This is going to be on of the most interesting training camps in recent memory for the Tennessee Titans as the team prepares for the 2016 season.
Last season was memorable because of the addition of their first round draft pick, Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Marcus Mariota, who generated an incredible buzz following his selection and all through training camp.
This season will likely be even more interesting, but for far different reasons.
Yes the Titans have once again selected the reigning Heisman Trophy winner in Alabama running back Derrick Henry, and while people are excited about the prospects of Henry as a Titan, he is not a franchise quarterback, and even with the excitement, it is still not equal to last season with Mariota.
What will make this training camp more exciting? A few things actually.
New general manager Jon Robinson has created a buzz all his own in just three months as the man in charge of the Titans roster. He has orchestrated free agents signings, multiple trades before and during the draft and added some intriguing undrafted rookies to the roster that will compete for a roster spot in training camp.
He has also placed almost every single player on the Titans roster on notice that nothing is a given going into this season and it's produce, or be gone.
To that end, the Titans collected and selected 10 players in last week's NFL Draft, and then signed 16 undrafted free-agents immediately following the conclusion of the draft.
Of those 16 undrafted additions, there are some that come from big time programs and bring a certain amount of interest and potential to actually push for a spot on the team's regular season roster or practice squad,
Here are our rankings of the top 5 undrafted players who could make the roster and some players who could find a place on the practice squad.
PRACTICE SQUAD POTENTIAL
5) Southern Oregon kicker Aldrick Rosas converted a school record 97.7% of his point-after-touchdowns (PATs). He has an incredibly strong leg that allowed him to place 62 percent of his kickoffs out of the end zone. He will compete with Ryan Succop in training camp.
4) Colorado State center/guard Sam Carlson (6'4" 295) is a durable player, having stated 26 consecutive games over the last two seasons for the Rams. He managed 18 reps of 225 on his bench press, a number that is slightly low for a player of his size.
3) Richmond offensive lineman Nick Ritcher (6'6" 304) is the son of former Buffalo Bills offensive lineman. The elder Richer was a starter on the Bills four consecutive Super Bowl teams. The younger Ritcher earned multiple post season honors including American Football Coaches Association All-American, an AP FCS First-Team All-American, and a STATS Third-Team All American. The Spiders ran for 2,673 total yards behind Ritcher and the offensive line mates in 2015. While Ritcher was a tackle at Richmond, he is thought to be a candidate for a look at guard as well as tackle.
2) Baylor defensive end/outside linebacker Jamal Palmer (6'3" 250) is a Two-time All-Big 12 defensive end who helped lead Baylor to the most successful four-year span in school history. As a senior Palmer started 13 games and amassed 54 tackles (41 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss (-44 yards), team-high 5.5 sacks (-31 yards),a team-high 16 hurries and team-high four forced fumbles for the season. He is most likely slated for a look at outside linebacker.
1) TCU defensive end Terrell Lathan (6'5" 292 is an athletic player who owned a draftable grade, yet was not selected. Lathan is a pass rusher who pushed the pocket with his strength and long frame. He projects as more of a 3-4 defensive end and will get a look there and possibly as on outside linebacker with his 4.8 forty time at his weight.
TOP 5 WHO COULD MAKE THE ROSTER
5) TCU defensive end Terrell Lathan (6'5" 292 is an athletic player who owned a draftable grade, yet was not selected. Lathan is a pass rusher who pushed the pocket with his strength and long frame. He projects as more of a 3-4 defensive end and will get a look there and possibly as on outside linebacker with his 4.8 forty time at his weight.
4) USC nose tacke Antwaun Woods (6'0" 318) is an undersized nose because of his height. He was a three-year starter for the Trojans is a stout, compact defensive tackle with great size for the NFL. He finished the 2015 season with 41 tackles and was second on the team with 7.0 tackles for loss and three sacks. He appeared in 13 games, and earned 2015 All-PAC 12 first team honors.
3) Florida State defenisve back Lamarcus Brutus (6'0" 207) is a tough, physical corner who was likely overshadowed by his Seminoles teammate Jalen Ramsey. Brutus couldn't get on the field regularly in his first three years on the team due to depth at the position. However, when he became a starter, he produced by accumulating 68 tackles, a team-leading three interceptions and one pass breakup in 2015. Speed is his biggest negative (4.76 forty) and has man coverage limitations due to lack of speed along with being considered an average athlete. He could be looked at as a safety for the Titans during training camp, and he has special teams experience for the Noles.
2) Kansas State cornerback/kick returner Morgan Burns is a former high school sprint champion, Burns has good size (5'11" 201) with blazing speed (4.38 forty) who owns the Kansas State school record with four kickoff returns for touchdown in his career. He was named the 2015 Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year.
1) Wisconsin left tackle Tyler Marz is perhaps the most intriguing prospect among the undrafted additions. At 6'7" 325 with a nasty attitude, and from a program that prides itself on running the football. He started 40 consecutive games for the Badgers. One scout described Marz as "having good arm length. Gets good movement in the run game. Good hand placement; once he's engaged, it's over. Climbs to the next level well." Marz could well be a player who makes the roster because of his size and nasty attitude. This will be an interesting one to follow during this training camp. It's possible that Marz will need to move to right tackle or inside at the next level, unless he can improve his agility and recovery ability against better defensive ends at the NFL level.