Yesterday , we took a look at the 2005-2010 Titans draft history as we head to Thursday night’s first round. Today we look at the last 3 years and see if we can find hope for the upcoming season. Thursday morning we will look at the different scenarios and give you the results of our poll.See Part 1- Titans Daft History
2011: VY is a thing of the past , and the Titans have the #8 pick overall. QB Jake Locker, a projected late first , early second round pick , becomes our pick. Locker just retired after 3 injury plagued seasons. Cincy QB Andy Dalton went in the second and by far has been more successful. Second round LB Akeem Ayers was a good pick, it should be noted that WR Randall Cobb went 10 picks later. It was more defense as DT Casey and Klug and LB McCarthy were drafted . Some guy named Richard Sherman went 6 picks after Klug.
2012: With one pick in each round , the Titans opened with WR/Return guy Kendall Wright at #20 overall. This was questioned, but with the Titans just announcing they are picking up the option on the consistent WR , it was a good move. LB Zach Brown went in the second and CB Coty Sensabaugh came to us in the 4th. Nothing else of note here. QB Russell Wilson, WR TY Hilton and QB Nick Foles all went late second and early third rounds.
2013: Jury is still out on #8 pick Chance Warmack and traded up for second round pick WR Justin Hunter (Markus Wheaton, Terrance Williams and Keenan Allen all went in the third at the same position.) CB Blidi Wrey Wilson hasn’t caught onto the game yet, and C Brian Schwenke has shown flashes.
2014: With only 6 picks and a new staff, Taylor Lewan came to the Titans at #11. Late round picks LB Williamson and QB Mettenberger seem set to contribute this year. The big question mark is RB Bishop Sankey. Fans thought he was drafted for his strength as a pass catching RB. Coaching staff apparently thought differently as usually in those situations he was replaced by McCluster or Greene(the latter making no sense). So we will see if the Titans can better utilize the shifty RB this season or they go with someone who is more designed to carry the rock 25-30 times with success.
This concludes our history lesson. What did we learn? Hindsight is 20/20. This is a defining draft for the Titans. If Hunter gets out of his head, Lewan and Warmack solidify the line, Sankey gets used for his skill set , then the last 3 years will be looked at as successful. If Mettenberger proves to be a steal (I am not as confident as most) then the pieces could be in place with a strong draft this year. Which brings us to the question: What to do in the draft? What do you think?
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