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The results are in. It's been roughly 48 hours since Mr. Irrelevant, a.k.a. South Carolina kicker Ryan Succop, was selected in the 2009 NFL Draft. Which means it's time to come to some extremely hasty conclusions.
Grading how a team performed months before a meaningful snap is an exercise in futility*. But it's also fun. So everyone does it. And those "everyones" have declared that, were this year's Tennessee Titans to apply to college they would, depending upon test scores and extracurriculars, be a near-mortal lock for a solid state school. Maybe even a scholarship, so long as they're 1/64th Cherokee.
Here's the rundown:
gives B's across the board
- Music City Miracles
say the same
- ESPN's AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky calls Kenny Britt, the Rutgers wide receiver and Titans first-round pick pictured at right, the best in-conference selection
- Regarding Auburn defensive tackle and second-round pick Sen'Derrick Marks, Coach Jeff Fisher gave the Confucius-like pronouncement: "His future is well ahead of him
- As Titans' Twitter feed
points out: The Titans now have a Jevon (Kearse), a Jovan (Haye) and a Javon (Ringer).
- The Bears Vandy-bogarting
continues, as Commodore corner D.J. Moore, coming off a disappointing combine, drops to them in the 4th round. Conspiracy theory: Bears Coach Lovie Smith once lost an Empty Bottle trivia contest because of some obscure question related to country music or Nashville. Draft philosophy ever since has been a well-secreted exercise in making sure that never happens again.
*For perspective, look no further than the 2006 draft. The Titans got praised
for the class headlined by Vince Young and LenDale White. And yeah, we know White has been somewhat productive, in that he routinely leads the league in three-yard runs and most Chris Johnson fantasy owners annoyed. And you can still make an argument Young's current status as a bust and not long for Tennessee. But it'd hard to say now, three years later, that those two picks lived up to expectations.