Assessment Time! Grading the Tennessee Titans’ draft weekend

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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.

First Round- Kenny Britt WR Rutgers

For those of you desiring the Titans to select a WR in the first round for the first time since 1998, your wishes have finally come true.

Britt is a physical specimen who possesses the qualities usually found in an ideal Titan WR: He’s strong, blocks well and has good size. Britt has the potential to develop into a nice red zone threat for the Titans next year and beyond.

It remains to be seen whether or not Britt can make an impact in his first season. However, on a team with a combination of inexperienced and unproductive young players behind starting wideouts Justin Gage and Nate Washington, Britt should have a great opportunity to start making plays on a consistent basis right away.

Second Round- Sen’Derrick Marks DT Auburn

Marks is an athletic guy who should develop into a solid DT once Jim Washburn whips him into NFL form.  

Drafting Marks could spell trouble for reserve DT Kevin Vickerson, who may be facing an uphill climb to make next year’s roster.

Third Round- Jared Cook TE South Carolina

Bo Scaife: considered yourself warned.

Cook’s arrival should be a message heard loud and clear by Bo Scaife: whether you sign your franchise-tender or not, this ship is going to keep sailing.

I love Jared’s athleticism and in a few years, he has the potential to become as good as anyone in this Titan draft class.  

Third Round- Ryan Mouton CB Hawaii

Despite being a bit undersized, Mouton is a speedy guy with playmaking capabilities.

Best-case scenario: he’s a poor man’s version of Alphonso Smith.

Worst-case scenario: the Titans will regret passing on Vandy’s D.J. Moore to choose Mouton.

Should be interesting to see how this one plays out.

Fourth Round- Gerald McGrath LB Southern Miss

McGrath should join Stanford Keglar as Keith Bulluck’s potential heir-apparents.

The Titans are getting the best of both worlds with McGrath: he has the smarts of a middle linebacker and the size/speed to also play on the outside.

Fourth Round- Troy Kropog OT Tulane  

Troy is a big guy who should compete with Mike Otto for Daniel Loper’s vacated backup tackle spot. Not an exciting pick, but considering the need for depth on the offensive line, I totally understand why Troy was selected here.  

Fifth Round- Javon Ringer RB Michigan State  

Ringer is another best of both worlds pick for the Titans: he’ll serve as a short-term replacement for Mr. Invisible, Chris Henry and for the long-term, he could eventually emerge as the team’s second halfback if LenDale White vacates the premises.

I wouldn’t be shocked at all if Ringer earns some carries as early as next season.  

Sixth Round- Jason McCourty CB Rutgers

I actually like this pick better than the Mouton one in the third round.

McCourty has a nice size-speed combination and could end up being a sixth-round steal for the Titans.

Sixth Round- Dominique Edison WR Stephen F. Austin 

Speaking of size and speed, those are also two attributes that belong to this small-school target.

He’s probably a long-shot to make the roster but considering that he’s going to be competing with guys such as Chris Davis and Paul Williams, who knows, maybe Edison will have a chance to supplant one of the aforementioned underachievers.

Seventh Round- Ryan Durand G Syracuse

Nothing wrong with getting some additional guard depth at this point in the draft.

Seventh Round- DB Nick Schommer North Dakota State

This guy has special teams written all over him. I expect a few bone-jarring hits and nasty blocks from this warrior in training camp and the preseason.

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Ok..the moment we’ve all been waiting for:It’s time to dish out a grade for the Titans’ efforts this weekend.

As a whole, I liked what Tennessee did over the last two days. They finally chose quality over quantity by selecting a WR in the first round. They also added some DT help as well as some depth at CB, OLB and the offensive line. 

I wasn’t that enamored with the team’s decision to trade a 2010 second-rounder to secure another third-rounder, but Cook has the potential to become Scaife’s eventual replacement. Therefore, I can live with the team’s decision to sacrifice one of next year’s picks.

Draft Grade: B

Your turn, Titan fans: How would you grade the team’s draft weekend efforts?    

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13 Responses to “Assessment Time! Grading the Tennessee Titans’ draft weekend”

  1. Seth Leonard Says:

    I’ll say B as well. It’s time to get a receiver, but you just can’t know what they will turn into.
    Good need-based drafting

  2. Andrew K Says:

    I would say that this was probably a B+, maybe an A- draft. I love everything except for, as you said, trading next years 2nd for a 3rd this year. Also, the Ryan Mouton pick was a little high, but who knows he could turn out to be a good player. I think that we hit all of our needs, while adding depth at positions that we need them, and also creating some very interesting competitions.

