Obligatory draft grades are stupid the night they happen statement. OK, now that we got that out of the way, we will talk about how the Titans did on night 2 of the NFL Draft. As you might imagine, people are a little bit confused by the Derrick Henry pick. I was at first as well, but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. DeMarco Murray has had injury issues and has a lot of miles on him. Henry can help out this year and be ready to be the feature back when this team is ready to really compete.
Anyway, here are some links to some grades:
Pete Prisco is grading the picks as they go. He gave the Titans a C+ for Kevin Dodd, a B- for Ausitn Johnson, a D for Derrick Henry and a B+ for Kevin Byard.
Dan Kadar of SB Nation gave the Titans a B for their work tonight. Here are his comments:
In the second round, the Titans had a bunch of options along the defensive line and opted for arguably the best pass rusher available in Clemson end Kevin Dodd. He really only had one good season at Clemson, and closed strong in the team's biggest games. He can play the run and the pass equally well. The Titans followed that pick up at No. 43 to grab Penn State defensive tackle Austin Johnson. It was a surprise to see him get drafted before Alabama defensive tackle Jarran Reed. Johnson is a high-motor player who can plug the middle. I just had a higher grade on Reed and A'Shawn Robinson. Shortly after getting Johnson at 43, the Titans turned to the offense to grab Alabama running back Derrick Henry. He fits exactly what they want to do on offense. Even with DeMarco Murray in Tennessee, Henry is going to get a lot of carries. It just makes the deal for Murray a head scratcher.
Tennessee was back up at No. 64, the first pick of the third round. There they selected safety Kevin Byard. That was a little puzzling because Darian Thompson of Boise State was available, but he fills a need.
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