I want to start this off by thanking August, Smash and Gramsey for the great work they did here this weekend covering the draft. I had a lot of stuff going on/home computer issues that kept me away for most of the weekend, and they stepped up and killed it.
Outside of the mind boggling trade that sent LenDale White and Kevin Vickerson to Seattle for a few spots in the draft (I will go into more detail on this in a post later today), I thought the Titans had a great draft.My biggest criticism of the Mike Reinfeldt/Jeff Fisher regime has been the fact that they love to take guys that didn't produce in college because they have "upside." They have also had some type of weird love affair with guys from small schools, not that there is anything wrong with that, but a lot of times it takes those guys a little more time to get ready on the NFL level. This year they went big school, big production with their first four picks of the draft.
Derrick Morgan was the best defensive end in this draft, and the Titans have to be thrilled that he fell to #16. I think it is hilarious that a lot of the grades around the internet are downgrading the Titans because they got Morgan instead of Jason Pierre-Paul. I guarantee you in 4 years when it is not ridiculously early to grade this draft Morgan will be miles ahead of JPP.
I was heartbroken when Javier Arenas went before the Titans got back on the clock, but the more I read about Damian Williams the more I like him. He has all of the physical tools and returned punts in college. Two for the price of one right there. Hopefully Fisher and Mike Heimerdinger will give him a shot at seeing the field early.
Rennie Curran seems to be cut from the same mold as Tulloch. He can play all three linebacker spots and was a tackling machine in college. Suddenly the Titans have some depth at the linebacker position.
The LenDale trade brought the Titans UCLA corner Alterraun Verner (A guy Vols fans are familiar with). He had 13 career interceptions and is really smart.
Intelligence became a theme of this draft with the selections of Myron Rolle and David Howard from Brown. We may not win the Super Bowl, but we can take anyone in the NFL in the Super Quiz Bowl.
The biggest question for me was taking Rusty Smith with some of the "bigger name" guys still on the board.
Overall I am thrilled by this draft class. I give it a B with the understanding that giving it any grade right now is silly. We filled needs with high production guys, and keep an eye on LeGarrette Blount. He would have had a very high draft grade without the punching incident. He will push Javon Ringer for #2.
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