Archive for April, 2009

Eyeing the opposition: The Colts’ draft from a Titans perspective

April 30, 2009

2008 record: 12-4, wildcard playoff berth
 
Needs: RB, DT, LB, WR
 
2009 key draft picks:
Rd 1 – RB Donald Brown
Rd 2 – DT Fili Moala
Rd 3 – CB Jerraud Powers
Rd 4 – WR Austin Collie, DT Terrance Taylor
 
As long as Bill Polian is making the decisions you can expect the Colts to have solid, if not great, drafts. After all, he’ was the man who was certain that Peyton Manning would be better than Ryan Leaf and Edgerrin James would be more valuable than Ricky Williams. He drafted Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Dwight Freeney and Bob Sanders, just to name a few more stars.

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Players on Watch

April 29, 2009

Before the draft, I wrote about 54 players already on the team who I thought had a particularly legitimate chance of making the Titans’ roster.  With the Titans not only using all of their draft picks, contrary to my expectation, they even added a player.  So, for every draft pick, there’s one player on my list whose future as a Titan is in danger.  Let’s see who it is.

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Time to step up, Chris Davis and Paul Williams

April 29, 2009

As a result of last weekend’s draft selections, Chris Henry isn’t the only Tennessee Titan in danger of possibly losing a roster spot.

By addressing the wide receiver position in the form of two draft picks last weekend, keeping a job in Nashville has just become a little more difficult for WR holdovers Chris Davis and Paul Williams.

Like Henry, Davis and Williams are also members of the 2007 Titan draft class that have failed to become valuable team contributors as they enter year three of their careers.

Is it time to cut the chord on Davis and Williams?

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Where did the Titans help themselves the most in the draft?

April 28, 2009

If I had to characterize the Titans’ draft in one sentence, it would be something like this: The defense bolstered its depth, the offense acquired more weapons and the special teams added more speed.
 
But which one of those three facets of the game – offense, defense or special teams – should benefit most from the draft? It would be an interesting hypothetical three-way debate between coordinators Mike Heimerdinger, Chuck Cecil and special teams coach Alan Lowry.
 
Six of the eleven draft picks were on offense and five on defense. Many of those players, especially the defensive ones, will be asked to contribute on teams play. Let’s take a look at how each player can help the Titans.

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Assessment Time! Grading the Tennessee Titans’ draft weekend

April 27, 2009

As the case with the rest of the league’s teams, the last 48 hours have been an extremely eventful (and exhausting) timeframe for the Tennessee Titans.

The end result of Mike Reinfeldt and his staff’s hard work: the addition of 11 new players to the Tennessee Titan football family.

Now that the dust has settled and the smoke has cleared on a whirlwind of a weekend, it’s time for me to grab my professor hat and dish out a grade regarding the Titans’ decision-making over the last couple of days.

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Titans close 2009 draft by taking DB Nick Schommer

April 26, 2009

The Titans finished the 2009 draft by selecting another defensive back.  In this case, it was North Dakota State DB Nick Schommer.

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The Tennessee Titans select G Ryan Durand in 7th round

April 26, 2009

With their first pick in the seventh round, the Tennessee Titans selected Syracuse guard Ryan Durand.

Durand, who isn’t much of an athlete but is strong as an oxe, provides the team with another body at the guard position.

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The Titans add WR Dominique Edison in sixth round

April 26, 2009

With their complementary pick in the sixth round, pick #206 overall, the Titans have selected another receiver, Dominique Edison of Stephen F. Austin. He joins #1 selection Kenny Britt as much-needed additions to a thin wide receiver corps.
 
Edison followed up a prolific senior season (67 catches, 1,106 yards, 18 scores) with an impressive combine. I’m not too worried about the “lack of competition” label on him because of his scouting report. The same label was applied to Steve McNair and Cortland Finnegan, among others. Also to a couple of guys named Walter Payton and Jerry Rice.

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Titans take Rutgers CB Jason McCourty in 6th round

April 26, 2009

The Titans must have spent some time in New Jersey this offseason, as they selected their second player out of Rutgers.  Five rounds taking Kenny Britt, they addressed their need at cornerback in the 6th round by selecting Jason McCourty.

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The Tennessee Titans select RB Javon Ringer in 5th round

April 26, 2009

Memo to Chris Henry: your spot on the roster is anything but secure.

With their second of four compensatory picks, the Tennessee Titans addressed the running back position with their selection of Michigan State’s Javon Ringer in the 5th round.  

By drafting Ringer, the Titans have added depth to their stable of backs, which could eventually equate to trouble for the much-maligned Henry.

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