How did Titans decide on Jeffery Simmons? Research, calculated risk and a lot of faith

They could have traded down. They could have traded up. They could have drafted someone else, someone without significant red flags on his resume or someone who wouldn’t have had general manager Jon Robinson almost immediately going on the defensive in his explanation of the pick.

But the Titans couldn’t resist.

They selected Jeffery Simmons. Big and athletic. Strong and agile. Mississippi State-forged and SEC-tested. The ultra-talented, do-it-all defensive tackle. But yes, there was a reason the 6-foot-4, 301-pounder was still on the board when the Titans were on the clock with the 19th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Two, actually: a reprehensible incident in high school and a recently torn ACL.

Robinson has made 29 picks since being named the team’s general manager in January 2016; this was the one he had to answer for most.

Amy Adams Strunk has been the Titans’ controlling owner since March 2015; this, she said, was the most she’s been involved in drafting a player.


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