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Lack of success in first round? Not so fast

Ruston Webster flak may not be warranted, at least not lately.

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Everyone has been on Ruston Webster's case lately about missing on first round talents, but maybe this isn't the year to jump on him about that.

Despite having a seemingly solid LT, the Titans drafted Taylor Lewan in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. However, fast forward to the sixth game of the season where Roos was out for the season with an injury. Lewan has be praised by everyone that has seen him, and it looks like he will be a stalwart of this offensive line for the foreseeable future.

This ability to add talent that the Titans needed, in a class filled with some clear misses early, is a feather in the cap of Ruston Webster. Here is a look around the division at other first round picks in the division.

Houston Texans- Jadeveon Clowney

Clowney hasn't had a chance to prove himself, but that is part of the problem. After missing today with an illness and taking longer to recover than he was reportedly supposed to, there are some serious questions about his work ethic within his own team. Clowney had huge work ethic question coming out from everyone, including his head coach, so early reports on Clowney aren't positive to say the least.

On the other hand, they had a shot at Khalil Mack, who is looking like an outstanding player. Many people were high on Mack late and thought he was a better fit for the Texans defense, and was someone who could be used on the same side as Watt.

Indianapolis Colts- Trent Richardson

Richardson has been a bad running back, and there really isn't anyone to debate this. If they had drafted him this year, and used his first eight games as a measuring stick, he would be remarkably underwhelming. Everyone has to be thinking that the Colts and their front office made a huge mistake.

Jacksonville Jaguars- Blake Bortles

Forget the fanfare, Blake Bortles has been BAD this year. PFF ranks him as their second worst quarterback, only ahead of Geno Smith, and for good reason. Bortles has had 15 turnovers and only six touchdowns. That is nearly a 3:1 turnover to touchdown ratio, which is you know, terrible.

Even though Webster has either been the GM or a higher up in the front office for some questionable picks, he has done very good this year in the draft. Also, don't forget that he did lock down Jurrell Casey for a relatively cheap contract and he did jettison Akeem Ayers (who was obviously in the doghouse for something) and Lavar Edwards for picks.