Grading the draft: Tennessee Titans

After many years as playoff contenders, age and fiscal compliance has finally caught up with the Tennessee Titans. An off season that saw a massive roster purge awarded the Titans extra compensatory selections but also an incomplete roster heading into the draft.

There was much speculation as to what general manager Floyd Reese would do with the sixth selection in the days leading up to the draft.  He finally settled on Adam Jones, a game impacting cornerback and return specialist. The former West Virginia standout has the versatility to play in a variety of defensive systems and should produce immediately as a rookie.  Small school lineman Michael Roos was drafted in order to be developed into a future starter at tackle. The team struggled and seriously contemplated selecting Khalif Barnes in round two.  The decision to ultimately select Roos came down to scouts in the organization believing that the Eastern Washington would've been the first offensive lineman selected had he gone to a major college program and received I-A coaching.  Indiana University wide out Courtney Roby brings speed and athleticism to the Titans receiving corps. Hampered throughout college by a poor supporting cast, Roby could be a break out player for the Titans and see plenty of action as a rookie to the unsettled situation at the position.  Oklahoma wide out Brandon Jones is a prototypical possession receiver with solid hands and better-then-average timed speed. Former Virginia Tech Hokie Vincent Fuller is a versatile defensive back that can be used at multiple positions.  Too this point Fuller is more "athlete than football player" yet is a solid developmental prospect. David Stewart, along with Michael Roos, could be a starter in a few seasons. The Mississippi State product could see playing time as a rookie and is a solid bet for the strong-side tackle position. Wide receiver Roydell Williams offered good value for the Titans in the fourth round. The athletic player from Tulane adds to an already talented young crop of receivers on the roster. Snubbed by the combine, Williams was one of the more underrated wide outs available in this draft.  Daniel Loper from Texas Tech will likely spend a year on the teams practice squad but could fill the role of back-up at the next level. Bo Scaife will need to stay healthy to make it in the NFL as the Texas tight end has struggled with knee injuries for the past three seasons. Still, he is yet another pass catching threat that has an opportunity to make the team.  Missouri tailback Damian Nash could stick as a backup if he can stay out of trouble off the field and focus on becoming more consistent on it. Florida defensive back Reynaldo Hill was a surprise pick and will need a solid training camp if he is to make the teams practice squad.

The Titans brought in a boatload of quality undrafted free agents, many with real chances to make the final roster.  Gino Guidugli could find a home as the third signal caller, Walter Reyes has a chance as a third down specialist while Robert Douglas offers possibilities as a triple threat fullback and developmental prospect. Jason Anderson could easily be the teams fifth receiver if he gets back to health while Mike Erickson could be an inexpensive back-up.  Tennessee may have come away with a pair of gems in Brandon Dabdoub and Jamaica Jackson, both who have the abilities to play every Sunday.

Tennessee had the luxury of numerous selections in this draft and made the most of them. Adding multiple players at receiver, on the offensive line, and in the defensive backfield, the Titans wisely chose to begin their rebuilding process with a large group of talented rookies.

RD  Pick Player Pos School
1   6 (6)   Adam Jones *   CB   West Virginia  
2   9 (41)   Michael Roos *   OT   Eastern Washington  
3   4 (68)   Courtney Roby *   WR   Indiana  
3   33 (96)   Brandon Jones *   WR   Oklahoma  
4   7 (108)   Vincent Fuller *   S   Virginia Tech  
4   12 (113)   David Stewart   OT   Mississippi State  
4   35 (136)   Roydell Williams *   WR   Tulane  
5   6 (142)   Damien Nash *   RB   Missouri  
5   14 (150)   Daniel Loper   OT   Texas Tech  
6   5 (179)   Bo Scaife   TE   Texas  
7   4 (218)   Reynaldo Hill   CB   Florida  

UDFA Signings: QB Gino Guidugli, QB Marcus Randle, QB Shane Boyd, QB Jason White, RB Walter Reyes, RB Charles Anthony, RB Terry Jackson, RB/KR Corey Larkins, FB Jimmy Dixon, FB Robert Douglas, WR O.J. Small,  WR Ellis Debrow, WR Jason Anderson, WR Earvin Johnson, WR Alonzo Nix, WR Vincent Cartwright, TE Ben Hall, TE Jimmy St. Louis, OT Stefan Rodgers, OG Mike Erickson, OG Will Rogers, C Joel Rodriquez, DE Alton Wright, DE Todd Bates, DE Kenneth Smith, DE Karlton Neal, DT Marcus White, DT Brandon Dabdoub, LB Robert Rodriquez, LB Brian Atkinson, LB Nigel Eldridge, LB/DE Travis Harris, CB Antoine Harris, CB Sidney Haugabrouck, CB Kevin Timothee, CB Chris Bush, S Jamaica Jackson

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