Potential small-school draft targets for the Tennessee Titans

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Through the years, the Tennessee Titans have been more than willing to devote draft picks towards players hailing from small college football programs.

The likes of Cortland Finnegan (Samford), Michael Roos (Eastern Washington), Jacob Ford (Central Arkansas) and more recently, William Hayes (Winston-Salem State) and Jason Jones (Eastern Michigan), are prime examples of overlooked draft prospects who have emerged as valuable contributors for the Titans.

Let’s take a look at five small-school prospects who could potentially hear their names called by the Tennessee Titans on draft day.  

Ramses Barden WR Cal Poly

At 6’6″, Barden has the potential to be a great red zone threat in the NFL. One of the draft’s best kept secrets prior to the combine, Barden has become everyone’s favorite sleeper as we get closer and closer to late April.

If the Titans do the expected and pass up on the opportunity to draft a WR in the first round, “King Ramses” would be a great target in the second or third round.

Everette Pedescleaux DE Northern Iowa

If drafted, Titans’ fans will have a lot of fun attempting to pronounce this guy’s name. Everette is a 6’6″ 305 lb. defensive end who, similar to Jason Jones, is also a former standout basketball player.

I agree with Andrew that it’s not likely that the Titans will spend a first-rounder on a DE. However, an under-the-radar type of player such as Everette would be a nice pickup in the 3rd or 4th round.

Jason Williams LB Western Illinois

Though still productive, Outside linebackers Keith Bulluck and David Thornton aren’t getting any younger. Needless to say, the Titans could use the services of a young OLB with the potential to develop into a starter down the road.

Jason Williams, who’s already scheduled to visit Baptist Sports Park, is a player with some upside who could emerge as a draft day target for the Titans. Maybe he (or Pedescleaux) could follow in the footsteps of William Hayes by becoming the latest Titan to be drafted who wasn’t invited to the combine.

Sammie Lee Hill DT Stillman

Jovan Haye and Kevin Vickerson will assume the unenviable role of replacing the presence of Albert Haynesworth on the defensive line next year. However, the Titans could be willing to devote a draft choice towards a younger DT to develop for the long haul.  

I’d love for the Titans to select behemoth Ron Brace but if he isn’t available, little-known DT prospect Sammie Lee Hill could be a sleeper target in the middle rounds. Like Brace, Hill has a ton of size (6’4″ 330 lbs.) and could become a nice DT developmental prospect for D-line coach Jim Washburn.

Joel Bell OT Furman

With Daniel Loper’s departure to Motown, the Titans are lacking adequate depth at both backup offensive tackle positions. As a result, don’t be shocked if the Titans select an OT on draft day.

Joel Bell is a 6’6″ 315 lb. sleeper with great size and athletic ability who could emerge as a middle/late round target. Despite facing lesser competition and lacking some strength, I’m confident that if Bell is drafted, offensive line coach Mike Munchak would find a way to get the most out of this small school prospect.

Are there any small-school guys that you would like to see the Titans draft later this month?    

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6 Responses to “Potential small-school draft targets for the Tennessee Titans”

  1. Scott Says:

    Since the Titans always seem to use a high draft pick on a running back, how about Rashad Jennings from Liberty? Unlikely this year I know, given that he will likely go in the second or third round, but I wouldn’t mind seeing the Titans take a between the tackles RB that isn’t as soft as Lendale.

  2. Joel Greene Says:

    King Ramses seems too good to be still kicking around late in the second round but man if he is…

  3. steve Says:

    yea…i love the barden prospect but kind of doubt we will get that lucky. another small school stud is lawrence sidbury. this kid reminds me of the freak…extremely athletic and really long arms…like the barden prospect though, i have my doubts about him being there. his stock is rising fast!!

  4. steve Says:

    yea…i love the barden prospect but kind of doubt we will get that lucky. another small school stud is lawrence sidbury. this kid reminds me of the freak…extremely athletic and really long arms…like the barden prospect though, i have my doubts about him being there. his stock is rising fast!!

  5. Drexel Perry Says:

    Scott,
    Jennings is a guy that I remember watching in the
    Senior Bowl. Tough runner who, as you said, is a good in-between-the-tackles back.
    Not sure if the Titans are interested, but they did bring in RB Andre Brown for a workout, a guy who has good size and displayed nice speed in his forty times at the combine.
    Steve,
    Sidbury is actually scheduled to visit the Titans in the coming days:
    http://blogs.nfl.com/2009/03/30/delb-sidbury-jr-brings-masses-to-richmond/
    If he’s available, there’s definitely a chance that he could be drafted by the Titans.
    As always, thanks for commenting, guys.

  6. whisker Says:

    i like mark parson from ohio.

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