Mel Kiper NFL Draft Grades 2014

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Mel Kiper grades each team from the 2014 NFL Draft.

Let start off by saying this: Grading a draft before at least 3 years have passed is pretty dumb.  You can think you know where a guy fits and how he will play at the next level, but you really have no idea until he gets on the field.  With that being said, it is still interesting to look at what different people think about the Titans' draft.

I have to be honest, I think Kiper's assessment (In$ider) of what Ruston Webster and company did in this draft is pretty spot on.  He gave the Titans a C+, and here is what he had to say:

Tackle wasn't the top need for Tennessee, but Taylor Lewan was my No. 5 prospect in the entire draft, and not only offers an immediate upgrade at right tackle, but could ultimately take over the left side from Michael Roos, who becomes an unrestricted free agent after the 2014 season. Can't knock the pick, especially when you consider Lewan is a really good run-blocker and moving the ball on the ground consistently could really help Jake Locker. I like the pick of Bishop Sankey, and he gives the Titans a versatile, durable back who compares to Giovani Bernard, though I would have preferred Carlos Hyde in that spot. But again, fit matters and they like Sankey. Daquan Jones is a wide body who can be useful for a team that wants to be able to show some different fronts but still covets a block-eater. Calling Marqueston Huff versatile is probably more fair than calling him a tweener -- he could play either safety or corner but is probably better at CB. The value on Zach Mettenberger is really good in terms of talent, but he comes in with character baggage, and it's reflected in his draft position. There are teams who wouldn't draft him, period. But Ken Whisenhunt could have a steal there if his staff can get the best out of Mettenberger. Does this draft change the Titans much in 2014? A little. Perhaps Mettenberger makes it a great one.

Sankey is probably the only player in this class that makes the Titans better in 2014, but if they were able to find a franchise left tackle for the next 10 years, that is a success.

And as Kiper said, if Mettenberger does pan out, and that is a big if, this draft is an A+.

Your thoughts on Kiper's assessment?

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