Monday, May 1, 2006

Draft day redux

Posted By on Mon, May 1, 2006 at 4:48 PM

Titans' draft day grade: B+ Nearly everyone expressed shock at the Texans' choice of Mario Williams over Reggie Bush, everyone but the Saints' front office. I'm of the opinion that they knew all along how things were going to play out in the draft. They traded for a solid, proven QB and would have an opportunity to get one of the best RB's to come out of college in years. The Texans had to shore up a porous defense, and they needed someone who could put pressure on Peyton Manning.

The Titans had one of the best drafts this year. I know a lot of people think Leinart is "ready to play" and all that rot. Some wanted Cutler (why, I do not know). However, Leinart only has so much potential. He'll be a very good NFL QB, yet Vince Young could well become a great QB, a tough, team leader with an arm strong enough to throw across the field off his back foot should he have to (considering the Titans weak offensive line, he may well have to do that unless something is done). He'll do fine learning the offenses and learning to read coverage. It isn't as if it is rocket science. If Dan Marino could do it, Young can do it.

LenDale White was a steal as a 2nd round pick. Some prognosticators dogged him in the run up to draft day, questioning his drive and calling him fat (a pulled hamstring kept him immobile for some time). Now this bruising speedster has something to prove. There's nothing that sends shivers up the spine of a defensive back like an angry 240 lb RB barreling towards you at top speed.

The Titans also picked up a Samford player, Cortland Finnegan, who could be a decent return guy. If he can just catch the ball, that's all Titans' fans should ask.

Where the Titans failed is shoring up the offensive line. If I were Vince Young, I'd put an "improve offensive line" clause in my contract.

Randy, Vince Young will demand to be traded before he'll play a wideout. Drew Bennett he is not.


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