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2009 DRAFT PICKS
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Rd Sel# Player Pos. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 30 Kenny Britt WR Rutgers #7 WR Round 2
2 62 Sen'Derrick Marks DT Auburn #9 DT Round 3
3 89 Jared Cook TE South Carolina #4 TE Round 3
3 94 Ryan Mouton CB Hawaii #18 CB Round 4
4 130 Gerald McRath ILB North Carolina #8 ILB Round 4
4 135 Troy Kropog OT Tulane #12 OT Round 4

Senior Bowl practice comment

Looked good at times, but speed killed him.

ONE ON ONE BLOCKING DRILLS SCORED BY JAY GOLDBERG

3 - 6 Ayers 1-1   Walker 1-1   Sidbury 0-1   Veikune 0-2   Irvin 1-1
5 173 Javon Ringer RB Michigan State #4 RB Round 2

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

If I read one more analysis of Ringer that ends with a play where he gets tracked down from behind, I'm going to hurl.  Ringer was a highly productive back in college and while yes, he doesn't have top speed, he is fast enough to make some big plays in the NFL.  However, it is his quickness (blistering 3.72 short shuttle on his Pro Day) and change-of-direction skills that set Ringer apart from most backs.  He could be this draft's Steve Slaton.
6 203 Jason McCourty CB Rutgers NR Late Round Value
6 206 Dominique Edison WR Stephen F Austin NR Late Round Value
7 239 Ryan Durand OG Syracuse #14 OG Round 5
7 242 Nick Schommer FS North Dakota State NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Dudley Guice WR NW La State NR Late Round Value

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Looking for a late round/free agent player who could develop into a contributor?  How about Dudley Guice.  Guice is a physical wonder.  At 6'2.4", 209 he ran 4.39 forty, a 4.01 short shuttle, a 6.61 three-cone and had a 39" vertical and a 10'5" broad jump.  With those measureables at his height you can't help but take notice.  Guice, however, only caught 17 balls last year.  He did look very good at the Texas vs the Nation All Star Game showing that he has potential.
FA ---- Mitch King DE/DT Iowa #9 DE (3-4 def) Round 2

Senior Bowl practice comment

King caught my eye both during one-on-one's and 11 on 11's.  An undersized tackle he could be an excellent end in the 3-4 defense.

ONE ON ONE BLOCKING DRILLS SCORED BY JAY GOLDBERG

7 - 3 Unger 2-0   Levitre 1-0   Canfield 1-2    Urbik 3-1

Senior Bowl Game

King was all over the field in much the same way Laws was last year.  He is an undersized tackle who could find a home as a 3-4 defensive end.  King made tackles, played off blocks, pushed the pocket and got penetration against the pass.  All in all a great game for King.

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Hustle, hustle, and more hustle.  Oh yeah, and skill too.  King won't wow you during workouts but on the field he is always around the ball making tackles.  I believe King is a great candidate to play end in a 3-4 defense.  If you draft this kid, you'll like what you get.

 

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2009 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Titans had a solid draft.  I would have liked their draft better if the secured a pass rusher and stronger defensive tackle than Marks, but all-in-all they added some interesting pieces.  My favorite pick was Javon Ringer, but with the  running backs on the Titans, he may not see the field much.  As far as street free agents are concerned, most of the players the Titans' signed are for camp depth, however, they did sign two players who could be long-term contributors in Guice and King.

DRAFT PICKS

I had a high second round grade on Britt so selecting him late in round one is fine.  Britt is a strong, big target with long arms, but at times, has inconsistent hands.  However, I would have been very tempted to draft defensive tackle Ziggy Hood at this spot and gone wide receiver (Derrick Williams for example) in round two.  One reason is that I am still high on Hawkins, a player who is much better in game situations than on the practice field.  However, Hawkins is a player quarterbacks have to trust since he turns small separation into incredible caches.

In my long experience evaluating the draft, one scenario that has the most risk of failure is the defensive lineman who looks the part, plays very well on film at times, but has poor strength as measured by bench press numbers.  Marks lifted the bar only 16 times.  Mouton, the 5'9" corner selected by Tennessee lifted the bar 18 times. This doesn't mean Marks won't hit the weight room to gain more strength and succeed, just that there is a higher probability that he will not cut it then some other players available at this spot.  So, if I didn't go Hood in round one, my selection here would have been defensive tackle Roy Miller.  Miller is a a very strong, fast, all-out type who had 5.5 sacks his senior year and an excellent week at the Senior Bowl. 

The speedy Cook was a very interesting and solid pick by Tennessee.  With the speed and running ability of Johnson, teams that move a safety into the box will now have to worry about Cook getting deep down the middle, beating the free safety for a big play.  There are certain players that are more valuable because of the makeup of lineup and this is such a case.  Cook may not even be the starting tight end, but he will play enough to have some key plays both for himself and opening things up for others.

Mouton is a short, athletic corner who will be a contributor for the Titans in nickel and dime packages.  He is a solid player.  However, the taller, just as athletic Keenan Lewis would have been my pick here at corner because of a higher upside.  Lewis has the potential to be a very good starting cornerback in the NFL.  If I was the GM here, however, looking at the depth at cornerback in the draft, and the needs (in my opinion) for the Titans, I would have drafted the speedy sacker Lawrence Sidbury Jr. at this spot.  Worst case, he would be a nickel rusher.  However, at 266 pounds, I believe he will grow into a two-way player at end.

McRath is another speed guy drafted by the Titans.  He will be a core special teams player and could form two-thirds of a speedy/athletic future linebacking unit with Keglar in the future.

Kropog is a big kid who has trouble blocking against speed rushers.  In my scenario, after passing on the corner in round three, I would have grabbed Macho Harris here.  I have Harris rated more highly than Mouton anyway.

Ringer was one of my favorite players in the draft.  I had a second round grade on him.  It wouldn't surprise me if the Titans eventually trade White and use Ringer as the change-of-pace back with Johnson.  Ringer has tremendous quickness and cutting ability.  While short he is strong for his size and runs well inside.  Last year the mid-round running back who I thought would pay big dividends was Tashard Choice.  He faced long odds to see the field in Dallas, but injuries got him on the field, and he proved me right.  Ringer is in the same position this year, but if given a chance, he will prove me right as well.

There were a number of corners at this spot I liked better than McCourty (Lankster, Mickens).  However, his speed and athleticism are impressive and I wouldn't be surprised if the Titans' know something I don't with this player.  He certainly has the skill set to be a special teams terror.  That said, if I passed on the tackle Kropog in round four, I would have jumped at the chance to draft offensive tackle Murtha here.  Murtha has as impressive credentials for his position, as McCourty does for his.  His 4.82 forty was the best in my list of tackle prospects (in fact, the next best was 4.96); his 4.34 short shuttle was also the best (4.50 was next best); his 7.06 three-cone was the best (7.27 was next best); and his other numbers weren't too shabby either.

Wide receivers who are 6'2' and run a 4.4 forty don't grow on trees so Edison was worth a look in round six.  He also caught 64 balls and had 17 touchdowns his senior year.  He could be a priority signing to the Titans' development squad.

Durand was excellent value in round seven. He was my 14th rated guard.  Durand has good tools and can be developed to be, at worst, a solid backup.  Durand was a nice get late in the draft.

Schommer may have a difficult time making the team.  His value on special teams will determine if he sticks more than his potential down the road to play in the base defense.  However (fans of the teams being analyzed must hate when they see this word in my write-ups), they missed an opportunity to bring a very underrated talent into the fold here.  Derek Pegues not only is a better safety prospect, but a terrific return man. 

 COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Wide receiver Guice is built like, and has similar speed to Edison, but is quicker and more athletic.  The difference is that Edison has more production in college.  However, Guice looked very good in the Texas vs. Nation College All Star Game.  It wouldn't surprise me if Guice passed Edison on the Titans' depth chart in camp.

King was one of my favorite players that did not get drafted.  I both understand and don't understand why.  The kid is an undersized defensive tackle.  However, when he is on the field he is always around the ball.  After his workout, I thought he would be targeted by 3-4 teams to play end.  His measureables were solid, his effort unquestioned, and his on-field production was impressive.  On the Titans' King will be a versatile backup and special teams player (how's that for confidence in a UFA making the team).  He could play end on running downs, be an inside rusher on passing downs, and a staple on special teams.

For chart below: red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
ARM-HAND relative to position, for ranges see ranking pages for 2009 draft

LAST NAME
at Combine
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HGT WGT ARM-
HAND
BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Britt Kenny Rutgers 6'2.7" 218 XL-M 23 4.47 1.50 2.59 4.47 - - 37" 10'4"
Marks Sen'Derrick Auburn 6'1.6" 306 XL-XL 16 5.00 1.68 2.88 4.76 - 7.80 33" 9'6"
Cook Jared South Car 6'4.6" 246 XL-XL 23 4.42 1.50 2.60 4.56 11.84 7.25 41" 10'3"
Mouton Ryan Hawaii 5'9" 187 S-S 18 4.48 1.53 2.56 - - - 39.5" 10'9"
McRath Gerald Southern Miss 6'1.7" 231 XL-L 21 4.49 1.48 2.62 4.35 11.51 7.24 34" 10'3"
Kropog Troy Tulane 6'5.6" 309 M-L 21 5.30 1.78 2.93 4.84 - 7.65 30" 8'4"
Ringer Javon Michigan State 5'9.1" 205 S-L 23 4.42 1.58 2.60 3.72 10.60 6.66 34" 9'7"
McCourty Jason Rutgers 5'10.3" 193 - 15 4.30 1.44 2.49 4.25 - 6.67 36.5" 10'5"
Edison Dominique S. F. Austin 6'2.1" 204 M-S - 4.40 1.53 2.53 4.18 - 7.09 37" 10'0"
Durand Ryan Syracuse 6'4.6" 305 - 28 5.10 1.69 2.97 4.66 - 7.40 27" 9'0"
Schommer Nick Arizona 5'11.6" 201 - 11 4.58 1.58 2.64 4.31 - 6.75 34.5" 9'10"
Guice Dudley NW La State 6'2.4" 209 XL-? 12 4.39 1.49 2.58 4.01 - 6.61 39" 9'4"
King Mitch Iowa 6'1.4" 280 S-L 25 4.81 1.66 2.81 4.40 - 7.55 33.5" 9'4"

purple - King's numbers as a DT, was a 3-4 DE on site (short shuttle only number in red as a DE)

2009 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY
Major need
     Need     Upgrade possible     Depth/possible need     Not a need

QB Collins and Simms are UFAs.  While it is advisable that the Titans' resign Collins, I'm still a believer in Young and believe the Titans can win with him at quarterback.  However, whether Collins or another player, the Titans need to sign an experienced quarterback.
RB Johnson and White form an excellent one-two punch for Tennessee.  I "talked up" Johnson as a prospect last year, and he didn't let me down.  In 2009 he will be even better. 
WR McCareins and Jones are UFAs.  The Titans' will, most likely, let McCareins walk, and look to resign Jones.  Gage, when healthy has played well for Tennessee.  Hawkins is a kid I love and I look for him to win the starting spot opposite Gage in camp.  However, whether Jones, other free agents, or thru the draft, the Titans will need to add a couple of receivers ready to immediately to their receiver mix.  
TE Sciafe is an UFA and despite a late season drop off in production is an emerging talent.  Crumpler's best days are behind him, but is still a plus tight end.  Stevens is a young player with potential.  The need here will depend on what Sciafe does.
OL The Titans have one of the better lines in the NFL.  They also have good depth.  Outside of some camp bodies and competition for bottom of the roster spots, this unit is set.
DL Haynesworth is an UFA and the Titans desperately need to resign him.  Brown, Vanden Bosch, and Kearse complete a solid starting unit.  Jones is a future starter, and he will be a good one.  Ford looked good rushing the passer.  In addition to resigning Haynesworth, another pass rushing end who could challenge Ford as Kearse's eventual replacement could be addressed this offseason.
LB This unit is very steady.  Bullocks is a top player, while Tulloch and Thornton are reliable, steady pros.  While not a need, I could see the Titans grabbing a linebacker if a good one falls to them in the draft at spot where he represents value and offers an upgrade for either Thornton or Tulloch.
DB This may be the best starting secondary in the NFL.  Harper and Finnegan are an excellent par of corners.  In fact Finnegan is so good, he could be that rare RFA who teams will give up draft picks to get.  So Tennessee would be well served to sign him long term now.  In addition Hope and Griffin are a solid pair of safeties.  The one caution flag here is that nickel Fuller is an UFA who could leave if given a chance to start elsewhere.  King is also an UFA.  The Titans will have to address depth here in the offseason, whether bringing back some of their own or looking towards free agency or the draft.
ST Bironas, one of the league's top kickers is an UFA as is punter Hentrick and return men Carr and Jones.  Obviously special teams will be an area that the Titans will need to address in the offseason.

