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Tennessee Titans Morning Links: You Have To Love This Titans Draft Edition

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Tennessee_titans_30x21 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.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 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.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Generous commenter oilertitan has the real news you want: the first Madden 11 QB Ratings have been leaked, and Vince Young is back up to a 79. Check it out for more detailed number on Vince and other top NFL QBs.

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Tennessee_titans_30x21 Paul K has a battery of posts on the Titans' draft: here's his quick-hit analysis on the whole division's picks and the growing list of Brandon Fisher's teammates making their way to the Titans (don't forget Tuff Harris last year).

Tennessee_titans_30x21 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.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 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).

Tennessee_titans_30x21 Jim Wyatt, David Climer and Joe Biddle review the Titans' draft... have fun with that one.

Tennessee_titans_30x21 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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