*************2016 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 

1.8: Jack Conklin, OT/G, Michigan State

For everyone tracking it the Titans traded this pick from the Browns who got the pick from the Eagles who traded the pick from the Dolphins. That's right... 1 in 8 teams had this pick this year at one point!

As for the pick, I just don't get it. Tunsil was still available here (granted there were issues), and the Titans gave up too much to help upgrade their RT problem.


2.33 Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

Dodd is a good talent that went probably where he should have. He was really only a one year wonder, but he made the most of it.


2.43 Austin Johnson, DT, UCLA

Johnson went about where he should have gone, but was not the best at his position to take.


2.45 Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

I will keep my opinions on Henry to a minimum (I see his career as T-Rich mixed with Mike Tolbert), but why? The team just traded for theoretically a top-10 running back in DeMarco, so why take Henry? There are plenty of powerful runners in this draft later.


3.64 Kevin Byard, S, Middle Tenn

Gross. Byard was the 12-15th best safety in the draft, and he was taken 64th. I like the pick... In the 5th round.



Do I like any of their picks in particular? No. Did they get that much better as a team? No. But they traded back from a spot they didn't need to be in to get a ton of ok talent. They also set up next year's draft perfectly by getting an extra 1st  and 3rd.

*************2015 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.2 Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

I have said it before and will always say it- but I would draft a quarterback (or two) a year until I found one. It is a league that depends so much on the position that you have to get one. The Texans constantly lose 2-5 games (even more) because they don't have one. The Bills won 2-5 more games last year with Kyle Orton running the show. Yeah... Kyle Orton! The team could not have thought that Mettenberger was the guy, and even if they did then he will beat at Mariota. 

It is interesting that the Titans reportedly "always knew they would take Mariota" because they shopped him to until the last minute with six different teams. With that attitude you wonder why they didn't take one of their ransoms. With that said a great pick.


2.40 Dorial Green-Beckham, WR

The Titans got two picks to fall back and gobble up this high potential receiver. I'm not sold that he is the gamechanger that should be paired, but it's hard to hate it here at 40.


3.66 Jeremiah Poutasi, OG, Utah

Overall solid pick. I think he could have gone a little later, but take him and be happy.


4.100 Angelo Blackson, DT, Auburn

4.108 Jalston Fowler, FB, Alabama

5.138 David Cobb, RB, Minnesota

6.177 Deiontrez Mount, LB, Louisville

6.208 Andy Gallik, OC, BC

7.245 Tre McBride, WR, William & Mary

How the hell was he still here? He is arguably a cleaner prospect than DGB.


The team gets a major upgrade at QB, a possible steal at WR, and a solid guard. Pepper in some depth and you have an ok draft. Not sexy, but they walk away better.

*************2014 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.11 Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

I really like this pick. If you pair Lewan with Chance Warmack you have a lethal left side. Mix that with a QB guru, and a few years and the Titans could be very nasty. Lewan was arguably the BPA also.


2.54 Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

Another solid pick. I didn't love any runner in this draft, but Sankey was a solid pick, especially in the middle of the 2nd.


4.112 DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State

Great value here.

4.122 Marqueston Huff, S, Wyoming

Another good value.

5.151 Avery Williamson, LB, Kentucky

6.178 Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU


I really like this draft. The team go two impact starters in their first two picks on offense, three great depth guys on defense and a potential starting QB for the future. There wasn't a bad pick in the draft, they got good value with their picks, and they legitimately got better.

**********2013 NFL DRAFT GRADE*************

1.10 Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

Warmack was the number one talent in the draft, and he will instantly improve the entire line for the team. But picking one in the top-10 is a luxury, even with the evolution of the game valuing defensive tackles. 


2.34 Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

Justin Hunter was the best value receiver in the draft, and I think teams will regret passing on him. He did have some drops due to a fear of getting hit, but he is an AJ Green clone (body not skillset) with too much potential. It did cost them a 3rd rounder next year, but they got a potential stud receiver to plug in for Jake Locker. 


3.70 Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, UConn

How the hell was he the 2nd corner taken from UConn? Wreh-Wilson was maybe the 5th best corner in this draft, and should not have fallen this far. He is a steal and a half here.


3.97 Zavier Gooden, OLB,  Mizzou

It fills a need, and it is ok value (although I don't really value him this high personally)

4.107 Brian Schwenke, OC, California

Good solid pick here. This team is scary on the interior now.