 

2008 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 24 Chris Johnson RB/Ret 5'11" 197 East Carolina #4 RB Round 1

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

I know it's not "football knowledge savvy" to place too much emphasis on workout numbers, but come on, a 4.24 forty!  At the Combine even, not on campus under ideal conditions.  Johnson was a marginal first round selection before this workout.  Since it, analyses have concentrated on his lack of inside running ability.  But the kid can catch.  The kid can run outside.  And the kid may be the fastest player in football.  I also believe he will run inside better than many think.  Worst case, he can be for a team what the Saints wanted Bush to be.  Johnson may not be an every-down back, but he will be a very valuable member of a team whether carrying the ball, or having defenses keeping track of his every move fearful of him going the distance at any moment.  A smart team will grab him in round one.
2 54 Jason Jones DE 6'5.2" 273 E Michigan #11 DE Round 3

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Jones played out of position at defensive tackle in his senior year.  He has played well at end in the college post-season.  He could be a sleeper for a team as a rotation player at end who kicks inside in the nickel ala Justin Tuck of the Giants for pass rush purposes.  Jones should have a nice NFL career.
3 85 Craig Stevens TE 6'3.2" 254 California #11 TE Round 4/Round 5
4 103 William Hayes DE 6'1.3" 258 Winston-Salem   Late Round Value/Free Agent
4 126 Lavelle Hawkins WR/Ret 5'11" 187 California #6 WR Round 2

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

As a fan of the show Jericho, I 'gotta' like him for his last name alone.  Hawkins is a player I absolutely love in this draft.  In Senior Bowl practices he routinely made incredible catches.  He was a highlight reel all by himself.  He followed up that display with a very good Senior Bowl Game.  Hawkins isn't the fastest receiver, isn't the biggest receiver, isn't the quickest receiver, which makes him a bit of a risk when compared to others available in this draft.  He makes great catches, in part, because he doesn't get the same separation as those bigger, faster, quicker receivers.  He will need a quarterback who trusts him and isn't afraid to throw into tight windows for him to reach his full potential.  However, if he is paired with such a quarterback, when looked at 10 years down the road, he just may be considered the best receiver to come out of this draft.
4 135 Stanford Keglar OLB 6'1.5" 239 Purdue #3 OLB Round 2

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Keglar has a chance to be a great SAM linebacker.  He has a rare combination of strength, speed, quickness and athletic ability.  Keglar is also a smart, tough kid with good coverage skills.  Keglar will be a steal for a team in the draft.  In addition, he will be a killer on special teams while he develops as a linebacker.
7 229 Cary Williams CB 6'1" 187 Washburn   Late Round Value
FA   Omar Cuff RB/Ret 5'9.5" 195 Delaware   Late Round Value/Free Agent
FA   Rafael Little RB/Ret 5'8.6" 184 Kentucky   Late Round Value
FA   Jason Rivers WR 6'1.2" 200 Hawaii   Late Round Value
FA   Eric Scott C/G 6'3.2" 298 Kentucky   Late Round Value/Free Agent
FA   Fernando Velasco C/G 6'2.6" 318 Georgia   Late Round Value

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2008 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

All in all the Titans draft was excellent, albeit a bit schizophrenic.  Hawkins and Keglar were among the best steals in the entire draft.  Johnson was perhaps the boldest move of round one (and a move I loved).  However, Hayes was a head-scratcher and Stevens is solid but drafted a bit too high in my opinion.  Also, I'm not sure if any of the college street free agents will earn a roster spot.

DRAFT PICKS

Johnson was a great pick in round one and a player the Cowboys will regret passing on big time.  Johnson has great speed and is a terrific receiver.  He can catch out of the backfield, from the slot and even line up wide.  He could be a big time wide receiver in the NFL.  However, that is not necessary.  He is also a good runner.  While primary looked at as an outside runner, Johnson will be effective running inside as well in time.  He will start off as a part time player, but could evolve into a Brian-Westbrook-type of player down the line.

Jones caught my eye big time in the post-season.  He will not be a big-time sacker, but will be effective playing the run.  The second round may have been a little high for him but if Kearse proves to no longer be a full time player, Jones could play the early downs while Kearse comes in to rush the passer.

Stevens comes in with the rep of being an excellent blocker who also has reliable hands.  He did show better speed in workouts than I thought he had sop I'm willing to give this pick a thumbs up even though he went a round earlier than where I had him graded.

Hayes was a reach.  I know he moved up after his workout, but is at best a one-dimensional pass-rushing end.  Even though Hayes has more size, I liked Marcus Howard much better as a pass rushing specialist.

Hawkins is one of my two favorite receivers in this draft (Avery was the other).  All you have to do is look at some of the report cards for other teams to see where I indicated they made a mistake by not grabbing this talented kid.  Hawkins has great hands and makes unbelievable catches.  He will outperform his workout numbers and has the best chance to be a number one receiver of all the receivers in this draft based on a combination of skills and opportunity.  He doesn't have great speed and quickness, however, so Young will have to learn to trust him and throw into tight windows and allow him to make plays.

Keglar was the second of two exceptional picks in a row.  He is possibly the best athlete among all linebackers in this draft.  While he is penciled in at WILL because of his sideline to sideline speed, he could be a tremendous SAM because he is very strong, extremely quick and has great change of direction skills.  I look for him to push Thornton to start this year.  Worst case while he waits his turn to start, he will be a terror on special teams.

Williams has a nice combination of height and speed and is an ideal developmental prospect.  Look for him to land on the Titans' practice squad.

COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Cuff is a versatile athlete who could stick on the Titans' practice squad.

Little is a talented, but undersized, running back.  He injured his knee at the Senior Bowl and will spend the year on the injured list.  Next year he will come to camp and could win a spot as a backup.  He is a good return man, a good receiver, and an effective change-of-pace runner.

Rivers has good size and hands, but is not a burner and is a long shot to make the team.  He is another candidate for the practice squad.

Scott is fairly new to center and looked good in Texas versus the Nation practices.  He is a candidate for the practice squad.

Velasco is a tough kid who could surprise in camp and push for a backup spot on the roster.  More likely, however, he will battle Scott for a spot on the practice squad.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
(blue college name indicates workout #'s include Pro Day numbers)

COMBINE
YES
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Johnson Chris EAST CAR 5'11" 197 NA 4.24 1.40 2.41 NA NA NA 35" 10'8"
Jones Jason E MICHIGAN 6'5.2" 273 18 4.76 1.59 2.73 4.32 NA 7.29 30.5" 10'3"
Stevens Craig CALIFORNIA 6'3.2" 254 27 4.59 1.56 2.64 4.31 11.78 7.07 32.5" 9'6"
Hayes William WINSTON-SALEM 6'1.3' 258 NA 4.61 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Hawkins Lavelle CALIFORNIA 5'11" 187 14 4.47 1.49 2.56 4.24 NA 6.95 33.5" 10'0"
Keglar Stanford PURDUE 6'1.5" 239 29 4.55 1.51 2.60 3.98 11.43 6.70 39" 10'6"
Williams Cary WASBURN 6'1" 187 8 4.43 NA NA 4.34 NA 6.94 32.5" 9'11"
Cuff Omar DELAWARE 5'9.5" 195 16 4.51 1.54 2.61 4.12 NA 6.86 34" 10'1"
Little Rafael KENTUCKY 5'8.6" 184 8 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Rivers Jason HAWAII 6'1.2" 200 NA 4.55 1.56 2.64 4.32 11.36 7.03 30" 9'10"
Scott Eric KENTUCKY 6'3.2" 298 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Velasco Fernando GEORGIA 6'2.6" 318 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

2008 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY

TEN          Major Need         Need          Upgrade         Depth Need         Not a Need

QB  Young is going to fine.  He's a star in the making.  Collins is a good backup, but is getting up there in years and a young QB could be brought in to challenge Martin to be Young's future backup.
RB  White player very well, but next year is a "prove it" year for me.  Brown is a free agent.  Henry has the tools, but is a question mark.  Hall is a good fullback.  Another running back who can challenge Henry to be White's top backup and could be on hand if White doesn't "prove it" needs to be added.
WR  Gage came on late in the year.  Williams continues to show promise, but hasn't put a solid full year together yet.  It may be time to move on from the promising, but always hurt Jones.  Ealy and P Williams are bottom of the roster types.  Who knows about Givens?  This team needs two receivers.
TE Scaife is a good pass catching tight end.  Troupe is a free agent who has not develop-ed as the Titan's hoped.  Hartsock and Cramer are okay, but replaceable.  The Titans need a solid backup tight end who can block.
OL  The Titans' are set at tackle.  At guard, Bell is a free agent and could be highly coveted.  Olsen is a good player, but struggles with his back.  The Titans have some depth at guard, but if a good one is available in the draft, they could pull the trigger.  Also a center of the future is needed for the aging Mawae.
DL This offseason will tell how much the Titans' like there at times underachieving young defensive lineman.  Odom, LaBoy and Starks are free agents.  If they walk, the Titans will need to bring an at least one end.  They have a replacement ready for Starks in Johnson who could even push Brown for a starting role. 
LB The Titans' have a very good starting unit and go two deep at middle linebacker with Fowler and Tulloch.  They do need depth behind starting outside linebackers, Bulluck and Thornton, who can step in and play if needed and not just help out on special teams.
DB The Titans' have a good starting unit, and good depth at corner.  An fourth safety to replace Nickey may be the only spot available in camp if everyone returns.
ST Their kicking game is fine, but a kick returner is a must and a punt returner is a possibility.  Ball security was a problem for Chris Davis.

 

2007 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's Draft Value
1 19 Griffin, Michael FS 6-0 195 Texas # 1 SS Round 1
2 50 Henry, Chris RB 6-0 228 Arizona # 8 RB Round 3
3 80 Williams, Paul WR 6-1 209 Fresno State #23 WR Round 4
4 115 Harris, Leroy C 6-2 298 North Carolina State Late Round Value
4 128 Davis, Chris WR 5-10 181 Florida State #24 WR Round 4
5 152 Johnson, Antonio DT 6-3 305 Mississippi State Late Round Value
6 188 Filani, Joel WR 6-2 216 Texas Tech Late Round Value
6 204 Ford, Jacob DE 6-4 249 Central Arkansas Late Round Value
6 206 Smith, Ryan CB 5-10 168 Florida Late Round Value
7 223 Otto, Michael OT 6-5 308 Purdue #12 OT Round 4
FA Ealy, Biren WR 6-3 207 Houston Off My Board
FA McElveen, Jermaine DE 6-4 250 UAB Late Round Value
FA Sharp, Brandon FS 5-10 194 Louisville Late Round Value

 

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2007 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

Henry, Williams and Harris were slight reaches, Otto was a steal.  Of the college street free agents signed by the Titans, I like the signing of Brandon Sharp the best.

I love Griffin as a player.  However, that is at safety, not corner.  His best position is strong safety where he could be special but Chris Hope is in his way.  At free safety, where he is a better option than Lamont Thompson, he will be solid.  But the Titans have him penciled in at cornerback and that will be a mistake.  Not that he won't be acceptable there, but that is all he will be.  His speed, quickness and athleticism are top notch for a safety, but only good for a cornerback.  Henry had one of the best workouts of all running backs in the draft.  His strength, speed, and quickness numbers (26, 4.40, 4.14) coupled with limited college production hasn't been seen since ...... Justin Fargas (27, 4.31, 4.10).  Hey, I was all over Fargas as a prospect; I'm was not going to fall for that again.  Fargas went in round three not round one where I had him graded.  Now Henry goes in round two, not round three where I had him graded.  In this draft I would have taken a shot on Jackie Battle late in day two rather than Henry here.  Battle had excellent workout numbers as well, is a big back, and had much better college production.  If the Titans did that they could have drafted wide receiver Steve Smith or Jason Hill at this spot.  All that said, Henry possess the tools to be a good NFL running back.   The Titans reached a bit for Paul Williams who has good speed both in workouts and on the football field, but is inconsistent and will need to work hard become anything more than a #3 receiver.  If the Titans' followed my strategy a receiver would not have been needed here.  Since they did not, I like Clowney and Allison a lot more than Williams.  Especially, Clowney who could have been an option on returns replacing Pacman Jones.  Harris in round four was another slight reach but on day two I cannot find much fault with it.  He is an ideal backup center but will probably never be a top starter and will need to bulk up to backup at guard as well.  Davis is a better fit for the Titans than Williams.  He is very quick, makes sharp cuts and could emerge as an excellent slot receiver and solid return man.  Johnson is very quick for a 300 pound defensive tackle.  However, he lacks football instincts.  He could help as a nickel rusher initially and if he can learn to read and react better could be a find.  However, I think he will end up as a nickel and backup tackle.  Filani is another receiver whose upside is probably as a #3.  He can get open in short zones and has reliable hands.  He lacks speed, but is quick.  He could also help as a returner.  Ford is a potential pass rush specialist who needs to hit the weight room.  He could be a development squad candidate.  His size and speed could make him a candidate for outside linebacker in a 3-4 if the Titans ever decide to employ that defense.  Smith was a great pick in round six.  He followed coach Urban Meyer to Florida from Utah and led the SEC in interceptions.  Despite a very slight build, he a tough kid who doesn't shy away from contact.  He is more quick than fast so covering slot receivers should be fine.  Smith will have to either show he can take the pounding at his weight, or will have to put on 20 to 25 pounds of muscle and maintain his quickness to be a factor in the NFL.  If he proves he can take the pounding at his weight, the Titans will have a good nickel corner.  If he can add 20 to 25 pounds of muscle and keep his quickness and speed, the Titans will have a solid starting-caliber corner.  If neither happens, Smith will be out of the league.  With three sixth round picks, this is an excellent gamble.  I liked Otto more than most.  He looked very good during Senior Bowl one-on-one drills and is plain and simple, a football player.  He does need to hit the weight room, but could be a starter down the line.  I had a fourth round grade on Otto.

The Titans' college street free agents of note include: Ealy, a wide receiver with a good size and straight line speed who could stick on the development squad.  He is an excellent athlete so if he develops as a receiver he is an ideal candidate as a #5 receiver who excels on special team coverage units.  McElveen is a rare light defensive end who plays the run well.  He has the frame to add 20 to 25 pounds and become a two-down end.  Sharp was an excellent signing.  The kid is undersized, but he he is smart, athletic, strong for his size, fast and quick.  I predict he will make the team and if the opportunity presents itself, could push for serious playing time.  Think poor-man's Bob Sanders (same type of player, but good not great measureables, and slighter build).  Worst case he will be a top special teams player.

