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2014 NFL Draft : Grading the AFC South (4)

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Grade : C+

Whereas the Texans and Jaguars had some obvious draft strategies the Titans draft is a bit more circumspect in large part because, they had fewer gaps on the roster to fill.

The focus instead was on adding depth. Drafting Taylor Lewan is a big plus. He is a truly vicious blocker. Whilst he made give away some penalties for unnecessary roughness having a Rottweiler like Lewan protecting an injury prone QB like Jake Locker or a rookie like Zach Mettenberger can only be a plus.

After Lewan though the success of the draft is less clear cut. The Titans were the first team to take a running back off the board and chose to take Bishop Sankey. Taking a talent like Sankey with the 54th overall pick certainly a good deal but so much is going to depend on getting him into the right scheme for his talents. The Titans might regret overlooking a RB like Carlos Hyde.

As for DT DaQuan Jones and safety Marqueston Huff both need major work if they are to be NFL regulars.

Perhaps the biggest question mark concerns Zach Mettenberger. The LSU quarterback has had numerous issues from a diluted urine sample at the combine to pleading guilty to two
counts of misdemeanour sexual battery.

Aside from the intangibles it is important to note that Mettenberger was never especially mobile player and has since picked up an ACL injury. All this suggests that he might struggle in the NFL.

On the positive though Mettenberger has a good arm and will reportedly be given time to develop since he is apparently competing for the backup job. However, given Locker's
injury record this could led to Mettenberger having to play sooner rather than later.

Overall the Titans draft was unspectacular.

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