Grades and Analysis for Tennessee Titans 2013 Draft
Another draft in the books.
The Tennessee Titans stuck to what they usually do in that they made a lot of surprise picks, including a big trade on Day 2 and a surprise or two on Day 3.
The front office stuck to its usual MO and picked a few players who won't make their full impacts for another year or so, which is surprising given that Titans management is on the hot seat.
It's impossible to accurately evaluate a draft class until at least a couple of years later, but here's my initial reaction to the Titans' picks, along with grades for each.
Round 1, Pick 10: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
I don't think I can summarize this pick better than a friend of mine did, after I expressed my regrets that the Titans chose Chance Warmack.
"Chance Warmack could be the difference between winning seven games and winning seven games."
No matter how good a guard is, they just don't have that big an impact. Everyone likes to talk about the Saints being so good because of, to some degree, their great guard tandem in Carl Nicks and Jahri Evans.
The problem is that those players were selected in the fourth and fifth rounds, like most starting guards. It's a position of low value, and there's no excuse for spending the 10th overall pick on the second best prospect at that position.
Round 2, Pick 34: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
This pick is tough to grade. The Titans gave up a lot (2014 third-rounder, seventh-rounder) to move up six spots and took a position of lesser need, but the value is phenomenal.
Justin Hunter is a top-20 talent, and the fanbase should be psyched to see their state university's star receiver staying in state. However, I really think it would've behooved the Titans to take one of the great pass-rushers or corners here.
Still, the great value of the pick plus its potential to be a need in the future makes it a solid overall signing.
Round 3, Pick 70: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
I was criticizing the Titans through the whole process for waiting so long on a corner, but they proved that they knew what they were doing.
Blidi Wreh-Wilson can start right off the bat and was considered a borderline first-rounder by many. Picking him up this late, after way less talented corners had been taken, was a steal that filled a huge need.
I don't think they could have made a better pick considering what they had and who was still on the board.
Round 3, Pick 97: Zaviar Gooden, OLB, Missouri
Why the Titans chose to address the backup linebacker position before defensive end and safety, which are bigger needs in my opinion, I don't know.
Zaviar Gooden has a lot of athleticism but never played up to his ability at Missouri. Outside-linebacker depth was needed, but there were better players, even at the same position available, so I'm not wild about the pick.
Besides, Alex Okafor and Shamarko Thomas were still on the board. I think either would have been a better pick (or Jelani Jenkins at the same position).
Round 4, Pick 107: Brian Schwenke, C, California
The Titans were interested in Brian Schwenke for most of the offseason, so the pick isn't shocking in that sense. What is interesting is the position.
Since the Titans are saying that Schwenke will have an opportunity to start (via MercuryNews.com), it probably means they're looking to him, not current center Fernando Velasco, as the long-term solution at center.
The Titans have plugged in the last hole of their offensive line, and Schwenke is a potential starting center. Velasco just signed a one-year tender, so Schwenke could force him out by next season, if he hasn't already.
Round 5, Pick 142: Lavar Edwards, DE, LSU
Even though the Titans have said they didn't see defensive end as a big need, there was no denying that depth was sorely needed at the position. They finally addressed that need with their fifth-round pick.
Lavar Edwards is interesting. He didn't see a ton of playing time behind Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery but still managed the same number of sacks as Mingo (4.5). He also has prototypical measurements at 6'4" and 277 pounds.
For a depth/rotational end, he could be a good addition, but I wish the coaching staff had addressed the need sooner.
Round 6, Pick 202: Khalid Wooten, CB, Nevada
To be honest, I had never heard of Khalid Wooten before the draft. When I looked him up, I can see why the Titans were interested in him. He had a solid combine performance and had an outstanding 14 defended passes in 2012.
Why he didn't get more attention with those numbers, I don't know, but I certainly understand the pick. He'll probably be an immediate special-teams contributor.
I know the Titans like his speed, and that was probably a concern with Jordan Poyer, but I don't see how Poyer was not the pick here if the Titans were seeking another corner.
Round 7, Pick 248: Daimion Stafford, S, Nebraska
Daimion Stafford isn't a great safety prospect, but in the seventh round, he's by no means a bad one. Over 2012, Stafford had seven defended passes, four interceptions and two forced fumbles.
At the combine, Stafford distinguished himself on the bench press with 21 reps but had a slow 40 time at 4.69 seconds. He improved his time at his pro day, but only slightly.
With Bernard Pollard and George Wilson on the team, there's no way Stafford sees much playing time, if any, but he's got potential as a developmental strong safety, so I like the pick.