitansOnline.com will provide up-to-the-minute information on the team’s selections and live draft coverage, including press conferences with Robinson and Vrabel and special coverage of the first round from Arlington. The official Titans app for Android, iOS and Blackberry devices can be found easily at the respective app stores or at apps.yinzcam.com/nfl/ten
Additionally, fans can follow the team through its social media platforms, including Facebook (@Titans), Twitter (@Titans), Instagram (@Titans) and Snapchat (nfltitans). Social media users also are encouraged to use the hashtag #TitansDraft.
The Titans possess six picks—all of their original selections with the exception of their seventh rounder. In 2017, they traded their 2018 seventh-round choice to the Kansas City Chiefs for defensive lineman David King. The last time the Titans had six picks or fewer in a single draft was 2014 (six picks).
In addition to the 25th overall pick in the first round, the Titans possess their original pick in Rounds 2 (57th overall), 3 (89th overall), 4 (125th overall), 5 (162nd overall) and 6 (199th overall).
In determining draft order, non-playoff clubs select first through 20th, according to the reverse order of their standing at the end of the most recent season (i.e., the team with the worst record receives the first pick, the team with the second-worst record receives the second pick, etc.). Playoff teams select 21st through 32nd based on their level of advancement in the postseason.
The Titans were one of seven teams in 2017 to win nine games. However, due to their Divisional Playoff Round finish, they will choose later than the other teams at pick 25 in every round.
Barring a trade, the 25th overall pick will be the lowest the Titans have picked in the first round since 2009, when they selected wide receiver Kenny Britt with the 30th overall choice. The Titans have never previously picked from the 25th slot in the draft.
In 51 drafts since 1967, when the NFL and AFL agreed to a “common draft,” there have been nine No. 25 overall picks that have gone on to make at least one Pro Bowl: wide receiver Stanley Morgan (drafted in 1977 by the New England Patriots), nose tackle Ted Washington (1991, San Francisco 49ers), guard Jermane Mayberry (1996, Philadelphia Eagles), linebacker Jon Beason (2007, Carolina Panthers), cornerback Mike Jenkins (2008, Dallas Cowboys), cornerback Vontae Davis (2009, Miami Dolphins), linebacker Dont’a Hightower (2012, New England Patriots), cornerback Xavier Rhodes (2013, Minnesota Vikings) and cornerback Jason Verrett (2014, San Diego Chargers).
Last year with the 25th-overall pick, the Cleveland Browns selected safety Jabrill Peppers.
Other recent noteworthy 25th picks include the following: cornerback Artie Burns (2016, Pittsburgh Steelers), quarterback Tim Tebow (2010, Denver Broncos), wide receiver Santonio Holmes (2006, Pittsburgh Steelers), defensive end Charles Grant (2002, New Orleans Saints) and defensive tackle Chris Hovan (2000, Minnesota Vikings).