Tennessee Titans Daily Links: Bang, Zoom, A Facepalm Straight To The Moon Edition

Tennessee_titans_30x21 PK's Mailbag features a slew of positive comments about our boy Andy Dalton. King notes numerous comparisons to Drew Brees since both guys are a little under-sized, started and won a boat load of games on established college teams, have been successful relying on smarts and savvy over arm strength and look like a lock for the early second round headed into the draft. At this point I'd love to see us trade up from our second round pick (39th) into the Patriots' second pick in the first round (28th), and perhaps the compensatory 4th rounder we got frees up another pick to be traded in the deal.
Tennessee_titans_30x21 Facepalm. Or, 'MCM writer sees paradoxical stupidity in Warren Moon's allegations of a racial bias against Cam Newton.' Especially in this draft, how in the hell are you going to say one QB has been singled out more than others for criticism? Every QB in this draft has been HAMMERED by scouts for various reasons, not a one of which have anything to do with race. Hell, last year Tim Tebow had more of a case for being unfairly/overly-scrutinized during the draft process than Cam Newton does this year. I respect Moon if he really feels that way, but it really sounds more like sour grapes than anything else. That being said, Cam didn't say these things and he shouldn't be criticized for Moon's opinions.
Tennessee_titans_30x21 Gramsey's favorite coach talked with PFW  about what Kenny Britt needs to do to reach the next level in his career. Luckily Britt is already one step closer since he's got a WR coach not named Fred Graves.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Vince Verhei of Football Outsiders has a piece on ESPN In$ider that features an updated system for predicting NFL success for college WRs called Playmaker 2.0. Simplified for the masses, the system relies heavily on 6 factors (receiving yards per game, receiving touchdowns, average yards per catch, the team's yards per pass, the team's passes per game and the conference the receiver played in), and there are a few surprises as a result: A.J. Green gets the top grade, but it would only be good enough for the second or third spot in an average WR class. The shocker is Julio Jones, graded out as the 13th best WR in this class. His abnormally low TD totals, which are a solid indicator of NFL potential according to their research, are what really sunk his score. Of course they do note in the end that the system said guys like James Hardy and Darius Watts should have been Pro Bowlers, while DeSean Jackson and Brandon Marshall had weak grades, so keep in mind Verhei's closing comment:
Jones' low Playmaker score doesn't prove that he can't be an NFL success, but it does mean teams should watch tape very carefully to find out why it was so low before they select him high in the draft.
Tennessee_titans_30x21 Jake Locker got good reviews for his pro day workout yesterday, but I'm still not buying.
Tennessee_titans_30x21 Key Titans brass are staying after to put Locker through a private workout at U-Dub. This workout is in addition to Locker's scheduled visit to Nashville in April. My understanding is that those facility visits can't include a workout, so I wouldn't take this as meaning they're more interested in Locker than any of the other top QBs.
Tennessee_titans_30x21 Matt Bowen writes about how to scout a safety.
Tennessee_titans_30x21 PFF examines the hidden value of one of my favorite unheralded-Madden players for the past decade: Jim Kleinsasser. The FB/TE is a mauler of a run blocker.
Tennessee_titans_30x21 PFW scribe Nolan Nawrocki made waves with his oddly-personal hammering of Cam Newton a few days ago, and now KSK has an exclusive look at some more probing scouting reports from Nawrocki, including this brilliant passage from A.J. Green's list of weaknesses:
Once told friends his father was a king and that his family lived in a castle. Told this lie at age 8, which suggests a long history of not being truthful. Has Rebecca Black listed in the ARTISTS section of his iPod, which suggests he either likes Rebecca Black, or is so submissive to his girlfriend that he ceded control of the iPod’s library to her. The fact that he didn’t delete it off his iPod prior to our routine scouting seizure suggests frequent mental lapses.
Tennessee_titans_30x21 Scout.com writer John Crist takes a look at the QB and DL prospects who are rising and falling.
Tennessee_titans_30x21 Finally, there's a lockout solution we can all get behind: scab owners!



Email me at mcmaugustwest@gmail.com and be sure to follow me on Twitter @AugustWest_MCM

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