  3. Andrew K Says:

    I would say that this was probably a B+, maybe an A- draft. I love everything except for, as you said, trading next years 2nd for a 3rd this year. Also, the Ryan Mouton pick was a little high, but who knows he could turn out to be a good player. I think that we hit all of our needs, while adding depth at positions that we need them, and also creating some very interesting competitions.

  4. Kevin G Says:

    B+ A-, somewhere in that range. britt was a good need pick, we found great value in the middle rounds in cook, mcgrath, ringer and kopung. overall I am very happy with this draft, and it gives us 1-2 starters and great depth going into this season.

  5. Morgan Says:

    Ill have to give the titans grade a C+. With the first two picks we got Britt and Marks. I dont mind those picks but there was far superior tallent on the board. The fact that they drafted a cornerback in the 3rd round that has the same tallent as the one they drafted in the 6th, well thats a head scratcher. Passing on DJ Moore was crushing, then seeing him go to the Bears finished me off. Yesterday i was not happy at all, today I’m happy we got Britt and Cook so ill forget about the rest of the draft.

  6. Bob Loblaw Says:

    I’m not going to try and grade the draft, but why is everyone so down on trading a 2 for a 3 to get Cook? From the way they were talking about him, they had him graded as at least a 2nd rounder, maybe a 1st rounder. Rather than trying to draft a guy next year and ask him to contribute immediately, Cook will have a year of experience.
    Also, if somebody comes along and offers the Titans a reasonable offer for Scaife before the season (maybe a 2 next year) they can pull the trigger if Cook looks like he’ll contribute this year. For as much as Titans fans tend to criticize the organization for being too conservative, it seems that the fans are even more leery of taking chances. Loosen up guys & see what happens.

  7. Drexel Perry Says:

    Thanks for commenting guys, I appreciate you taking the time to chime in with your post-draft thoughts.
    Gonna be interesting to see how this year’s crop of rookies measure up.

  8. JCBRAVE Says:

    I’d hate to low ball them with a grade of a ‘C’. After last years draft it seemed as if everyone was upset with them picking Chris Johnson. Not til week one did many people realize what Chris Johnson was all about. I’m hoping the same will be for Kenny Britt. Honestly I was a little surprised we grabbed this guy at 30. I had figured we were going in the direction of defense with the first pick. I knew the offense needed something extra, but with the big time names gone I was thinking go corner-back. Well once again the Titans left myself and other fans a tad bit confused, but they seem to always do well drafting so lets wait and see.

  9. Johnathan Says:

    If you were confused by this pick, then you haven’t really been following. The Titans have been saying for a while that they liked Britt and he was definitely an option…

  10. Scott Says:

    A couple of things surprised me about the Titans’ selections. The first was trading next year’s 2nd for New England’s third this year. The Titans only moved up a few slots and Cook probably would have been there at pick 94 anyway, so the Titans could have taken him there is any event. I hope he is a good as Fisher thinks and I given him the benefit of the doubt on this.
    The second thing is that the Titans actually selected 11 players in the draft. Tom wrote an article on this just before the draft. There isn’t room for anywhere near 11 new players to make this team. I would have preferred for the Titans to have traded up a few times to get the player they actually wanted, rather then waiting to see who was still available when it came time for them to pick. I guess it is possible, as Fisher has suggested, that they didn’t need to trade up to get the players they wanted because they were still on the board when they picked. But I am not sure I buy that. I just don’t get why the Titans wanted so many late round picks, when some will have to be cut and a few will only see the practice squad.

  11. Dave Says:

    Room for eleven guys after cutting
    Paul Williams
    Cary Williams
    Chris Davis
    Chris Henry
    Omar Ganther
    Casey Cramer
    Alge Crumpler
    Ryan Fowler???
    Mike Otto
    Ulrich Winkler
    Josh Stamer/Collin Allred
    Of course those are just guesses, but they are all real and possible early cuts. Maybe a Scaife trade is in the works? Does Donnie Nickey stick around (again)? There all lots of possibilities so I will go ahead and stop speculating.

  12. Bob Loblaw Says:

    Scott, Fisher said that Mouton was their intended target at the end of the 3rd, and that they went after Cook only because they thought they couldn’t get anything better in next year’s 2nd round. There wasn’t another deal they could have made using just this year’s draft picks: 4+6+7 wasn’t going to get that 3. I too am surprised they drafted 11 guys, but at least that potentially gives them better depth at a number of positions.

  13. Scott Says:

    Dave, are you suggesting that the Titans are going to replace the 11 players you listed above with the 11 rookies they drafted on the weekend? If that were to happen, we all better get ready for a long and painful season.

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