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GRIFFIN MICHAEL TEXAS-AUSTIN SS/FS 5'11.6" 202 16 4.40 1.49 2.52 4.10 11.27 6.60 39.5" 10'0"
Griffin got a bad rap his senior season because he missed some tackles.  However, he like to hit, is strong, fast, quick and athletic, and will develop into a reliable tackler in the NFL.  He also has good cover skills for a safety.  He will be a great strong safety, a good free safety, but if moved to corner will only be an average cornerback.

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HENRY CHRIS ARIZONA RB 5'11.2" 230 26 4.40 1.56 2.56 4.14 11.51 6.96 36" 10''7"
Henry is a workout warrior with limited college production.  However his strength, speed, and quickness are extremely impressive.  He could emerge in the NFL, or he could be another Justin Fargas (27, 4.31, 4.10).  

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WILLIAMS PAUL FRESNO ST WR 6'1.3" 203   4.45 1.51 2.58 4.24 11.56 7.03 38.5" 10'7"
Williams has good speed and athleticism and was a good deep threat at Fresno State.  However, he has been inconsistent and will need to show a good work ethic to develop his skills and be anything more than a #3 wideout.

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HARRIS LEROY NORTH CAR ST C 6'2.4" 298 29 5.35 1.87 3.06 4.80   8.00 24.5" 8'0"
Harris is a strong kid who plays hurt.  He is limited athletically but is the type who could have a long NFL career as a backup.

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DAVIS CHRIS FLORIDA ST WR/RET 5'10.2" 181   4.50 1.55 2.62 4.08   6.66 36" 9'7"
Davis is a quick receiver and return man who can cut on a dime and run to daylight.  He has reliable hands and could surprise as a long term #3 receiver and solid return man.

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JOHNSON ANTONIO MISSISSIPPI ST DT 6'3" 310 28 5.11 1.68 2.90 4.49   7.47 29" 9'0"
Johnson is very quick for a man his size.  He can shoot the gaps, get into a team's backfield and disrupt plays.  However, he does not make many tackles since he is late to locate the ball and find the ball carrier.

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FILANI JOEL TEXAS TECH WR 6'1.1" 211 17 4.51  1.53 2.62 4.10   6.81 33" 9'9"
Filani lacks speed but is quick and has very good hands and moves.  He could find a home as a #3 or #4 receiver and return man.  He had excellent production in college but played in spread offense.

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FORD JACOB CENTRAL ARKANSAS DE/OLB 6'3.5" 249 19 4.65 1.52 2.62          
Ford is an undersized end with good speed and pass rush moves.  However, he will need to hit the weight room to get stronger if he wants to transfer his skills to the NFL. 

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SMITH RYAN FLORIDA CB 5'10.2" 174 11 4.51  1.50 2.65  4.12    7.07     
Smith is an intriguing prospect and worth a shot on day two.  He has good ball, cover and read and react skills but has a slight build.  While slightly built he led the Gators in tackles amongst defensive backs.  Smith is quick, tough kid who makes plays and could be a valuable extra defensive back whom could handle himself if called upon to replace an injured starter. 

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OTTO MIKE PURDUE OT 6'5.4" 308 21 5.20 1.78 2.96 4.67   7.62 26.5" 8'9"
Otto does not possess great measureables, but he looked very good on tape and in Senior Bowl drills.  This kid is a football player who will, at worst, be a reliable backup, and could be a solid NFL starter.

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EALY BIREN HOUSTON WR 6'2.5" 207 12 4.50 1.54 2.59 4.20   7.11 37.5" 11'1"
Ealy is a very good athlete with good speed.  He is more straight line than quick and needs work but his athleticism could help him stick as an end of the roster guy because he should be able to play on special teams.  However, with the depth at receiver in this draft he will have to impress in a team's camp to stick.

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MCELVEEN JERMAINE UAB DE 6'3.6" 250                  
McElveen is an undersized defensive end who does not possess the speed to move to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.  He does plSmithhe run well and has the frame to get bigger so he could develop into a backup in the NFL.

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SHARP BRANDON LOUISVILLE FS/CB 5.10" 194 18 4.47 1.49 2.54 4.03   6.81 37.5" 10'4"
Sharp is an intelligent football player with a nice mix of strength, size, speed, quickness, and athleticism.  He was also a team leader.  While under-sized, Sharp could surprise on the next level.

 

2007 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO THE DRAFT and FREE AGENCY
major need     need     depth/possible need     not a significant need

QB  Young proved why he was my #1 QB in the draft.  Collins is an UFA so a backup is needed.
RB Brown is an UFA, Henry will have to restructure, White is a question mark.
WR Bennett is an UFA, Wade is a #3, I'm still waiting on Roby, Jones shows signs but may never develop.
TE Sciafe showed signs.  Kinney needs to get healthy.
OL An improving unit.  Depth is needed.
DL Lots of bodies, lots of potential, but few have come through.  I wouldn't give up, but I would continue to add bodies.
LB I like Bullock (what's not to like), but Thornton and Sirmon don't thrill me.
DB Keep Hope, Hill as a nickel, and Finnegan as a backup, rebuild the rest (yes get rid of the talented thug Jones).
ST If Jones is dumped as I suggest, a PR is needed.

2006 DRAFT PICKS
Links go to write-ups at NFL.com

Tennessee
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 3 Young, Vince QB 6-5 228 Texas # 1 QB Round 1
2 45 White, LenDale RB 6-0 237 Southern California # 5 RB Round 2
4 102 Lowry, Calvin SS 5-11 197 Penn State # 7 SS Round 4
4 116 Tulloch, Stephen ILB 5-11 242 North Carolina State Late Round Value > Round 4
5 137 Nande, Terna OLB 6-0 233 Miami (Ohio) # 4 ILB, # 9 OLB Round 3
5 169 Mahelona, Jesse DT 6-1 310 Tennessee # 11 DT Round 3
6 172 Orr, Jonathan WR 6-2 197 Wisconsin # 18 WR Round 4
7 215 Finnegan, Cortland FS 5-10 189 Samford Late Round Value > Round 4
7 245 Toone, Spencer OLB 6-1 235 Utah Late Round Value > Round 4
7 246 Ganther, Quinton RB 5-9 219 Utah Late Round Value > Round 4
  FA Appel, Jaxson FS 5-10 193 Texas A&M Late Round Value > Round 4

 

B+

2006 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Titans made some excellent value picks on day two grabbing Nande, Mahelona and Orr.

The Titans got the best player in the draft.  No, not Reggie Bush, Vince Young.  I'm sick and tired of the comparisons to Michael Vick.  On the filed, I would compare him more to McNabb, although Young is his own unique talent.  Young can throw from the pocket, on the move, is accurate, has a good arm, and can make plays with his legs.  He is also a leader, and will be a star in the NFL.  White is a question mark.  At one time he was thought to be the second best back in the class and a potential top ten pick.  Then he got hurt, looked out of shape, couldn't run prior to the draft, and lifted the bar like a cornerback, not a power runner.  However, he was extremely productive at USC and was worth a second round pick.  Lowry is a heady player with quick reactions and good ball skills.  While he played strong safety he may be better as a free safety.  He will be a good special teams player, and will be a solid backup safety who will be a plus in nickel and dime defenses.  Down the line, Lowry has a chance to be a good starting safety.  Tulloch is short, but he is a tackling machine who gives great effort all the time.  He is better against the run than the pass, has good quickness, and is a potential two down starter at middle linebacker.  Nande is a player I like a lot.  If not for a liver condition he would have gone on day one.  In fact, I had a third round grade on him.  He has an amazing mix of speed, quickness, athleticism, and strength.  He is also a fluid athlete.  Nande is a bit rough, but he will be a special teams terror while learning his craft.  If he learns quickly, he is a better fit for the strong side than Thornton.  But don't count on him developing that quickly.  Mahelona was another good pick.  I had a third round grade on him also.  Mahelona plays quicker and stronger than he tests.  He can penetrate and pressure quarterbacks, and has good strength when playing the run.  The Titans have numbers at defensive tackle, but it wouldn't surprise me if Mahelona is a rotation player this year.  Orr was another excellent value pick.  I had a fourth round grade on him.  He has good straight line speed, good hands, and is very athletic.  Receiver is another deep position on the Titans so Orr will have to show a lot to stick.  Counting Orr, there are eight players fighting for five or six jobs.  Expect Orr to land on the Titans' practice squad.  Finnegan had an amazing workout.  He is very fast and extremely athletic.  He could stick as a special teams standout and return man.  Toone is an instinctive player who could be a good backup linebacker and special teams player.  Ganther is a strong ( at 5'9" he lifted the bar almost twice as many times as White), elusive runner with good hands, and good cut-back ability.  He has a chance to be the Titans' third down back in a suddenly deep position.

The Titans signed one college street free agents of note.  Appel is a free safety who hits like a strong safety but doesn't have great ball skills.  He does have good strength and straight line speed.  He could be a nice backup safety and special teams player but there is a lot of competition in the Titans' camp.

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Young Texas 6'5", 229 4.57                 15
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Young Is much more than just a running quarterback.  Young can throw from the pocket and on the move, is a leader, has a big-time arm, and is smart.  If I was a GM, I would make Young the top pick in the draft.  In his senior year Young completed 65% of his passes.  The comparisons to Vick are unfounded and nonsense.  Vick is a better athlete, Young is a better quarterback.
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White USC 6'0.6", 244             15      
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - If White puts up Jamal Lewis forty times (4.33) he could move into the top five of the draft.  He he runs 4.5 or so, he'll stay in the pack with Williams and Maroney, and where they are drafted will depend upon a team's system and needs.  White is the best power back of the three (Williams, Maroney, White).
Scott Wolf, of the Press Telegram, reports USC RB LenDale White reportedly tested positive for an undisclosed drug, according to multiple sources, which could affect his stock the NFL draft. White spoke briefly to a reporter Friday, April 28, but sounded unconcerned about the situation. "(The NFL) ain't worried about it," he said. "The issue's been addressed." Several sources said the test took place at the Combine in late February. "If it's out, it's got to be a Combine test," said a source with knowledge of NFL drug testing. "Some teams also give their own tests but those are at individual workouts and no one releases those."
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - White couldn't work out and it will hurt his draft status.  In fact, the one thing he did do, bench presses, he did very poorly.  White is beginning to look like a highly productive college back (1300 yards, 6.6 ypr, 24 TDs) who will enter the NFL with more questions than a back with his college production at a top school should.
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Lowry Penn State 5'11", 200 4.49 1.61 2.71 4.19 11.21 7.14 16 36" 10'0"  
SS/KR
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Lowery is a heady player with quick reactions and good ball skills.  Lowry had 79 tackles and 4 interceptions his senior year.  He is an underrated prospect who could have a nice NFL career.
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Tulloch N C State 5'9.7", 234 4.75 1.77 2.90 4.18   7.20 27 33.5" 9'5"  
ILB
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Tulloch is a very strong and very active.  In his senior year he had 145 tackles.  Tulloch is more quick, than fast, and doesn;t have ideal height for the position, but gives great effort and makes plays.
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Nande Miami-OH 6'0.1", 232 4.51 1.59 2.64 4.11   6.98 41 39" 10'4"  

PLAYER WHO WILL PERFORM BETTER IN NFL THAN MANY DRAFTED BEFORE HIM

If not for medical concerns (liver condition), Nande would be higher on more draft experts' boards.  Nande has an unbelievable mix of speed (4.51 forty), quickness (4.11 short shuttle), strength (41 lifts), and athleticism (39" vertical, 10'4" long jump).  He can play in the middle, or be a very good strong side linebacker, particularly for a team that plays three fast linebackers, giving them the speed they crave in a true strong-side backer.
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Mahelona Tennessee 6'0.1", 310 5.34     4.84   7.63 27 27" 7'6"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Mahelona is a quick, agile defensive tackle that can rush the passer.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Mahelona had a very good week of practice at the Senior Bowl.
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Orr Wisconsin 6'2.1", 198 4.41 1.57 2.63 4.16 11.19 7.07   39" 10'8"  
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Finnegan Samford 5'9.7", 188 4.33     4.34   6.95 14 44" 10'8"  
CB/FS - NOT AT COMBINE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Wow! A great workout.  A little short but can run and leap.
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Toone Utah 6'1.1", 235 4.70     4.28   6.98 22 35" 9'6"  
ILB/OLB - NOT AT COMBINE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Toone could be a useful backup linebacker and special teams player in the NFL.  He has good instincts, but is limited athletically.
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Ganther Utah 5'9.4", 218 4.50 1.59 2.70 4.32   7.21 29 35" 9'11"  
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Appel Texas A&M 5'10.2", 193 4.46     4.41   7.25 18 33.5" 9'2"  
FS/SS - NOT AT COMBINE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Appel is a free safety who hits like a strong safety, but doesn't have great ball skills.

