One of the most ridiculous practices out there is grading drafts the day after they happen. We have no idea how any of these guys are going to do because they have never taken a snap in an NFL game. Even with that being said, we always look at them and think the people that agree with our opinion are smart and the ones that don’t are idiots...just like everything else in life.
I will say again that my only beef with the Isaiah Wilson pick for the Titans is that corner was a bigger need and there were corners there that seem like guys that could come in and play right away. I am willing to be patient on really passing judgement there before we see what the next few rounds look like. If they come out of tonight without taking a corner, then we will have an issue.
I have started compiling some grades from around the internet. It is not surprising to see a lot of middle of the road grades for a right tackle in the first round, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good pick.
Sometimes picks that are even in the back of the first round are obvious. That was the case with Wilson and the Titans. You could see this one coming from a mile away if you thought about it a little bit. Wilson, one of the youngest players in the draft, excels as a run blocker on the right side. That’s exactly what Tennessee, a run-first team, needs to replace Jack Conklin. You can quibble about the value of taking Wilson here — the knock is his uneven pass blocking — but you can’t argue about his system fit.
Day 1 grade and analysis: B-
I did not have Wilson as a value in the first round. His size (6-foot-6, 350 pounds) will make him difficult to beat, but he must improve against speed and learn to recover after initial moves much more quickly. I had Joshua Jones and others rated ahead of Wilson — as did other teams in the league. The team could have used a cornerback here, as their depth at the position is poor. But perhaps Logan Ryan plans to re-sign after testing free agency.
Grade: B+. I think this is a good pick. This is a massive right tackle on a team that needs a massive right tackle. This kid is a mauler in the run game and he’s perfect for what the Titans want to do.
Listen to MCM Radio breaking down the pick: