|According to the “Experts”, Titans Draft Grade "D+"
Apr 28, 2008
It happens every year.
The draft “experts” second guess every NFL general manager and grade
their drafts knowing it’ll be three seasons before the truth will be
Remember the high grades the Titans received in ‘03? Woolfolk was a
steal, Calico a stud and Chris Brown looked like a huge value in the
So take these grades for what they’re worth which ain’t much.
"If they plan on running the wishbone, boost the grade. RB Chris Johnson ran the fastest times in the 40-yard dash at the combine and then ran right into the first round with a team that keeps drafting at this position (LenDale White, Chris Henry) and pays too little attention to its WRs and the holes along the d-line. No team had fewer TD catches last year than the Titans' nine and the Titans did not do enough here to help QB Vince Young."
Michael David Smith
"The Titans love drafting running backs and added another with East Carolina's Chris Johnson, the fastest player in the draft. Johnson isn't a bad player, but he is a bad pick, because the Titans have a much greater need at wide receiver, a need they didn't address until the fourth round, when they chose Cal's Lavelle Hawkins."
"Johnson was the fastest back in the draft, and Jones will add a pass rush. Keglar was a sharp fifth-rounder."
"No excuse for failing to get Vince Young a top-rated receiver. Chris Johnson is a speedy back, but this team had the league's fewest TD catches last year. That may happen again."
Pick to watch: "RB Chris Johnson had the fastest 40 time at the combine. While he's not a between-the-tackles runner, he can be a big threat if used correctly."
Bottom line: "Upgrades for the offense will help Vince Young."
"Eastern Carolina running back Chris Johnson ran 4.24 seconds in the 40 at the NFL Combine, and many scouts believe he has the escapability of a Reggie Bush. He should complement the inside bruising running style of LenDale White. Jason Jones of Eastern Michigan will be given every shot to replace Antwan Odom at RDE. Cal receiver Lavelle Hawkins plays faster than he runs and has a chance to be productive as a rookie. They took another Golden Bear in TE Craig Stevens, who is a much better blocker than a receiver. The Titans didn't land a lot of quality after Johnson."
The Sports Network
"The Titans were obviously targeting a running back with their first pick, and took the speedy Johnson when Jonathan Stewart, Felix Jones, and Rashard Mendenhall all came off the board. Tennessee could frequently use Johnson in the slot, a la Brian Westbrook, to utilize his speed. The second- round pick, Jones, was a college tackle who looks like a right end at the next level. Tennessee took two much-needed targets (both from Cal) in Stevens and Hawkins on the second day, but Stevens is more of a blocker and Hawkins benefited from being lined up opposite DeSean Jackson as a collegian. Hayes must adapt to the NFL level right away for a team that needs his body for depth on the d-line. Elsewhere on the second day, Keglar will be a special- teamer due to his athleticism, but the raw Williams appears headed to the practice squad."
"This not a shot at Johnson, who is one of the fastest players in the draft, but this is the third consecutive year the Titans have spent a first- or second-round pick on a running back. They desperately need receiving help. Jones fills in for the loss of Antwan Odom. Hayes will get a shot at that job as well, but he was more of reach. Hawkins is a really nice pickup in the fourth round, but the Titans needed to get another one earlier."
Dallas Morning News
needed offensive speed and landed the fastest player in this draft in
RB Johnson. Tennessee had the best fourth round of the draft, taking
big school producers Hawkins and Kegler and small-school riser Hayes."
"Running back Chris Johnson
is a good player, but I wasn't expecting him to go to Tennessee,
especially because the Titans need a wide receiver. (They should have
looked at WR Devin Thomas in the first round.) They did get WR Lavelle Hawkins in the fourth round and Vince Young will like the former California wide receiver. Jason Jones
can play DE or DT. I don't have a problem with the player they drafted
on Day 1, but the philosophy is skewed. It was the third straight year
Tennessee drafted a running back in the first two rounds. Craig Stevens is a good blocking tight end. William Hayes has good closing speed for a defensive end, but was a reach in the fourth round. Stanford Keglar
was a good fourth-round pick with some ability, and seventh-rounder
Cary Williams could make this team as a developmental cornerback."
"I should call this the Matt Millen Memorial Wide Receiver Stat of the Week, in honor of the Detroit executive who picked wide receivers in the top 10 of the draft in three consecutive years: The Tennessee Titans have taken a running back in the top 50 picks of the draft three years in a row -- Chris Johnson in 2008 (24th overall), Chris Henry in 2007 (50th), and LenDale White in 2006 (45th). I'm not really interested in hearing an explanation on that. It's just wrong."
"Johnson was the fastest running back at the combine. Scouts still think the East Carolina product is much more athlete than polished ball-carrier at this point."
"After using a second-round pick in each of the past two drafts to get running backs LenDale White and Chris Henry,
the Titans, who had lots of needs elsewhere (mainly wide receiver),
turned around and used a first-round pick on East Carolina running back
Henry hasn't shown much and this move is probably a sign the Titans
don't think he's going to work out. But White was a 1,000-yard rusher
last season and the Titans probably don't need a new starter. They
probably didn't get one because Johnson is undersized and may be
nothing more than a third-down back. Johnson is explosive and could
provide a nice complement to White, but you don't draft complementary
players in the first round."