 2006 TEAM NEEDS
prior to free agency

TEN
QB The Titans should settle on Volek as McNair's heir apparent and concentrate on other areas.  However, that doesn't appear to be the way they are going.  McNair needs to restructure to be back.  Look for that to happen.  The Titan's may draft McNair's replacement and move Volek.
RB With two runners as talented as Brown and Henry why is this a blue?  Brown stayed healthy but wasn't as effective as he was in the past.  Maybe he needs to be reckless to get the most out of himself.  Henry may have crashed and burned on and off the field.  If the Titans can bring in a young runner, they should consider it while Brown and Henry have some value to other teams.
WR Bennett is more of a two than a one.  Jones and Roby will both be good receivers, but receivers usually have a sophomore slump, so they may both be a year away from being consistent contributors.  Calico may never get there.  This is a need that needs to be addressed in free agency, not the draft.
TE Solid and deep.  Kinney, Troupe, Sciafe, and even Gregg have NFL talent.
OL Hartwig, the Titans' center is one of their better lineman but is an UFA and will be hard to resign.  Roos and Hopkins are fine at tackle, but Olson could be replaced at right guard.
DL Vanden Bosch had a great year and is now an UFA.  The Titans need his veteran leadership as much as his talent to help their young line.  Haynesworth and Starks are young tackles who will continue to improve, especially Starks.  LaBoy, Odom, and Schobel are young ends, all with talent, but need consistency.  Long is another young tackle with upside.  The Titans need a vet or two to mix in, especially if Vanden Bosch leaves.
LB Bullock is a top player.  Sirmon has lost a step and would be a good sub.  He needs to be replaced as a starter.  Kassel is a bit slow in the middle, and is an UFA who will probably be allowed to leave.  Therefore, another strating linebacker is needed.
DB Hill and Jones have potential as starting corners.  Woolfolk and Fuller and solid extra corners.  Thompson hasn't lived up to expectations at free safety and needs to be replaced.  Nickey was thought tp be a possibility, but he looks like a nickel safety.  Williams is an UFA, and signing him is a risk because he appeared to have lost a step after his injury.  The Titans need safeties.
ST This is one area where the Titans do not have to concern themselves this offseason.  The kicking game is fine, and Jones, Roby, et all are exciting young return men.
 

2005 COLLEGE DRAFT

Tennessee  - links below go to NFL.com reports Jaybird Jaybird
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Ranking Value Board
1 6 Jones, Adam 'Pacman' CB 5-11 187 West Virginia # 2 CB Round 1
2 41 Roos, Michael OT 6-7 320 Eastern Washington # 5 OT Round 3
3 68 Roby, Courtney WR 6-0 189 Indiana # 8 WR Round 2
3 96 Jones, Brandon WR 6-1 208 Oklahoma # 22 WR Round 4
4 108 Fuller, Vincent FS 6-1 189 Virginia Tech # 7 FS Round 4
4 113 Stewart, David OT 6-7 323 Mississippi State # 18 OT Round 4
4 136 Williams, Roydell WR 6-0 192 Tulane # 28 WR Round 4
5 142 Nash, Damien RB 5-10 218 Missouri Late Round Value > Round 4
5 150 Loper, Daniel OT 6-6 306 Texas Tech # 15 OT Round 4
6 179 Scaife, Bo TE 6-3 249 Texas   > Round 4
7 218 Hill, Reynaldo CB 5-11 187 Florida   > Round 4
FA   Reyes, Walter RB 5-9 210 Syracuse # 15 RB Round 4
FA   Hall, Ben TE 6-5 260 Clemson # 7 TE Round 4
FA   Erickson, Mike OG 6-4 304 Nebraska # 12 OG Round 4
FA   Guidugli, Gino QB 6-3 210 Cincinnati # 8 QB Round 4
FA   Randall, Marcus QB 6-0 223 Virginia Late Round Value > Round 4
FA   Anderson, Jason WR 6-2 182 Wake Forest Late Round Value > Round 4
FA   Johnson, Earvin WR 6-3 200 UNLV Late Round Value > Round 4

 

The Titans did a very good job of drafting for both value and need.  They had no reaches, and got excellent value with Roby and Loper.

The Titans had an excellent draft.  Jones is a playmaker at both corner and as a returner.  He should start right away and develop into a good corner.  Roos is a very interesting prospect.  The Titans have an immediate need at right tackle.  While Roos could start from day one, he is making a big jump from Eastern Washington to the NFL, so he will have growing pains.  Roos will be a very good player in time, so if he starts, Titan fans need to hang in there with him.  I love Roby as a player.  He had the rep as being a tough guy who was not afraid to go over the middle and make the big catch.  Then he proved to be one of the fastest, quickest receivers in the draft.  And, oh yeah, he also should very good athleticism.  Roby will develop into a top NFL receiver.  Even though Roby is faster than Jones, Jones has the label of a speed receiver.  That had more to do with how they were used in college, rather than how they project to the NFL.  While Jones may start out on an even keel with Roby, Roby will blow by him soon enough.  Jones, however, will be a solid number three or four receiver.  Fuller is another very fast, very quick player.  He is ideally suited to play free safety.  It wouldn't surprise me if he passes Thompson by the start of camp next year.  This year he will compete for time in the nickel and play on special teams.  Stewart is a strong, athletic tackle who will probably peak as a quality backup.  Williams is the third young receiver added by the Titans.  Again he will start off even with Roby and Jones, but within a couple years he will be competing with Jones for playing time in multiple receiver sets, not with Roby who will press Calico to become a starter.  Williams is more of a possession receiver than Jones, so he offers a different skill set.  Nash is limited athletically, and is not overly fast.  However, he is quick, and is strong for his size.  He could stick as a backup runner, but it wouldn't surprise me if the Titans' find better options.  I like Loper better than Stewart, but it's close.  Loper is already a polished pass blocker.  If he can improve his run blocking he could be a fifth round steal.  Scaife was a promising tight end, then labored though four years of knee problems.  He has some potential, but is a risk because of his past injuries.  Hill is a good man-to-man cover guy, but lacks discipline.  He is a good tackler and will be a solid special teams cover -guy.

The Titans' followed up a terrific draft with one of the better college street free agent signing periods.  The Walter Reyes/Nash battle in camp should be fun.  Personally, I like Reyes as a player better.  The battle may be decided by the eventual role of the back the Titans' decide to keep.  Nash may win if they are looking for a back to be Brown-insurance.  Reyes may win if the Titans' bring in a vet to backup Brown, because he could be a very effective change-of-pace and third down back.  I also like Hall as a player better than Scaife.  He's bigger, healthier, and catches the ball well enough.  Erickson was also an excellent free agent signing.  He is an athletic guard who should, at worst, be a quality backup.  Guidugli may have been the best quarterback not drafted.  He has a good arm, and good intangibles.  He will be a solid backup NFL quarterback.  Look for him to win the third quarterback role with the Titans.  By the way, I had a fourth round grade on all four of these players.  However, the Titans' didn't stop with these four.  They added even more quality free agents.  Marcus Randall will start off at quarterback, but will not be able to beat out Guidugli, and will be moved to wide receiver or safety.  He is a good athlete and could make the team as a versatile backup at all three of those positions.  Jason Anderson is an underrated receiver.  He lacks game breaking ability, but can get open and catch the ball.  He could push Roydell Williams in camp.  So could Earvin Johnson, a player who was expected to develop more at college than he did.  Johnson has skills, it was worth a shot to see if the Titans' can bring out the best in him.

RED NUMBERS BELOW - among best at position   
Long shuttle numbers (where available) in blue, top performers to be determined later

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Jones CB 4.38           38.5" 10'0" 13
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Adam "Pacman" Jones of West Virginia, is very solidly constructed checks in at only about 5-feet-10, now figures to emerge as the top prospect at his position (CB).  Certainly Jones lacks the "length" that teams have been seeking for the past several years. But he possesses incredible quickness, is ultra-aggressive in coverage, and seems thick enough through his upper body to not be overwhelmed by bigger wideouts.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Great speed.  A little shorter than Rolle, but these two will be neck-and-neck all the way up to the draft to see which will be the first off the board.
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Jones CB 5.13 1.84 4.52   7.73 20 29" 8'1" 29

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Roos is a small school prospect who has gained the attention of scouts due to his impressive workouts. This was important for Roos, because it showed that he dominated because of his ability, not the competition. He may take some time, but he will be a very good NFL starter.

Pat Yasinskas of the Charlotte Observer (www.charlotte.com) reports: Eastern Washington's OT Michael Roos has make a positive impression scouts during Senior Bowl week. The 6-foot-6, 312-pound prospect has great size and scouts believe his inexperience is a positive as he has less wear-and-tear on his body.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Rangy Eastern Washington OT Michael Roos showed good feet, but needs to get stronger.
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Roby WR 4.33 1.57 4.00   6.61   36.5" 10'6" 20

JAYBIRD PLAYER WHO WILL HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN MANY DRAFTED HIGHER THAN HIM

Receiver is a position I usually do well in evaluating. I routinely find a player I like more than others, and that player turns out to be a better player than other receivers taken ahead of him in the draft. A couple of examples are Chris Chambers and Kevin Curtis. Lee Evans was a player I liked very early, but his skill was too obvious to ignore and he shot way up the draft board. This year the player I like is Roby. The scouting report on him is that he is a tough guy who can go over the middle and catch the ball in traffic. Add to that his 4.33 in the forty, his 4.00 short shuttle, his 6.61 long shuttle, and his 10'6" broad jump and you have a player that, in time, could develop into a top receiver. If anyone in power out there listens to me at all, listen here and grab Roby.

Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: After his forty time at the combine, look for Roby, a quick, reliable receiver, to move up draft boards.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Roby, the cousin of former Dolphin punter Reggie, had a nice catch and run during the Senior Bowl game.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports: Indiana WR Courtney Roby may have pushed himself higher in the receiver rankings based on his Senior Bowl practices. Roby showed plenty of deep speed and the ability to catch the ball in traffic over the middle, though, he did drop some balls early in the week
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Some of the highlights from the North practice (Wednesday)  included two fine catches in traffic over the middle by Indiana WR Courtney Roby. The two catches added something to Roby's resume after he had shown some nice deep speed earlier in the week.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Indiana WR Courtney Roby showed some deep speed but also dropped a sure TD reception at Senior Bowl practice on Tuesday.
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Jones WR 4.40 1.59 4.09   7.03   37" 9'6" 15
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Jones has a nice mix of size and speed.  He has a chance to develop into a good number three wideout, or possibly a two.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Jones was virtually invisible during the Senior Bowl game.
Pat Yasinskas of the Charlotte Observer (www.charlotte.com) reports: Oklahoma's WR Brandon Jones has displayed the most athleticism at his position during Senior Bowl week, likely boosting his draft stock.
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Fuller FS 4.47   3.75   6.50       24
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Fuller played corner and free safety in college.  He projects best as a free safety with the speed to play deep center field, and tremendous quickness to break on the ball and come up with interceptions.  Fuller could be a pleasant surprise for the team that drafts him.
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Stewart OT           28 34" 8'9" 17
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Stewart has good size, is strong, and is a good athlete.  He didn't always play as strong as he appears, however, and while quick, has trouble when not playing in a limited area.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Mississippi State OT David Stewart, who had a solid day yesterday, got caught dropping his head a couple of times and was beaten for pressures.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
OG David Stewart of Mississippi State was solid Monday at Senior Bowl practice.
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Williams WR 4.48   4.29 11.88 7.09 17 38" 9'11"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: While Williams is getting play in some draft expert circles, I believe his upside is somewhat limited.  He is a receiver who is "just below" a top starter in both measureables and on-field talent.  He will make an NFL roster as a backup, however, because he does have the ability to contribute, he just will never be a special player.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Williams was virtually invisible during the Senior Bowl game.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Williams played okay at the Gridiron Classic game, getting open deep on one occasion (bad throw), and making a nice grab on another occasion.
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Nash RB 4.54   4.25 11.57 6.91 19 30" 9'4"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Nash has a chance to be a useful backup in the NFL. 
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Loper OT 5.26 1.79 4.69 11.57 7.76 19 32" 8'10" 30
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Already a good pass blocker, Loper has the athletic ability to improve as a run blocker.  A bit of a sleeper, Loper could be good value early in day two.
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Scaife TE 4.79 1.66 4.14   7.21 24 32.5" 9'6" 18
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Scaife is coming off a college career marred by knee injuries.  He has good hands, and prior to his injuries he was a solid prospect.  He may make it, but after four years of knee injuries he is a medical risk.
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Hill CB 4.36   3.96       36" 10'2"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Hill is a good man-to-man cover guy, but he takes too many chances.  He is a good tackler, but is  not patient enough to excel in zone coverage.  He should be a good special teams player.
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Reyes RB 4.49 1.70 4.25   7.24 16 32" 9'1" 11
NFLFans.com reports: He is one of the fastest guys in the draft. Can make people miss, has put up good numbers every year. Has not completed his game, needs to become a better blocker and receiver, didn't have a huge senior year
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
This is a player I would draft if I was looking for a difference-maker who I could give the ball to 10 to 12 times a game. Has big-play ability but may not grow into an every down back..
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Hall TE                  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Hall is a player who will fall through the cracks of this draft.  However, he has the potential to be a good NFL tight end.  Hall has good size, and can catch the ball.
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Erickson OG 4.83   4.64   7.43 26 36" 7'11"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Erickson is an athletic guard, who will surprise in the NFL.  He will be a solid backup and could, in time, develop into a good starter.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports:
In addition to solid workout numbers, Erickson was an eye opener in the positional drills.
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Guidugli QB 5.00   4.43   7.41   29" 8'7" 30
Allen Trieu of NFLDraftShowcase.com reports: Guidugli has a ton of talent. He's going to need a great deal of time and coaching before he's ready to contribute but he has the physical skills and mental toughness to be an NFL starter. He'll likely go later in the draft, but a team who has the means to wait for him to develop may get a surprise down the line. 5th-7th Round.
NFLFans.com reports:
Very good arm, can make any throw needed. Put up great numbers senior year, tough leader who gives it all he has on the field. Lots of game experience.
Cons: Can force throws at times, somewhat inconsistent in his decision-making. Mechanics need a little work, but are correctable.

Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Guidugli is a good mid-level prospect.  He, most likely, won't be a star, but could be an effective NFL quarterback.
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Randall QB/FS 4.59   4.05   6.72   37" 9'3" 19
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: Randall is an interesting case. He's probably one of the best athletes of the draft, but he's not being looked at as a quarterback even though he was the MVP of the Tigers' bowl game this year. He stood in at 6-1 5/8 and weighed 229 pounds. He ran 4.59 and 4.60 in the 40, had a 36-inch vertical, a 9-foot-3 long jump, a 4.21 short shuttle, a 6.92 in the three-cone drill and 14 strength reps.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Randall is a good athlete.  He can run.  He is said to be very smart, and reportedly runs a 4.5 forty (I'll wait until workouts to be sure).  He played okay at the Hula Bowl and looks like he could be moved to another position if he doesn't make it at quarterback.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: During the Gridiron Classic game, Randall had some nice runs.  His throwing was just okay, and a position change could be in order.
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Anderson WR                  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Anderson got open and made some catches at the Gridiron Classic game.  He is a possession receiver who can help move the chains, but lacks speed.
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Johnson WR                  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: At one time Johnson was projected to be a top college player.  He didn't develop as most thought, but he is worth a shot as a free agent.

2005 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO FREE AGENCY AND THE DRAFT

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET reports: 
major need         need position         possible need, depth needed    no real need
Key UFA: Smith RB, Mathews OT, Dyson CB, McGarrahan S, Andeson K
Key RFA: Thompson S (2nd), Hartwig C (5th), Hall (7th), Calmus LB (3rd), Kassell LB
NOTE - RFA COMPENSATION AT MINIMUM TENDER

QB: With or without McNair coming back, the Titans are okay at quarterback.  Volek is a good player.  If McNair does not come back, a back is needed. 
RB: Brown had a great 2004.  However, Smith is an UFA, and Holcombe could be gone in a cap move.  A reliable backup is needed.  The Titans could sign one, and draft a back late in the draft.  The draft is deep at running back and a good one or two could significantly drop.  Fleming, however, isn't a bad option when he isn't playing fullback.
WR: Bennett had a breakout year.  There is talk that Mason will not be brought back in a cap move.  That would be a loss.  However, Calico has to be given his shot sometime.  If mason is cut, depth will be badly needed.
TE:
Troupe had a nice rookie year.  Kinney is still effective and Meier came through when called upon.
OL: Between free agents and cap casualties, the Titans' line may have to be rebuilt practically from scratch.
DL:
The Titans have some very good young players both at end and at tackle.  I like the potential of Odom, LaBoy, Starks and Long.  They also have Haynesworth.  Hall will need to be tendered high to be kept.  After the purge they should have the money to do so.
LB: Bulluck is a stud.  Sirmon is steady when healthy.  The other Titans (Agamemnon, Dante, et all for Dune fans) are average.  Talent at linebacker could be added, but will be a low priority after the purge.
DB: Rolle could be a cap casualty.  Dyson is an UFA.  Woolfolk, Waddell and Gardner will be the new young guns in town.  The Titans' should bring in an experienced corner to help.  Tank Williams is a good strong safety.  Schulter is slipping, Thompson beat him out and is a better option, however, he is an UFA.  Now that he has a starting job, look for him to resign with the team.
ST: Nedney is another player who will be gone, so the Titans will need a kicker.  Hentrick is a very good punter, however, the Titans will be shouting, "calling all kick returners" in the offseason.

 

2004 COLLEGE DRAFT

Tennessee
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
2 40 Troupe, Ben TE 6-4 262 Florida
2 42 LaBoy, Travis DE 6-3 253 Hawaii
2 57 Odom, Antwan DE 6-4 277 Alabama
3 71 Starks, Randy DT 6-3 307 Maryland
3 92 Gardner, Rich CB 5-10 199 Penn State
4 103 Schobel, Bo DE 6-5 264 Texas Christian
4 124 Waddell, Michael CB 5-10 187 North Carolina
5 138 Bell, Jacob G 6-4 306 Miami (Ohio)
5 165 Reynolds, Robert OLB 6-3 242 Ohio State
6 191 Fleming, Troy FB 6-0 230 Tennessee
7 230 Clauss, Jared DT 6-4 294 Iowa
7 239 Amano, Eugene C 6-2 317 Southeast Missouri State
7 241 McHugh, Sean FB 6-5 264 Penn State

 

The Titans get an "A" without a pick in the first round.  That's tough to do, but the Titans accomplished it by getting first round value in rounds two AND three.  Troupe was a solid pick in round two.  I had a second round grade on him so he went where I expected him too.  Many other "experts" had Troupe rated as a first rounder.  Troupe will be the Titans go-to tight end in the passing game.  He can get downfield in the seams and catches the ball very well.  He does need work on his blocking.  Laboy may have had the best combination of speed and strength of all defensive ends available in the draft.  He should help the Titans with their pass rush this year.  Antwan Odom had a first round grade from me.  He has the body to grow into one of those rare defensive ends who can rush the passer and be a monster against the run.  A great pick.  I also had a first round grade on defensive tackle Randy Starks.  Starks is quick, athletic and big, and should be part of the rotation at tackle this year.  Long term, a line of LaBoy- Odom- Haynesworth- Starks could be dominate.  Gardner went a little higher than I had him graded, mainly because he is better suited as a nickel corner than as a full-time starter.  However, he should be a very good nickel.  Schobel is yet another quality defensive end who should make the roster and be a contributor down-the-line.  Schobel is an ideal third end, one who hustles, plays hard and has skill.  Waddell could also be a valuable role player.  He is fast, so can match up against the quick slot receivers, and can be a good special teams player.  Bell is a development-type who could be kept on of all things, the Titan's developmental squad.  Reynolds will be tried in the middle and may have a hard time sticking.  Fleming could be the steal of the Titan's draft.  A fullback with halfback skills, Fleming was one of the better athletes among all running backs!  Fleming could be the power back in the Titans' future, the player that eventually replaces Eddie George.  Clauss has good speed for a defensive tackle and could develop into a solid backup and rotation player.  Amano is another candidate for the Titans' development squad.  McHugh is a good blocker who will get a look at H-back.  While the Titans' draft was impressive enough, they didn't stop there.  They signed some very good college street free agents.  Robert Kent will challenge Jason Gesser for the number three quarterback slot; Jarrett Payton (Walter's son) and Vic King are both running backs that could be effective reserves in the league; wide receiver Rich Musinski had a productive college career and could be one of the surprises in camp; Aaron McConnell is a strong man who will get the attention of the coaches; cornerback Jonas Rutledge will get a look as a kick returner; and Justin Sandy is strong, has good ball skills and could be a very good special teams player.

PLAYER/ TEAM NEWS PRIOR TO DRAFT

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Troupe 6-4 3/8, 262 4.68 - 4.30 - 7.10 17 38½" 10-4
Troupe
Florida

#3 ranked TE by Jaybird

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: Troupe was impressive in his positional workout drills during pro day.
Vic Ketchman of  jaguars.com reports: Florida's Ben Troupe, 6-4, 265, is a cut beneath Winslow but Troupe is an excellent pass-catching tight end. He has natural hands and is a good athlete. He got a rap for being a bad blocker, but that may be the result of not having been used much as a blocker, which caused him to get lazy at it. Troupe appears to be a second-rounder.
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LaBoy DE 6-3½, 258 4.66 1.60 4.07 7.01 35 34½" 10-6
LaBoy
Hawaii

#8 ranked DE by Jaybird

NFLFans.com reports: If DE LaBoy can not add the lower body strength and mass needed (I see no reason he can not do this) he would be ideal to use as a OLB in that his current measurables would allow him to excel at that position (he would have to improve coverage skills).
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: LaBoy just did D-line drills and LB drills at his pro day.
Mel Kiper of ESPN.com reports: As the draft day countdown approaches three weeks,  Kiper has identified LaBoy as a fast riser.
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Odom DE 6.05.6, 274 4.71 1.66 4.44 7.30 21 37" 9-6
Odom
Alabama

#3 ranked DE by Jaybird

Pete Fiutak / CollegeFootballNews.com posted at foxsports.com reports: Projected: 2nd to early 4th round. Good or bad move to come out early? Odom is a 275-pound pass rusher with room to get bigger. He needs to come through huge in workouts.
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting reports: No question that he will be a DE and more than likely a RDE in the league. He is a very impressive pass rusher. He has the frame to add some weight, but it's highly unlikely he is a DT in any scheme.
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Starks DT 6-3 1/8, 313 5.15 - 4.64 7.39 27 33" 9-4
Starks
Maryland

#3 ranked DT by Jaybird

Pat Kirwan of NFL.com reports: Maryland has had a few good defensive tackles in the past few years, and it looks like Randy Starks is the next in line. He measured in at 6-3, 315 pounds and ran a 5.03. He is heading toward the top of the class and as one personnel man said, "He has rare athletic ability and quickness to be disruptive. He has defensive line coaches excited."
Starks () ran twice for 5.15 and 5.18. He added a 33-inch vertical, a 9-4 long jump, a 4.64 in the short shuttle and a 7.39 in the three-cone drill.
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Gardner CB 5-10 5/8, 191 4.46 - - - 12 36½" -
Gardner
Penn State

#18 ranked CB by Jaybird

Drew Boylhart of www.thehuddlereport.com reports:  CB Rich Gardner - Penn St - Nickel/dime CB. Showed a good burst. Needs work on techniques. Should be a solid player.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports:  Gardner did not run any of the tests, going with his performance at the combine. He was very good in the position drills.  A rising prospect.
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Schobel DE 6.05.1, 263 4.70 1.58 4.21 6.94 21 32½" 9-1
Schobel
TCU

#11 ranked DE by Jaybird

NFLFans.com reports: Bo is a blue-collar worker with a tremendous work ethic and plays with a violent mean streak, an animal who will give you everything he has and hurt you. His skills will only improve because of his attitude and desire to excel.
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Waddell CB 5.10.8, 190 4.34 - - - 15 38" -
Waddell
North Carolina

Jaybird: below 4th round

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: Corner Michael Waddell of North Carolina ran a 4.34 in the 40 at the Combine.
NFLFans.com reports: Had a great 2001 sophomore season at UNC but then dwindled as did the Tarheels defense.  He seems to play uninspired at times.
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Bell G 6.04.6, 302 5.06 - - - 26 - -
Bell
Miami-Ohio

Jaybird: below 4th round

Drew Boylhart of www.thehuddlereport.com reports: OT- Jacob Bell - Miami-Ohio - He has good techniques, run and pass. I think he has a chance to start at the next level in a couple of years.
InsideTheLeague.com reports: Miami (Ohio) OG Jacob Bell suffered a right hamstring injury during his second 40-yard dash; this coming after running an impressive 5.06 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. He also did 26 reps in bench press drills earlier in the week.
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Reynolds O 6.03.1, 251 4.76 - - - 18 - -
Reynolds
Ohio State

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: In a game against Wisconsin Reynolds was found to be choking Wisconsin QB Jim Sorgi (throat) in a pile-up and was eventually suspended for a game as a disciplinary measure. He will have to answer character issues with the scouts in interviews at the combine because of this.
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Fleming 5-11¾, 227 4.47 1.65 2.75 3.91 6.96 24 34" 10-6
Fleming
Tennessee

#1 ranked FB by Jaybird
#12 ranked RB by Jaybird

Nolan Nawrocki of ProFootballWeekly.com reports: As the nation’s No. 2 all-time national high school rushing leader with 9,487 yards, Fleming said he strongly considered transferring in the spring of 2000 when the coaching staff asked him to move to fullback. Because of his father’s insistence that he not take the easy way out and give up on Tennessee, he stuck it out at fullback and left the running to Jamal Lewis, Travis Henry and Cedric Houston. But Fleming, who says he has been clocked at 4.37 in the 40 on what is a fast track at Tennessee, opened some eyes at the Gridiron Classic when he took more carries (19) than he had all year at Tennessee after being moved back to his more natural, desired position in a two-point stance. If he gets out of the blocks quickly, after spending time working on his start, and can duplicate that time, he could follow an ascent similar to that of his favorite NFL runner — other than friends Lewis and Henry — Priest Holmes. Holmes similarly fell victim to playing in a crowded college backfield, backing up Ricky Williams at Texas, before emerging as the NFL’s pre-eminent all-purpose back.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: The two players that made the biggest impression were fullback Troy Fleming of Tennessee and offensive tackle Adrian Jones of Kansas. Fleming and Jones really surprised me with their size and speed. The one thing about surprises is that these are players that weren't originally thought of as first-day draft picks, but they elevated their potential position with the workouts.
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting reports: Tennessee FB/RB Troy Fleming was 6000, 230 and ran 4.59 and 4.60.
GBNReport.com reports: FB isn't normally a prime draft day position, but Tennessee's Troy Fleming has had a strong off-season; while undersized for a traditional blocking FB - he's only 6-0, 230 - Fleming has shown enough speed and quickness to be considered as a potential feature back down the road.
Vic Ketchman, of jaguars.com reports: Tennessee's Troy Fleming, 6-0, 230, can run and catch, but he must improve his blocking. He has yet to embrace the fullback role. Expect him to go in the third round.
Mark Morse of Patfans.com reports: Fleming could be the best back taken in the draft. He was used as a FB at Tennessee but could end up as the featured or 1 back. He catches the ball, picks up the blitz and is elusive enough to be that everydown back.
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Clauss DT 6-4, 294 4.95 - 4.22 7.08 23 31½" 9-0
Clauss
Iowa

Jaybird: below 4th round

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: DT Clauss saw his weight drop 10 pounds from the combine, something scouts liked.
NFLFans.com reports: Clauss has the size scouts cherish and even though he is a bit raw has the intangibles that will lead him to succeed in the NFL as a reliable backup and depth for the DL. He had a few problems with injuries in his senior year that will have to be addressed. His production suffered as a senior as a result. 
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Amano C 6-2, 314 - - - - - - -
Amano
SE Miss State

Jaybird: below 4th round

Sportsillustrated.cnn.com reports: Amano displayed both progress and dominance in college. He must improve his flexibility, footwork and skills in pass protection but looks like a solid practice-squad prospect for the next level.
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McHugh 6.05.2, 262 4.76 - - 4.20 6.83 19 28½" -
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Penn State

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: Sean McHugh is a good prospect who may project best to an H-back role at the next level. McHugh developed into a fine lead blocker as a junior, even though he lacks the ideal body type for the position. He is also very intelligent and rarely misses an assignment. However, he is not a top athlete and won’t scare the opposition when he has the ball in his hands. Once he reaches the next level, McHugh could very well be used as a tight end or an H-back. 
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Kent 6-4¼, 222 4.86 - - - -
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Jackson State

Jaybird: below 4th round

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: Robert Kent (Jackson State) has taken advantage of helping out on drills (at Combine) and showing scouts what he can do.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: 
Robert Kent threw the ball well at the Combine, and has NFL-type physical stature.
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King 5.10.2, 213 4.70 - - 4.13 7.29 - 31½" 9-7
King
McNeese St

Jaybird: below 4th round

KFFL.com reports: McNeese State RB Vick King capped off a strong week at the Blue Gray all-star game with an impressive performance that grabbed the attention of NFL scouts. King, who was rarely utilized as a receiver out of the backfield at McNeese State, displayed his receiving skills with multiple receptions during the game, along with tough running between the tackles.
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Payton 6.00.1, 220 4.58 - - - - - 31" 9-7

Payton
Miami

Jaybird: below 4th round

Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Although not a starter until the 2003 season, Payton is drawing some interest from scouts, likely as a choice in the latter middle rounds or the late rounds. Payton isn't blessed with the kind of skills his father possessed, but certainly shares his work ethic, and consistently used the term "privilege" to express his feelings about playing in the league.
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Musinski 6-0, 200 4.48 - 4.40 11.56 7.33 - 39" 10-0
Musinski
William & Mary

Jaybird: below 4th round

Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Musinski had a very productive college career, averaging about 60 catches a year.  In fact, in 2001he averaged almost 24 yards a catch on 59 catches (12 for touchdowns).  He is worth a look as a priority free agent on the next level.
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McConnell DT 6.01.7, 295 4.99 - 4.63 7.21 37 29" 9-1
McConnell
Pittsburgh State

Jaybird: below 4th round

Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: McConnell is a DT who showed good strength during his pro day workout.
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Rutlrdge CB 5-10 1/8, 186 4.50 4.14 - 6.82 - 37½" 9-7
Rutledge
SMU

Jaybird: below 4th round

CowboysPlus.com reports: Jonas Rutledge is not big and not fast by NFL standards, but he started four years at cornerback for SMU and also returned 88 kickoffs an average of 24.5 yards. He took back one of those kickoffs 92 yards for a touchdown against Hawaii in 2001, and averaged a career-best 27.0 yards per return in 2003. He's worth a late-round look on special teams.
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Sandy SS 6-0, 215 4.52 4.51 12.45 7.75 20 33½" 9-1
Sandy
Northern Iowa

Jaybird: below 4th round

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports:  Sandy, a free safety,  looked to have had very good ball skills in the workouts.

 

2003 COLLEGE DRAFT

Tennessee
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 28 Woolfolk, Andre CB 6-1 197 Oklahoma
2 60 Calico, Tyrone WR 6-4 223 Middle Tennessee State
3 93 Brown, Chris RB 6-3 220 Colorado
4 126 Long, Rien DT 6-6 302 Washington State
5 154 Nickey, Donnie FS 6-2 220 Ohio State
7 225 Williams, Todd G 6-5 340 Florida State

B+

2003 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

Woolfolk has potential to be a good corner, but it is no sure thing.  Calico has a rare mix of size and speed and shows good hands.  In time he could be a star.  Brown will fit in as George's backup and eventual successor.  Long was worth the risk in round four.  I predict that he will be a good NFL player, and help the Titans this year.  Nickey has a chance to start at free safety.  That alone makes him good value in round five.  Williams is a very large man with a very big upside.  Great value for a seventh round pick.  The Titans also added an intriguing prospect as an undrafted free agent in running back Dwone Hicks.  Quarterback Jason Gesser was also signed.  He has the look of one of those journey-man backup QBs who can fill in for the occasion game because they won't hurt you.
Woolfolk AllProScouting.com reports in pre-combine workouts, Andre Woolfolk is running consistent 4.4's.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports,  Observations from one AFC general manager:  "Once again, and I know I say this every year to you, there aren't enough of the big, physical cornerbacks to go around. Big receivers? You betcha. Big corners to cover them? Nope. One of the few guys with some size, the (Andre) Woolfolk kid from Oklahoma, is going to slide. He's making the move from wide receiver, hasn't played enough corner, was terrible in some of the post-season stuff, and doesn't have functional strength. He did just 10 'reps' on the bench press and they felt sorry for him and gave him the last one, just to get him to double digits. I don't see it happening for him."
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports CB Andre Woolfolk (Oklahoma) hurt his draft status at the combine.  Former wide receiver who made decent transition to cornerback for Sooners, but still needs plenty of work at the position. He has enough size, but his techniques are shoddy and he lacks functional strength. You don't have to be Charles Atlas to play corner, but he did just 10 "reps" in the bench press.
AllProScouting.com reports CB Andre Woolfolk ran a 4.46 at the combine.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports Oklahoma CB Andre Woolfolk did look good at the recent NFL Combine. Woolfolk was one of the several cornerback prospects who lit up the RCA Dome track, posting a 4.46 time in the 40. He also did a 35½-inch vertical jump, a 10-feet, 8-inch long jump and looked fluid in most of the position drills.
Calico Gil Brandt reports for NFL.com Middle Tennessee State WR Tyrone Calico looked good at the NFL Combine Sunday. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, despite being 6-foot-3 and 223 pounds.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports:  Depending upon whose watch you trust, wide receiver Tyrone Calico of Middle Tennessee State clocked between 4.39-4.41 in the 40 during Sunday's workout, and may have boosted his stock considerably. Everyone is looking for the bigger wide receiver but, after Charles Rogers (Michigan State) and Andre Johnson (Miami), there aren't many wideouts with the raw size, speed and receiving skills of Calico. The late Joel Buchsbaum called him "a poor man's Terrell Owens." But one scout noted on Sunday that, "(Owens) couldn't run with this guy." There are some concerns Calico does not play up to his stopwatch speed, and the former basketball small forward isn't the most natural route-runner, but it is hard to ignore his explosive nature. Calico seems to be able to naturally separate from a cornerback, is aggressive enough going after the ball, and can run away from people after the catch. He's starting to answer some of the doubters.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: WR Tyrone Calico (Middle Tennessee State) helped his draft status at the combine.  He has gGreat size and linear speed, and he really lit it up in the 40, with a few scouts clocking him at just under 4.4. Caught the ball adequately, but he will really have to work on his hands and, even more important, on route technique. He's very raw but it's too hard to ignore his deep speed potential.
Draft2003.com reports, Tyrone Calico, Middle Tennessee State -- Ran 4.33 in the 40... at 6-foot-4, 223 pounds... great size/speed prospect... needs work on his hands/routes... but it is hard to turn away from those numbers... just look what Jerry Porter (Raiders) has done with similar physical tools...
C Brown WORKOUT NUMBERS  Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, Chris Brown, who weighed 217 pounds, benched 18 times. He had a 39½-inch vertical jump and a 10-5 broad jump. He ran his 40s in 4.52 and 4.55, and the short shuttle in 4.35. (Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com had 4.47 and 4.51 forty).
Long AllProScouting.com reports in pre-combine workouts, Washington State DT Rien Long ran a 5.4 forty and is showing little to no athletic ability and struggles laterally.
Gil Brandt, for NFL.com, reports if the "eyeball test" moves a player up in the draft, then DT Rien Long of Washington State would benefit -- he measured 6-6 1/8, 302 pounds at the combine.
AllProScouting.com reports Rien Long - Washington State had a disappointing workout.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports,  Observations from one veteran NFC scout: "I saw what (ESPN.com) had (Friday) about Washington State defensive tackle Rien Long. Hey, I'm sure there are teams who really like him and the potential he brings. But, to us, he really looked bad (on Saturday). Really stiff-looking, disappointing, maybe like he was awed by the whole deal. I know we didn't have him rated a first-rounder coming here and we sure as heck won't when we get back home and re-do our board."
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports,  Observations from one AFC college scouting director: "One of the really intriguing guys for our team is (defensive tackle) Rien Long (from Washington State). I know a lot of teams are really mixed on him because they feel he's a little bit stiff. But you have to remember this: He hasn't had much exposure to the game. This isn't a kid who has been playing football his entire life, you know, so you have to project a bit on what you might be getting. He's huge (6-feet-6 1/8 and 302 pounds) and he uses his hands pretty well. You look at that long torso and figure that, when he matures and gets into an NFL (weightlifting) program, he's going to be able to hold more weight. He's young and he had 13 sacks last year. There is a lot of (crap) being tossed around about him. But we like him. We're not listening to the (critics)."
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Great Blue North (GBNReport.com) reports, the performance of DT Rien Long, 6'6", 303lbs are mixed. Sources tell GBN that Long ran a 5.10 in the 40 and had a vertical leap of 29". While these numbers are good for a man his size, they are not spectacular. However in other testing Long ran a 7.09 3-cone drill and had a 9'5" broad jump. When comparing the 3-cone in particular one sees that Long's time is better than almost all other defensive lineman. Indeed it is better than the times for many linebackers. Expect to see Rien Long heavily scrutinized during personal workouts in the days leading up to the draft.
Nickey WORKOUT NUMBERS Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports,  FS Nickey came to his Pro Day at 6-2¼ and 215 pounds. He ran a 4.51 and 4.54 in the 40. He had a 37-inch vertical, a 9-foot-10 broad jump, and recorded times of 4.15 in the short shuttle and and 6.77 in the three-cone drill. He also did 17 reps.
T Williams Draft2003.com reports, Todd Williams, Florida State -- Ran 5.22 in the 40... at 6-foot-5, 340 pounds... had 32" vertical... and ran his drills very well for a lineman of his size... played right tackle in college... but most love his size/power inside at offensive guard...

 

 2002 COLLEGE DRAFT

GRADE : B+


Fisher should turn Haynesworth into one of the more dominate defensive players in the league.  Loved their pick in round two.  Tank Williams will be another Bishop in the Titan's defense.  He will pair with Schulters to form an intimidating pair of safeties.  Calmus is a football player.  Period.  He will find a way to contribute.  Echols has skills and could contribute as a nickel corner immediately.  Beckham could be one of the steals of this draft when analyzed down the road.  A CB with size, speed (4.33 forty in private workouts) and ability.  However, he will need time to adjust since he played for a small school.  OLB Boiman is a better football player than workout warrior.  WRs Schifino and Hill have size and speed and could develop.


Links below take you to NFL.com's report on player, position or college team.

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 15 Haynesworth, Albert DT 6-6 320 Tennessee
2 45 Williams, Clevan 'Tank' FS 6-2 223 Stanford
3 77 Calmus, Rocky OLB 6-3 243 Oklahoma
4 110 Echols, Mike CB 5-9 190 Wisconsin
4 115 Beckham, Tony CB 6-1 195 Wisconsin-Stout
4 133 Boiman, Rocky OLB 6-4 242 Notre Dame
5 151 Schifino, Jake WR 6-1 200 Akron
6 187 Hartwig, Justin G 6-4 300 Kansas State
7 225 Hill, Darrell WR 6-2 197 Northern Illinois
7 240 Hall, Carlos DE 6-4 259 Arkansas

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2005 COLLEGE DRAFT

Tennessee  - links below go to NFL.com reports Jaybird Jaybird
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Ranking Value Board
1 6 Jones, Adam 'Pacman' CB 5-11 187 West Virginia # 2 CB Round 1
2 41 Roos, Michael OT 6-7 320 Eastern Washington # 5 OT Round 3
3 68 Roby, Courtney WR 6-0 189 Indiana # 8 WR Round 2
3 96 Jones, Brandon WR 6-1 208 Oklahoma # 22 WR Round 4
4 108 Fuller, Vincent FS 6-1 189 Virginia Tech # 7 FS Round 4
4 113 Stewart, David OT 6-7 323 Mississippi State # 18 OT Round 4
4 136 Williams, Roydell WR 6-0 192 Tulane # 28 WR Round 4
5 142 Nash, Damien RB 5-10 218 Missouri Late Round Value > Round 4
5 150 Loper, Daniel OT 6-6 306 Texas Tech # 15 OT Round 4
6 179 Scaife, Bo TE 6-3 249 Texas   > Round 4
7 218 Hill, Reynaldo CB 5-11 187 Florida   > Round 4
FA   Reyes, Walter RB 5-9 210 Syracuse # 15 RB Round 4
FA   Hall, Ben TE 6-5 260 Clemson # 7 TE Round 4
FA   Erickson, Mike OG 6-4 304 Nebraska # 12 OG Round 4
FA   Guidugli, Gino QB 6-3 210 Cincinnati # 8 QB Round 4
FA   Randall, Marcus QB 6-0 223 Virginia Late Round Value > Round 4
FA   Anderson, Jason WR 6-2 182 Wake Forest Late Round Value > Round 4
FA   Johnson, Earvin WR 6-3 200 UNLV Late Round Value > Round 4

 

The Titans did a very good job of drafting for both value and need.  They had no reaches, and got excellent value with Roby and Loper.

