Continuing our team by team review of the NFL it is time to look at one of the seemingly forgotten franchises of the NFL - the Tennessee Titans.
Record : 2-14
4th in AFC South
Round 1 Pick 11 - Taylor Lewan
Round 2 Pick 54 – Bishop Sankey
Round 4 Pick 112 – DaQuan Jones
Round 4 Pick 122 – Marqueston Huff
Round 5 Pick 151 - Avery Williamson
Round 6 Pick 178 – Zach Mettenberger
Draft Review Grade : C
To be fair to the Titans if the 2014 draft class wasn't spectacular it wasn't a dud either. There is much more good than bad.
The best news came with first round pick Taylor Lewan. With the injury to Michael Roos in week 6 Lewan stepped into the crucial left tackle position guarding the quarterback's blind side. For a rookie playing in such a difficult position Lewan has been exceptional. The Titans offense wasn't great but Lewan can't be blamed for this.
As for Mettenberger, the expected injury to Jack Locker, and the need to look to the future handed the confident rookie a chance show his stuff and whilst he didn't transform Tennessee's fortunes the suggestion is that his 1,412 yards are enough to put him in pole position to start in the 2015 season.
After Lewan and Mettenberger things continued to look encouraging. Defensive end DaQuan Jones got enough game time in the final four games to suggest he might have a future role. Whilst safety Marqueston Huff did enough to suggest he can be a starter or at least that the safety position isn't a high concern and fifth round pick Avery Williamson was solid in the inside linebacker position.
After the good to encouraging though we get to the bad. The bad is led by Bishop Sankey who was probably the most overhyped player of the season. Sankey was taken as the top running back in the draft. Given that the Titans' other running back options revolved around Shonn Greene expectations for Sankey were high. He finished the season with just two touchdowns and 569 yards as the Titans coaching staff seemed to have little faith in the rookie.
Overall though the 2014 draft in quietly encouraging for the Titans. At least they seem to have found some decent starters.
Best Player : Delaine Walker
The fact that Delaine Walker gets this nod kind of says it all. Walker had a strong season finishing with 890 yard and four touchdowns off 63 receptions. This was enough to make Walker the Titans' number one receiver in terms of targets and total yards. However, those are hardly the sort of figures that are going to make 2014 a season to remember for Titans fans.
Season Grade : D-
Expectations were low for the Titans and they met thems with aplomb. 2014 was yet another season of treading water.
Hope for the future : MINIMAL
When we looked at Tampa Bay earlier at least we could say that some of the backbone of a successful side was present. It is harder to make that case for the Titans. In the skill positions especially the Titans are lacking. Realistically, on offense they need a QB, a number one wide receiver and a running back. Whilst on defense there aren't any standouts either.
The Titans have the second pick in the draft. Unless they are in love with a player it might be worth seeing what another team is willing to pay for the pleasure of picking second because, the Titans need all the picks they can get.