Mel Kiper Regrades the Titans 2011 Draft

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 20: Jake Locker #10 of the Tennessee Titans rolls out against the Atlanta Falcons during play at the Georgia Dome on November 20, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Falcons won 23-17. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Mel Kiper has regraded every team's draft from 2011 (In$ider). You might remember that he initially gave the Titans a C, and mainly just because he does not like Jake Locker at 8.

Aside 1: I still don't understand how he is not OK at 8 but OK in the 20s, but that is neither here nor there.

Aside 2: This is the same guy who thought Jimmy Clausen was the best quarterback in the 2010 draft.

Anyway, he has regraded the draft and now gives the Titans a B:

The pick of Jake Locker was one I described then as the first true shock of the draft, even more so than the deal that got Atlanta in position to take Julio Jones. Remember, Locker has an immense skill set but still faces big questions about how accurate he'll be, and I thought he easily could have fallen into the 20s. On that front, although I couldn't fault the Titans for targeting a need, the value proposition wasn't in their favor. However, their plan for Locker has been superb; adding Matt Hasselbeck as a starter and mentor was a great idea. Elsewhere, the Titans got some really good early returns and value. Jurrell Casey and Karl Klug, picked in the third and fifth rounds, respectively, have been very good (Klug really got after quarterbacks), as has Akeem Ayers, which wasn't much of a surprise. It's hard to raise the grade too much until we know whether Locker is indeed the future, but, a year out, it looks as if the Titans planned and scouted well overall.

It is a crime against humanity that he does not even mention Colin McCarthy.

(h/t to oshoney for posting this in the FanPosts as well)

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