Archive for April, 2008

Some Titans’ radio talk and character issues

April 30, 2008

I’ve heard some good post-draft talk on Nashville sports talk radio the last few days. Jeff Fisher was on at least three separate times on Monday, including a hour-long special. As usual, he claimed the Titans were very happy with the players they drafted and that every position of need was addressed.
One encouraging thing he did say was that the Titans didn’t consider Chris Johnson to be just a running back. He indicated the Titans were going to use him in a variety of ways, including splitting him out as a wide receiver, to get the ball in his hands multiple times per game. Fish also made a statement that Vince Young had been in town this spring far more than most people realized, he had spent a lot of time with Mike Heimerdinger and they were very excited about the offense. (more…)

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Recapping the Titans’ draft

April 28, 2008

It was certainly a mixed bag of draftees for the Titans this weekend. It’s a group that has drawn both kudos and criticism and the fan reaction here on Total Titans has mirrored that.
Round 1, Pick 24 (24): RB Chris Johnson, East Carolina
This is not only the most visible pick but also the one that’s drawn the most controversy. Depending on your point of view, the Titans either scored a touchdown or fumbled with this one. If you’re a guy who was looking for a speedy playmaker, this was the fastest guy in the draft and a guy with the potential to be an offensive weapon with an immediate impact. If you were looking for a receiver or defensive player, you’re upset at the waste of a pick. (more…)

Titans add a few undrafted free agents

April 27, 2008

The hustling and bustling of the draft may be over, but the Titans are still exploring avenues to bring in additional young talent.
Delaware RB Omar Cuff, Hawaii WR Jason Rivers and Kentucky G/C Eric Scott are the first of 10 undrafted free agents that the Titans expect to sign this week.
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Titans close 2008 draft by selecting Washburn CB Cary Williams in 7th round

April 27, 2008

The Titans chose Washburn CB Cary Williams with their 7th round pick, 229th overall.
Washburn is a 6’1″, 185 pound CB who’s run a 4.43 40 yard dash and was a Division II All-America in 2007 after finishing with 7 interceptions. He also provides return skills, with a 23.4 yard average and 2 TDs his senior year.
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Final Titan 4th round pick: Purdue LB Stanford Keglar

April 27, 2008

Jeff Fisher’s Pac-10 roots are showing. The USC alum picked two guys on the second day of the draft who hail from the University of California, and with their last selection in the 4th round, the Titans chose a guy named Stanford.
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Titans select Cal WR Lavelle Hawkins with 2nd 4th round pick

April 27, 2008

With the 126th pick in the 2008 NFL draft, acquired from the Dallas Cowboys for CB Adam Jones, the Tennessee Titans selected Cal WR Lavelle Hawkins.
After having been linked via speculation to Golden Bear wideout DeSean Jackson, the Titans have now taken two of Nate Longshore’s other targets, having previously grabbed TE Craig Stevens. Hawkins actually led the team in receptions with 72 last season. He’s bigger than Jackson, at 5’11”, 187#, but doesn’t have the same elite speed.
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With first 4th rounder, Titans select DE William Hayes

April 27, 2008

The Titans swapped 4th rounders with Washington, moving up to #103 to select little-known Winston-Salem State DE William Hayes with their first pick in the 4th round.
Hayes is a 6’2″ 272 lb DE who hails from a tiny school in North Carolina. He impressed scouts with his 4.6 forty-yard dash and an impressive showing in the bench press, lifting 225 lbs 28 times.
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Titans select California TE Craig Stevens in 3rd round

April 27, 2008

The Titans grabbed a TE in the third round, selecting Craig Stevens out of California.
Stevens, a 6’4″ 252 lb TE, is described as a high character guy with good blocking skills and the ability to catch the football. His athleticism is limited, but he is a guy who provides some depth at the TE position.
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Things we already know about the Titans’ 2008 draft

April 27, 2008

      This is it
      Make no mistake where you are
      This is it
      The waiting is over

      – Kenny Loggins

    There are a few things we already know about this year’s draft.
    With their sixth round pick, the Titans have selected DE Bryce Fisher from Seattle, who didn’t do much last year. You can already proclaim that move to be a wasted draft pick. When I buy a defective product I take it back to the store for a refund or exchange. Too bad the Seahawks have a no-return policy and that all sales are final.
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    Titans take Eastern Michigan DE Jason Jones in 2nd round

    April 26, 2008

    Continuing a theme begun with 1st round pick Chris Johnson, the Titans continued to head east, taking Eastern Michigan DE Jason Jones with their second round pick, 54th overall, in the 2008 NFL Draft.
    It’s not surprising to see Jones become a Titan, as both Drexel and I chose him in mock drafts we recently did. He played out of position at defensive tackle his senior year, but will be an end in the NFL. He apparently had a great day against Michigan this year, giving the Wolverines a lot of problems.
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