The national media's draft grades for the Titans are extremely mediocre, but that's because they're ill-informed and often missing the point. These are guys who think we'll suffer by not having the chance to draft Jason Pierre-Paul. They also degrade is for not having a second pick.
After a draft full of high character players who look primed to be good leaders for years to come, they now have essentially their first project in LeGarrette Blount. There are a lot of indications that Blount is a changed man after the infamous punch, and I'll bet you he'll play with a chip on his shoulder in the hopes of giving people something positive to remember him by.
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Perhaps the polar opposite of Blount, at least in size, stlye and public infamy, USC running back Stafon Johnson should be seen as a more legitimate threat to make this roster, or at least the practice squad, than many in the national media are willing to admit. Johnson was very productive in a pro-style offense where he was in a rotation full of fiver-star recruits. He's not some kid from the Make-A-Wish Foundation just getting a token shot, he's a legitimate player who's looking to take full advantage of his new lease on life.
Todd McShay and his cohorts at Scouts Inc. have developed a new formula to grade drafts based on a larger criteria that emphasizes value over perception. They ranked us the 26th best draft, which means their formula is screwed-up... of course the Colts and Jags were the worst two drafts os maybe it's not all bad. Here's the recap of ours:
Two of the best values in the first three rounds landed in Tennessee in DE Derrick Morgan (No. 16) and WR Damian Williams (No. 77). However, it was a poor decision to swap fourth- and sixth-rounders with Seattle, and also give up contributing backups LenDale White and Kevin Vickerson, to move up and select CB Alterraun Verner (No. 104).
Jim Wyatt, David Climer and Joe Biddle review the Titans' draft... have fun with that one.
Kevin Vickerson is gone, and the only new DT we have is a 7th round pick, so why not bring in a living legend who, while still on the decline, has more left in the tank than most guys have in potential: John Henderson. If his body is ok enough for the doctors, it'd be great to have a hometown guy come back and boost the depth of our DT rotation.
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