The Titans had an excellent draft.  Jones is a playmaker at both corner and as a returner.  He should start right away and develop into a good corner.  Roos is a very interesting prospect.  The Titans have an immediate need at right tackle.  While Roos could start from day one, he is making a big jump from Eastern Washington to the NFL, so he will have growing pains.  Roos will be a very good player in time, so if he starts, Titan fans need to hang in there with him.  I love Roby as a player.  He had the rep as being a tough guy who was not afraid to go over the middle and make the big catch.  Then he proved to be one of the fastest, quickest receivers in the draft.  And, oh yeah, he also should very good athleticism.  Roby will develop into a top NFL receiver.  Even though Roby is faster than Jones, Jones has the label of a speed receiver.  That had more to do with how they were used in college, rather than how they project to the NFL.  While Jones may start out on an even keel with Roby, Roby will blow by him soon enough.  Jones, however, will be a solid number three or four receiver.  Fuller is another very fast, very quick player.  He is ideally suited to play free safety.  It wouldn't surprise me if he passes Thompson by the start of camp next year.  This year he will compete for time in the nickel and play on special teams.  Stewart is a strong, athletic tackle who will probably peak as a quality backup.  Williams is the third young receiver added by the Titans.  Again he will start off even with Roby and Jones, but within a couple years he will be competing with Jones for playing time in multiple receiver sets, not with Roby who will press Calico to become a starter.  Williams is more of a possession receiver than Jones, so he offers a different skill set.  Nash is limited athletically, and is not overly fast.  However, he is quick, and is strong for his size.  He could stick as a backup runner, but it wouldn't surprise me if the Titans' find better options.  I like Loper better than Stewart, but it's close.  Loper is already a polished pass blocker.  If he can improve his run blocking he could be a fifth round steal.  Scaife was a promising tight end, then labored though four years of knee problems.  He has some potential, but is a risk because of his past injuries.  Hill is a good man-to-man cover guy, but lacks discipline.  He is a good tackler and will be a solid special teams cover -guy.

The Titans' followed up a terrific draft with one of the better college street free agent signing periods.  The Walter Reyes/Nash battle in camp should be fun.  Personally, I like Reyes as a player better.  The battle may be decided by the eventual role of the back the Titans' decide to keep.  Nash may win if they are looking for a back to be Brown-insurance.  Reyes may win if the Titans' bring in a vet to backup Brown, because he could be a very effective change-of-pace and third down back.  I also like Hall as a player better than Scaife.  He's bigger, healthier, and catches the ball well enough.  Erickson was also an excellent free agent signing.  He is an athletic guard who should, at worst, be a quality backup.  Guidugli may have been the best quarterback not drafted.  He has a good arm, and good intangibles.  He will be a solid backup NFL quarterback.  Look for him to win the third quarterback role with the Titans.  By the way, I had a fourth round grade on all four of these players.  However, the Titans' didn't stop with these four.  They added even more quality free agents.  Marcus Randall will start off at quarterback, but will not be able to beat out Guidugli, and will be moved to wide receiver or safety.  He is a good athlete and could make the team as a versatile backup at all three of those positions.  Jason Anderson is an underrated receiver.  He lacks game breaking ability, but can get open and catch the ball.  He could push Roydell Williams in camp.  So could Earvin Johnson, a player who was expected to develop more at college than he did.  Johnson has skills, it was worth a shot to see if the Titans' can bring out the best in him.

RED NUMBERS BELOW - among best at position   
Long shuttle numbers (where available) in blue, top performers to be determined later

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Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Adam "Pacman" Jones of West Virginia, is very solidly constructed checks in at only about 5-feet-10, now figures to emerge as the top prospect at his position (CB).  Certainly Jones lacks the "length" that teams have been seeking for the past several years. But he possesses incredible quickness, is ultra-aggressive in coverage, and seems thick enough through his upper body to not be overwhelmed by bigger wideouts.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Great speed.  A little shorter than Rolle, but these two will be neck-and-neck all the way up to the draft to see which will be the first off the board.
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JAYBIRD PLAYER WHO WILL HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN MANY DRAFTED HIGHER THAN HIM

Roos is a small school prospect who has gained the attention of scouts due to his impressive workouts. This was important for Roos, because it showed that he dominated because of his ability, not the competition. He may take some time, but he will be a very good NFL starter.

Pat Yasinskas of the Charlotte Observer (www.charlotte.com) reports: Eastern Washington's OT Michael Roos has make a positive impression scouts during Senior Bowl week. The 6-foot-6, 312-pound prospect has great size and scouts believe his inexperience is a positive as he has less wear-and-tear on his body.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Rangy Eastern Washington OT Michael Roos showed good feet, but needs to get stronger.
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JAYBIRD PLAYER WHO WILL HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN MANY DRAFTED HIGHER THAN HIM

Receiver is a position I usually do well in evaluating. I routinely find a player I like more than others, and that player turns out to be a better player than other receivers taken ahead of him in the draft. A couple of examples are Chris Chambers and Kevin Curtis. Lee Evans was a player I liked very early, but his skill was too obvious to ignore and he shot way up the draft board. This year the player I like is Roby. The scouting report on him is that he is a tough guy who can go over the middle and catch the ball in traffic. Add to that his 4.33 in the forty, his 4.00 short shuttle, his 6.61 long shuttle, and his 10'6" broad jump and you have a player that, in time, could develop into a top receiver. If anyone in power out there listens to me at all, listen here and grab Roby.

Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: After his forty time at the combine, look for Roby, a quick, reliable receiver, to move up draft boards.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Roby, the cousin of former Dolphin punter Reggie, had a nice catch and run during the Senior Bowl game.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports: Indiana WR Courtney Roby may have pushed himself higher in the receiver rankings based on his Senior Bowl practices. Roby showed plenty of deep speed and the ability to catch the ball in traffic over the middle, though, he did drop some balls early in the week
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Some of the highlights from the North practice (Wednesday)  included two fine catches in traffic over the middle by Indiana WR Courtney Roby. The two catches added something to Roby's resume after he had shown some nice deep speed earlier in the week.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Indiana WR Courtney Roby showed some deep speed but also dropped a sure TD reception at Senior Bowl practice on Tuesday.
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Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Jones has a nice mix of size and speed.  He has a chance to develop into a good number three wideout, or possibly a two.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Jones was virtually invisible during the Senior Bowl game.
Pat Yasinskas of the Charlotte Observer (www.charlotte.com) reports: Oklahoma's WR Brandon Jones has displayed the most athleticism at his position during Senior Bowl week, likely boosting his draft stock.
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Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Fuller played corner and free safety in college.  He projects best as a free safety with the speed to play deep center field, and tremendous quickness to break on the ball and come up with interceptions.  Fuller could be a pleasant surprise for the team that drafts him.
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Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Stewart has good size, is strong, and is a good athlete.  He didn't always play as strong as he appears, however, and while quick, has trouble when not playing in a limited area.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Mississippi State OT David Stewart, who had a solid day yesterday, got caught dropping his head a couple of times and was beaten for pressures.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
OG David Stewart of Mississippi State was solid Monday at Senior Bowl practice.
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Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: While Williams is getting play in some draft expert circles, I believe his upside is somewhat limited.  He is a receiver who is "just below" a top starter in both measureables and on-field talent.  He will make an NFL roster as a backup, however, because he does have the ability to contribute, he just will never be a special player.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Williams was virtually invisible during the Senior Bowl game.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Williams played okay at the Gridiron Classic game, getting open deep on one occasion (bad throw), and making a nice grab on another occasion.
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Nash RB 4.54   4.25 11.57 6.91 19 30" 9'4"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Nash has a chance to be a useful backup in the NFL. 
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Loper OT 5.26 1.79 4.69 11.57 7.76 19 32" 8'10" 30
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Already a good pass blocker, Loper has the athletic ability to improve as a run blocker.  A bit of a sleeper, Loper could be good value early in day two.
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Scaife TE 4.79 1.66 4.14   7.21 24 32.5" 9'6" 18
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Scaife is coming off a college career marred by knee injuries.  He has good hands, and prior to his injuries he was a solid prospect.  He may make it, but after four years of knee injuries he is a medical risk.
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Hill CB 4.36   3.96       36" 10'2"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Hill is a good man-to-man cover guy, but he takes too many chances.  He is a good tackler, but is  not patient enough to excel in zone coverage.  He should be a good special teams player.
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Reyes RB 4.49 1.70 4.25   7.24 16 32" 9'1" 11
NFLFans.com reports: He is one of the fastest guys in the draft. Can make people miss, has put up good numbers every year. Has not completed his game, needs to become a better blocker and receiver, didn't have a huge senior year
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
This is a player I would draft if I was looking for a difference-maker who I could give the ball to 10 to 12 times a game. Has big-play ability but may not grow into an every down back..
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Hall TE                  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Hall is a player who will fall through the cracks of this draft.  However, he has the potential to be a good NFL tight end.  Hall has good size, and can catch the ball.
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Erickson OG 4.83   4.64   7.43 26 36" 7'11"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Erickson is an athletic guard, who will surprise in the NFL.  He will be a solid backup and could, in time, develop into a good starter.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports:
In addition to solid workout numbers, Erickson was an eye opener in the positional drills.
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Guidugli QB 5.00   4.43   7.41   29" 8'7" 30
Allen Trieu of NFLDraftShowcase.com reports: Guidugli has a ton of talent. He's going to need a great deal of time and coaching before he's ready to contribute but he has the physical skills and mental toughness to be an NFL starter. He'll likely go later in the draft, but a team who has the means to wait for him to develop may get a surprise down the line. 5th-7th Round.
NFLFans.com reports:
Very good arm, can make any throw needed. Put up great numbers senior year, tough leader who gives it all he has on the field. Lots of game experience.
Cons: Can force throws at times, somewhat inconsistent in his decision-making. Mechanics need a little work, but are correctable.

Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Guidugli is a good mid-level prospect.  He, most likely, won't be a star, but could be an effective NFL quarterback.
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Randall QB/FS 4.59   4.05   6.72   37" 9'3" 19
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: Randall is an interesting case. He's probably one of the best athletes of the draft, but he's not being looked at as a quarterback even though he was the MVP of the Tigers' bowl game this year. He stood in at 6-1 5/8 and weighed 229 pounds. He ran 4.59 and 4.60 in the 40, had a 36-inch vertical, a 9-foot-3 long jump, a 4.21 short shuttle, a 6.92 in the three-cone drill and 14 strength reps.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Randall is a good athlete.  He can run.  He is said to be very smart, and reportedly runs a 4.5 forty (I'll wait until workouts to be sure).  He played okay at the Hula Bowl and looks like he could be moved to another position if he doesn't make it at quarterback.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: During the Gridiron Classic game, Randall had some nice runs.  His throwing was just okay, and a position change could be in order.
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Anderson WR                  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Anderson got open and made some catches at the Gridiron Classic game.  He is a possession receiver who can help move the chains, but lacks speed.
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Johnson WR                  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: At one time Johnson was projected to be a top college player.  He didn't develop as most thought, but he is worth a shot as a free agent.

2005 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO FREE AGENCY AND THE DRAFT

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET reports: 
major need         need position         possible need, depth needed    no real need
Key UFA: Smith RB, Mathews OT, Dyson CB, McGarrahan S, Andeson K
Key RFA: Thompson S (2nd), Hartwig C (5th), Hall (7th), Calmus LB (3rd), Kassell LB
NOTE - RFA COMPENSATION AT MINIMUM TENDER

QB: With or without McNair coming back, the Titans are okay at quarterback.  Volek is a good player.  If McNair does not come back, a back is needed. 
RB: Brown had a great 2004.  However, Smith is an UFA, and Holcombe could be gone in a cap move.  A reliable backup is needed.  The Titans could sign one, and draft a back late in the draft.  The draft is deep at running back and a good one or two could significantly drop.  Fleming, however, isn't a bad option when he isn't playing fullback.
WR: Bennett had a breakout year.  There is talk that Mason will not be brought back in a cap move.  That would be a loss.  However, Calico has to be given his shot sometime.  If mason is cut, depth will be badly needed.
TE:
Troupe had a nice rookie year.  Kinney is still effective and Meier came through when called upon.
OL: Between free agents and cap casualties, the Titans' line may have to be rebuilt practically from scratch.
DL:
The Titans have some very good young players both at end and at tackle.  I like the potential of Odom, LaBoy, Starks and Long.  They also have Haynesworth.  Hall will need to be tendered high to be kept.  After the purge they should have the money to do so.
LB: Bulluck is a stud.  Sirmon is steady when healthy.  The other Titans (Agamemnon, Dante, et all for Dune fans) are average.  Talent at linebacker could be added, but will be a low priority after the purge.
DB: Rolle could be a cap casualty.  Dyson is an UFA.  Woolfolk, Waddell and Gardner will be the new young guns in town.  The Titans' should bring in an experienced corner to help.  Tank Williams is a good strong safety.  Schulter is slipping, Thompson beat him out and is a better option, however, he is an UFA.  Now that he has a starting job, look for him to resign with the team.
ST: Nedney is another player who will be gone, so the Titans will need a kicker.  Hentrick is a very good punter, however, the Titans will be shouting, "calling all kick returners" in the offseason.

