By: Terry McCormick
Thursday night marks the 20th draft of the Tennessee Titans franchise since it relocated from Houston.
The franchise came to town in 1997 as the rechristened Tennessee Oilers and spent two years with that name before being reincarnated as the Titans with their move into a new stadium and with a uniform change to go along with it as well.
With two decades of players having played in Tennessee now, let’s go back and grade all the 19 previous drafts, beginning in 1997 up through last season’s draft.
Best pick: Derrick Mason, WR, Michigan State (fourth round)
Worst pick: Joey Kent, WR, Tennessee (second round).
Then Titans general manager Floyd Reese found moderate success in this draft with one eventual star in Mason and some serviceable role players in first-round defensive end Kenny Holmes, third-round cornerback Denard Walker and fifth-round tackle Scott Sanderson. There were a couple of bad misses, but other than Kent (13 career receptions), they at least came in the later rounds. Grade: B.Click here to read TitanInsider’s draft grades for all 19 drafts
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