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2010 NFL Draft The Tennessee Titans Select FSU Safety Myron Rolle

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If you don't know who Myron Rolle is, then you're in for a huge surprise.  Rolle was one the most sought-after prospects in the country coming out of high school, and was the subject of stories in Sports Illustrated, among other major publications.  Rolle was a bit of a dissapointment on the feild considering the huge expectations, but he may be best known for taking 2009 off from football to major in Medical Anthropology at Oxford as a Rhode Scholar.

The only reason he fell this far is that teams fear he isn't committed enough to football. However, that's stupid. There's the asinine illusion that football is the only thing real football players focus on and should care about.  I'm going to second the sentiments of Herman Edwards and (gulp) Trent Dilfer earlier today when they said that everyone in an NFL locker room has distraction outside of football.  Why should Myron be punished because his pursuits are loftier than video games, seeing who can put the most dollar bills in a trash bag at the strip club or getting DUIs? Rolle has shown an almost inhuman level of focus and dedication, and I see it as unfair to believe that he won't put in the work needed to be the best football player he can be.

I mean if nothing else, he's the exact kind of guy you want your rookies to look to for advice... and we got him with the last pick in the 6th round.  You watch: Rolle may be our most discussed pick by the national media.

Plus, he's got the endorsement of a personal hero (not that I agree with every thing he says), Cornell West.

Here are some notes on what he brings between the sidelines via ESPN:

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• Prototypical height and bulk and good top-end speed.

• Reads the quarterback's eyes and depth of their drops when in zone coverage.

• Generally locates the ball quickly and is more than willing to step up in run support.

• Wraps up above the waist far too often and doesn't drive though tackles, but he is an effective open-field tackler who generally gets the ball carrier to the ground.

• Wraps up above the waist far too often and doesn't drive though tackles, but he is an effective open-field tackler who generally gets the ball carrier to the ground. 

• Uses positioning to mask stiff hips but inconsistent footwork and sub-par hip fluidity are going to be more of an issue at the NFL level.

• Closing burst is above-average but not elite.

• Times blitzes fairly well and flashes the ability to force the quarterback to hurry his decision-making process.

• Shows good body control in the air and fights for jump balls. Can get a hand on the ball without going through the receiver. However, he rarely comes down with the ball and drops far too many passes that should catch (see: second quarter of 2008 Miami game).

I can't stress enough how ecstatic I am with this pick. At first blush, this has been our best draft in a long, long time.