Monday, May 27, 2024

Titans select monster OT Latham at 7

The Tennessee Titans have selected Alabama OT JC Latham as the 7th overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

The 21-year-old tackle is a monster at 6’6″ and 335 pounds, but he is also versatile, fast and refined. And despite his age, he was a 2-year starter for the Crimson Tide.

PFF had this to say of him, “Latham is in the mold of an offensive lineman who does not come around often. He will be just 21 years old during his rookie season, yet he has two years of starting experience in the SEC. Despite drawing 18 penalties over the past two years and having room to improve in some anticipation parts of the position, Latham is a first-round trench player due to his rare combination of size, speed and refinement.”

Titans adding beef

Titans head coach Brian Callahan talked about the importance of flexibility of Latham, “There’s a precedent. I mean, guys have played right and played left and made the switch. It’s not super uncommon. I mean, it’s happened before. So we had a comfort level with the player and the athlete and what he’s capable of. And so, having him go to left and start out there—and look, if he doesn’t feel comfortable there, it doesn’t look right and look natural, move him back to right.”

“Like I said the other day, you need tackles, period. So, it doesn’t really affect us one way or the other which tackles he plays. He’s just a really strong, powerful, big, athletic human. There’s not a lot of guys that look like him on Earth. So, we like that.”

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