Reviewing the Draft: Tennesee Titans

The Tennessee Titans found themselves with three picks in the top two rounds and a bevy of needs across their salary cap strapped roster. Free agent defections and roster purges have left the Titans with a solid group of ageing starters but in serious of younger bodies.

The trade of receiver Justin McCariens to the Jets weeks before the draft was done due to a combination of salary cap constraints and a need for more selections but with the depth Tennessee has at the wide out position he won't be missed. Tennessee then made another move trading out of the first round which then gave them a total of five total picks in the first day. Tight end Ben Troupe was the teams initial selection and the former Gator brings athleticism and big play ability which should compliment Erron Kinney nicely. Defensive end was a position prioritized by Tennessee coming into the draft after losing Jevon Kearse in free agency so Travis LaBoy and Antwan Odom were the teams next two choices . LaBoy brings speed to the pass rush while Odom has a chance to develop into a solid base end with pass rush potential and run stopping ability, though he does need to apply himself more consistently. The third round brought great value as Randy Starks, once projected as a top 15 pick, fell to the 71st slot. Starks should immediately contribute as the teams third defensive tackle in a rotation and could earn a starting job at some point in time this season. The Titans closed out the first day with the selection of Rich Gardner. Gardner, a cornerback from Penn State, was widely considered a good but not great cornerback and should make an impact on special teams and in nickel packages as a rookie with the Titans secondary already banged up. Bo Schobel has the potential to develop as a pass rushing specialist while some think he has the frame to develop on the inside. Michael Waddell is a cornerback with nice size and speed numbers though he does not always play to them. He is not the physical presence at cornerback that Jeff Fisher usually favors but has outstanding special teams skills. Jacob Bell was impressive at the Senior Bowl and will likely be groomed to take over a tackle spot in the future though he'll also offer depth at guard. Troy Fleming could start at fullback for the team immediately yet also become a big ball carrier in the Eddie George mold for the future. Linebacker Robert Reynolds and defensive tackle Jarred Clauss add depth to the defensive front seven. Center Eugene Ammano is a a likely candidate for the Titans practice squad, while Sean McHugh could be the teams third tight end or fill a spot at fullback. Tennessee finds itself being the second best team in it's own division now and must make up the ground between themselves and the Colts in order to return to the Super Bowl. With Steve McNair not getting any younger the Titans need this last draft to pay immediate dividends. They spent five selections on the defensive line and two along the offensive line. Additionally the Titans added a playmaker at tight end, depth for the secondary, and a few young running backs. This draft, for an ageing team, looks good on paper and should help Tennessee improve it's on-the-field productivity.

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