5.142 Lavar Edwards, DE, LSU 

6.202 Khalid Wooten, CB, Nevada

7.248 Daimion Stafford, S, Nebraska


This is an up and down draft that has a lot of potential. The team completely has reshaped its offensive line to not only open up the gaps for CJ2K, but it will also give Jake Locker extra time in the pocket. I also was really impressed with the Justin Hunter pick and also the Blidi Wreh-Wilson pick as well. 2-4 starters with one impact player.


*************2012 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 

1.20 Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

The Titans needed some depth at receiver, but very few had one mocked there. I would have much rather had the team take one of the stud offensive linemen that were left on the board, but I do like the pick overall.

2.52 Zach Brown, OLB, UNC

I have some mixed feelings on this pick, but overall it's not a bad one at all. The Titans needed some linebacker depth, and they ended up with a pretty good outside guy. He wasn't a top notch pick from value, but not bad at all.


3.82 Mike Martin, DT, Michigan

Martin is a guy that could really do some damage for a decent defense like the Titans. He has a knack for getting through linemen, and he made a lot of Big Ten offensive lines look bad. 


4.115 Coty Sensabaugh, CB, Clemson

Besides the fact that this was early for him, he is all potential when the team needs someone that can contribute right away.


5.110 Taylor Thompson, TE, SMU

I'm ok with this pick. The team needed some help at tight end, and Thompson is an ok enough value here.


6.190 Markelle Martin, S, OK State

I expected Martin to fall a little bit in the draft, but he is a steal here. He should be able to get some time in and contribute.


7.211 Scott Soloman, DE, Rice

Overall Grade: B

I liked how the Titans started the draft, and they may end up with three starters from the draft, but I feel like the team missed out on getting some much needed offensive line help for both CJ2K and for Jake Locker.

*************2011 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 


1.8 Jake Locker, QB, Washington

I always find it hard to hate a team that drafts the most important position on a team, but I have to here. I actually mocked Gabbert going after Locker in my final mock, so I don't hate a team for taking Locker's heart over his talent, but I never thought the Titans would draft Locker. Locker is Vince Young with more heart, but that will lose more games. He is a major project, and I'm not sold that the team will use him as one. For a team that is essentially a QB ready to win now, I don't know why they got a 1-2 year project with this pick.


2.39 Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA

Ayers has gotten burned from this pick because he is a much better fit for a 3-4, but he does have upside in the 4-3. In the 4-3 though he really doesn't have a great value even with this pick.


3.77 Jurrell Casey, DT, USC

Casey is a guy that could have gone a tad earlier, and he does fill a need. 


4.109 Colin McCarthy, MLB, Miami

Some think that this pick is a great value and a steal, but because of injury I had actually heard that McCarthy had been taken off a number of boards. Either way he could be a huge steal.


4.130 Jamie Harper, RB, Clemson

Awful pick. Harper is maybe the most overrated runner I may have ever seen. If you take away two 40+ yard runs, Harper averaged 2.8 YPC this year. He had six games this year where he had fewer than 50 yards rushing, two games with less than 2 YPC in a game, and two games with less than 10 yards. I understand some potential, but he did nothing that deserved being drafted.


5.142 Karl Klug, Front-7, Iowa

I have no idea where Klug where end up in the league. He likely will be put at DE, but he might be able to fill the cracks just about anywhere in the front-7 if his size gets tweaked.


6.175 Byron Stingly, OT, Louisville

I like this pick. Late round depth that can help Locker.


7.212 Zach Clayton, DT, Auburn

More defensive line depth for a team that needs some.


7.251 Tommie Campbell, S, Cal-PA

Talent with character issues. I don't care what issue a guy has with character in the very late 7th round.

Draft Grade: B-

Here is another draft that has some potential despite me not loving the picks. The team addressed a lot of their needs, but the team is one that could contend right now with good QB play. They draft a project QB, so maybe the team is rebuilding. 

I think I gave the Titans a pass in my original grade because I had Locker before Gabbert in my final mock projection. But it just doesn't make the right sense. Locker is a less talented version of Vince Young, and the Titans cannot afford to have a project with Chris Johnson's Titans ready to win now. The team reached a ton, but addressed some needs, but I actually think they have hurt themselves with this draft.