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Tennessee Titans 2012 Draft: Grading the Team's Second Day Picks

CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 10:  Zach Brown #47 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts to making an interception against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Kenan Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Daniel BarnesCorrespondent IIIApril 27, 2012

The Titans surprised everyone in the first round, again, by selecting Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright over David DeCastro, the top guard in the class, and Whitney Mercilus, the player that led the FBS in sacks and forced fumbles.

On Day Two, the Titans again surprised by not taking the top prospects on the board. Instead, they took Zach Brown and Mike Martin.

 

Round Two: Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina

Like the selection of Kendall Wright, I would've been alright with this pick if better prospects weren't available.

Peter Konz, the top center in this year's draft class, was shockingly available when the Titans were picking. Center is also the Titans' biggest need, so the pick seemed like a no-brainer.

If the pick was not Konz, I was sure it would be Devon Still. Still was, by a large margin, the best defensive tackle on the board, and that's a position the Titans were looking to upgrade. It also didn't hurt that he went to Penn State, coach Munchak's alma mater.

Instead, the Titans picked Zach Brown.

Like I said with Wright in the first round, in a vacuum, I would be just fine with Zach Brown as the second round pick. However, Brown has some concerns with his work ethic and plays a position that needs upgrading less drastically than center or defensive tackle.

In the Titans' defense, Konz's fall was so far that it makes me think something is wrong with him that we don't know. Once he fell past the Lions, I knew something had to be up.

Brown is a great player. He's a speed freak and has great tape, but there were better players that they could have taken. Devon Still, Josh Robinson or Vinny Curry would have been better selections.

Grade: B

 

Round Three: Mike Martin, DT, Michigan

This pick isn't as big a head scratcher as the first two. Everyone knew the Titans were targeting defensive linemen early, so seeing a defensive tackle here was expected. What is surprising is which defensive tackle they went with.

I had Mike Martin ranked below Brandon Thompson and Alameda Ta'amu, both of whom were available. However, the Titans already have a 4-3 nose in Jurrell Casey, and since Thompson and Ta'amu both project as noses, they don't fit the scheme.

Martin is a little bit of an under the radar pick, but he had a fantastic combine. He managed to get 36 reps on the bench, second best of all positions at the Combine.

He also looked great in the practices for the Senior Bowl, absolutley abusing Ohio State center Michael Brewster.

This is a pick that is a slight reach, but as an under tackle, Martin is a better scheme fit, and a starting quality defensive tackle would be tough to find any later in the draft.

However, like the last few picks, there were better players available, like Cam Johnson, Leonard Johnson and Antonio Allen.

Grade: B+

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