 

2004 COLLEGE DRAFT

Tennessee
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
2 40 Troupe, Ben TE 6-4 262 Florida
2 42 LaBoy, Travis DE 6-3 253 Hawaii
2 57 Odom, Antwan DE 6-4 277 Alabama
3 71 Starks, Randy DT 6-3 307 Maryland
3 92 Gardner, Rich CB 5-10 199 Penn State
4 103 Schobel, Bo DE 6-5 264 Texas Christian
4 124 Waddell, Michael CB 5-10 187 North Carolina
5 138 Bell, Jacob G 6-4 306 Miami (Ohio)
5 165 Reynolds, Robert OLB 6-3 242 Ohio State
6 191 Fleming, Troy FB 6-0 230 Tennessee
7 230 Clauss, Jared DT 6-4 294 Iowa
7 239 Amano, Eugene C 6-2 317 Southeast Missouri State
7 241 McHugh, Sean FB 6-5 264 Penn State

 

The Titans get an "A" without a pick in the first round.  That's tough to do, but the Titans accomplished it by getting first round value in rounds two AND three.  Troupe was a solid pick in round two.  I had a second round grade on him so he went where I expected him too.  Many other "experts" had Troupe rated as a first rounder.  Troupe will be the Titans go-to tight end in the passing game.  He can get downfield in the seams and catches the ball very well.  He does need work on his blocking.  Laboy may have had the best combination of speed and strength of all defensive ends available in the draft.  He should help the Titans with their pass rush this year.  Antwan Odom had a first round grade from me.  He has the body to grow into one of those rare defensive ends who can rush the passer and be a monster against the run.  A great pick.  I also had a first round grade on defensive tackle Randy Starks.  Starks is quick, athletic and big, and should be part of the rotation at tackle this year.  Long term, a line of LaBoy- Odom- Haynesworth- Starks could be dominate.  Gardner went a little higher than I had him graded, mainly because he is better suited as a nickel corner than as a full-time starter.  However, he should be a very good nickel.  Schobel is yet another quality defensive end who should make the roster and be a contributor down-the-line.  Schobel is an ideal third end, one who hustles, plays hard and has skill.  Waddell could also be a valuable role player.  He is fast, so can match up against the quick slot receivers, and can be a good special teams player.  Bell is a development-type who could be kept on of all things, the Titan's developmental squad.  Reynolds will be tried in the middle and may have a hard time sticking.  Fleming could be the steal of the Titan's draft.  A fullback with halfback skills, Fleming was one of the better athletes among all running backs!  Fleming could be the power back in the Titans' future, the player that eventually replaces Eddie George.  Clauss has good speed for a defensive tackle and could develop into a solid backup and rotation player.  Amano is another candidate for the Titans' development squad.  McHugh is a good blocker who will get a look at H-back.  While the Titans' draft was impressive enough, they didn't stop there.  They signed some very good college street free agents.  Robert Kent will challenge Jason Gesser for the number three quarterback slot; Jarrett Payton (Walter's son) and Vic King are both running backs that could be effective reserves in the league; wide receiver Rich Musinski had a productive college career and could be one of the surprises in camp; Aaron McConnell is a strong man who will get the attention of the coaches; cornerback Jonas Rutledge will get a look as a kick returner; and Justin Sandy is strong, has good ball skills and could be a very good special teams player.

PLAYER/ TEAM NEWS PRIOR TO DRAFT

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Troupe 6-4 3/8, 262 4.68 - 4.30 - 7.10 17 38½" 10-4
Troupe
Florida

#3 ranked TE by Jaybird

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: Troupe was impressive in his positional workout drills during pro day.
Vic Ketchman of  jaguars.com reports: Florida's Ben Troupe, 6-4, 265, is a cut beneath Winslow but Troupe is an excellent pass-catching tight end. He has natural hands and is a good athlete. He got a rap for being a bad blocker, but that may be the result of not having been used much as a blocker, which caused him to get lazy at it. Troupe appears to be a second-rounder.
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LaBoy DE 6-3½, 258 4.66 1.60 4.07 7.01 35 34½" 10-6
LaBoy
Hawaii

#8 ranked DE by Jaybird

NFLFans.com reports: If DE LaBoy can not add the lower body strength and mass needed (I see no reason he can not do this) he would be ideal to use as a OLB in that his current measurables would allow him to excel at that position (he would have to improve coverage skills).
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: LaBoy just did D-line drills and LB drills at his pro day.
Mel Kiper of ESPN.com reports: As the draft day countdown approaches three weeks,  Kiper has identified LaBoy as a fast riser.
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Odom DE 6.05.6, 274 4.71 1.66 4.44 7.30 21 37" 9-6
Odom
Alabama

#3 ranked DE by Jaybird

Pete Fiutak / CollegeFootballNews.com posted at foxsports.com reports: Projected: 2nd to early 4th round. Good or bad move to come out early? Odom is a 275-pound pass rusher with room to get bigger. He needs to come through huge in workouts.
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting reports: No question that he will be a DE and more than likely a RDE in the league. He is a very impressive pass rusher. He has the frame to add some weight, but it's highly unlikely he is a DT in any scheme.
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Starks DT 6-3 1/8, 313 5.15 - 4.64 7.39 27 33" 9-4
Starks
Maryland

#3 ranked DT by Jaybird

Pat Kirwan of NFL.com reports: Maryland has had a few good defensive tackles in the past few years, and it looks like Randy Starks is the next in line. He measured in at 6-3, 315 pounds and ran a 5.03. He is heading toward the top of the class and as one personnel man said, "He has rare athletic ability and quickness to be disruptive. He has defensive line coaches excited."
Starks () ran twice for 5.15 and 5.18. He added a 33-inch vertical, a 9-4 long jump, a 4.64 in the short shuttle and a 7.39 in the three-cone drill.
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Gardner CB 5-10 5/8, 191 4.46 - - - 12 36½" -
Gardner
Penn State

#18 ranked CB by Jaybird

Drew Boylhart of www.thehuddlereport.com reports:  CB Rich Gardner - Penn St - Nickel/dime CB. Showed a good burst. Needs work on techniques. Should be a solid player.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports:  Gardner did not run any of the tests, going with his performance at the combine. He was very good in the position drills.  A rising prospect.
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Schobel DE 6.05.1, 263 4.70 1.58 4.21 6.94 21 32½" 9-1
Schobel
TCU

#11 ranked DE by Jaybird

NFLFans.com reports: Bo is a blue-collar worker with a tremendous work ethic and plays with a violent mean streak, an animal who will give you everything he has and hurt you. His skills will only improve because of his attitude and desire to excel.
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Waddell CB 5.10.8, 190 4.34 - - - 15 38" -
Waddell
North Carolina

Jaybird: below 4th round

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: Corner Michael Waddell of North Carolina ran a 4.34 in the 40 at the Combine.
NFLFans.com reports: Had a great 2001 sophomore season at UNC but then dwindled as did the Tarheels defense.  He seems to play uninspired at times.
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Bell G 6.04.6, 302 5.06 - - - 26 - -
Bell
Miami-Ohio

Jaybird: below 4th round

Drew Boylhart of www.thehuddlereport.com reports: OT- Jacob Bell - Miami-Ohio - He has good techniques, run and pass. I think he has a chance to start at the next level in a couple of years.
InsideTheLeague.com reports: Miami (Ohio) OG Jacob Bell suffered a right hamstring injury during his second 40-yard dash; this coming after running an impressive 5.06 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. He also did 26 reps in bench press drills earlier in the week.
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Reynolds O 6.03.1, 251 4.76 - - - 18 - -
Reynolds
Ohio State

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: In a game against Wisconsin Reynolds was found to be choking Wisconsin QB Jim Sorgi (throat) in a pile-up and was eventually suspended for a game as a disciplinary measure. He will have to answer character issues with the scouts in interviews at the combine because of this.
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Fleming 5-11¾, 227 4.47 1.65 2.75 3.91 6.96 24 34" 10-6
Fleming
Tennessee

#1 ranked FB by Jaybird
#12 ranked RB by Jaybird

Nolan Nawrocki of ProFootballWeekly.com reports: As the nation’s No. 2 all-time national high school rushing leader with 9,487 yards, Fleming said he strongly considered transferring in the spring of 2000 when the coaching staff asked him to move to fullback. Because of his father’s insistence that he not take the easy way out and give up on Tennessee, he stuck it out at fullback and left the running to Jamal Lewis, Travis Henry and Cedric Houston. But Fleming, who says he has been clocked at 4.37 in the 40 on what is a fast track at Tennessee, opened some eyes at the Gridiron Classic when he took more carries (19) than he had all year at Tennessee after being moved back to his more natural, desired position in a two-point stance. If he gets out of the blocks quickly, after spending time working on his start, and can duplicate that time, he could follow an ascent similar to that of his favorite NFL runner — other than friends Lewis and Henry — Priest Holmes. Holmes similarly fell victim to playing in a crowded college backfield, backing up Ricky Williams at Texas, before emerging as the NFL’s pre-eminent all-purpose back.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: The two players that made the biggest impression were fullback Troy Fleming of Tennessee and offensive tackle Adrian Jones of Kansas. Fleming and Jones really surprised me with their size and speed. The one thing about surprises is that these are players that weren't originally thought of as first-day draft picks, but they elevated their potential position with the workouts.
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting reports: Tennessee FB/RB Troy Fleming was 6000, 230 and ran 4.59 and 4.60.
GBNReport.com reports: FB isn't normally a prime draft day position, but Tennessee's Troy Fleming has had a strong off-season; while undersized for a traditional blocking FB - he's only 6-0, 230 - Fleming has shown enough speed and quickness to be considered as a potential feature back down the road.
Vic Ketchman, of jaguars.com reports: Tennessee's Troy Fleming, 6-0, 230, can run and catch, but he must improve his blocking. He has yet to embrace the fullback role. Expect him to go in the third round.
Mark Morse of Patfans.com reports: Fleming could be the best back taken in the draft. He was used as a FB at Tennessee but could end up as the featured or 1 back. He catches the ball, picks up the blitz and is elusive enough to be that everydown back.
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Clauss DT 6-4, 294 4.95 - 4.22 7.08 23 31½" 9-0
Clauss
Iowa

Jaybird: below 4th round

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: DT Clauss saw his weight drop 10 pounds from the combine, something scouts liked.
NFLFans.com reports: Clauss has the size scouts cherish and even though he is a bit raw has the intangibles that will lead him to succeed in the NFL as a reliable backup and depth for the DL. He had a few problems with injuries in his senior year that will have to be addressed. His production suffered as a senior as a result. 
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Amano C 6-2, 314 - - - - - - -
Amano
SE Miss State

Jaybird: below 4th round

Sportsillustrated.cnn.com reports: Amano displayed both progress and dominance in college. He must improve his flexibility, footwork and skills in pass protection but looks like a solid practice-squad prospect for the next level.
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McHugh 6.05.2, 262 4.76 - - 4.20 6.83 19 28½" -
McHugh
Penn State

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: Sean McHugh is a good prospect who may project best to an H-back role at the next level. McHugh developed into a fine lead blocker as a junior, even though he lacks the ideal body type for the position. He is also very intelligent and rarely misses an assignment. However, he is not a top athlete and won’t scare the opposition when he has the ball in his hands. Once he reaches the next level, McHugh could very well be used as a tight end or an H-back. 
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Kent 6-4¼, 222 4.86 - - - -
Kent
Jackson State

Jaybird: below 4th round

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: Robert Kent (Jackson State) has taken advantage of helping out on drills (at Combine) and showing scouts what he can do.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: 
Robert Kent threw the ball well at the Combine, and has NFL-type physical stature.
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King 5.10.2, 213 4.70 - - 4.13 7.29 - 31½" 9-7
King
McNeese St

Jaybird: below 4th round

KFFL.com reports: McNeese State RB Vick King capped off a strong week at the Blue Gray all-star game with an impressive performance that grabbed the attention of NFL scouts. King, who was rarely utilized as a receiver out of the backfield at McNeese State, displayed his receiving skills with multiple receptions during the game, along with tough running between the tackles.
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Payton 6.00.1, 220 4.58 - - - - - 31" 9-7

Payton
Miami

Jaybird: below 4th round

Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Although not a starter until the 2003 season, Payton is drawing some interest from scouts, likely as a choice in the latter middle rounds or the late rounds. Payton isn't blessed with the kind of skills his father possessed, but certainly shares his work ethic, and consistently used the term "privilege" to express his feelings about playing in the league.
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Musinski 6-0, 200 4.48 - 4.40 11.56 7.33 - 39" 10-0
Musinski
William & Mary

Jaybird: below 4th round

Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Musinski had a very productive college career, averaging about 60 catches a year.  In fact, in 2001he averaged almost 24 yards a catch on 59 catches (12 for touchdowns).  He is worth a look as a priority free agent on the next level.
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McConnell DT 6.01.7, 295 4.99 - 4.63 7.21 37 29" 9-1
McConnell
Pittsburgh State

Jaybird: below 4th round

Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: McConnell is a DT who showed good strength during his pro day workout.
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Rutlrdge CB 5-10 1/8, 186 4.50 4.14 - 6.82 - 37½" 9-7
Rutledge
SMU

Jaybird: below 4th round

CowboysPlus.com reports: Jonas Rutledge is not big and not fast by NFL standards, but he started four years at cornerback for SMU and also returned 88 kickoffs an average of 24.5 yards. He took back one of those kickoffs 92 yards for a touchdown against Hawaii in 2001, and averaged a career-best 27.0 yards per return in 2003. He's worth a late-round look on special teams.
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