Tennessee Titans: Re-Grading the 2010 NFL Draft Class
The Tennessee Titans' 2010 NFL draft class has been somewhat of a disappointment. While it still has six of the nine picks from that draft (two current starters), none of the picks has been a standout.
With the 2013 NFL draft just hours away, let's take a look back on the Titans' draft class of 2010.
Derrick Morgan, DE (1st Round, 16th Overall)
Derrick Morgan has been an monumental disappointment for the majority of his time in Tennessee.
He played only four games in his rookie season before tearing his ACL, only registering 1.5 sacks and 5 tackles. He followed it up with a less than stellar sophomore campaign, where he only had 2.5 sacks and 30 tackles in 15 total games.
However, last year, Morgan started showing some signs of of the player that the Titans were hoping to get. Morgan lead the team with 6.5 sacks, and also added 59 tackles, 6 pass deflections, and 1 forced fumble. He also played and started all 16 games.
Still, Morgan really has failed to live up to expectations. He still has 2 guaranteed years left on his contract, but it is possible the Titans could cut ties with him if he has a down year.
Damian Williams, WR (3rd Round, 77th Overall)
Williams turned out to be arguably the best pick in the Titans' draft class.
He really didn't contribute too much during his rookie season, only catching 16 passes for 219 yards, while mainly contributing as a special teamer.
In his second year, after Kenny Britt's serious knee injury, Williams was pushed into the starting role. While he didn't put up astounding numbers, he still proved to be a pretty solid No. 2 option behind Nate Washington. He finished that season with 592 yards on 45 catches with 5 touchdowns.
Last year, Williams was still somewhat productive even with the return of Britt and the addition of Kendall Wright. He racked up 30 catches for 324 yards, but couldn't get back into the end zone.
This is a contract year for Williams, and I'm not really expecting him to stick around after this season, but I believe that he will be able to find work somewhere at the very least as a slot receiver.
Rennie Curran, OLB (3rd Round, 97th Overall)
After a stellar college career playing for the University of Georgia, Curran was labeled by many as the best weak side linebacker in the draft class.
Unfortunately, he couldn't translate his success to the NFL, playing only one season as a special teamer in Tennessee before being released the following year. He spent the 2012 preseason in Tampa Bay before being released again, and is currently playing for the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League.
Alterraun Verner, CB (4th Round, 104th Overall)
Verner has shown flashes of being a stellar cornerback, but also has struggled at times as well.
In his rookie season, playing across from Cortland Finnegan, Verner started 12 of the 16 games he played, and finished the season with 101 tackles, three interceptions, and one forced fumble.
The next season, he was relegated to the slot, with Jason McCourty emerging as the starter. Verner still did pretty well that season in his reduced role, though he only reeled in one interception.
With Finnegan moving on to St. Louis, Verner got his chance to regain his starting job. This time around, he struggled mightily, partially due to the ineptitude of the safety position.
Overall, Verner has been a pretty solid pick, but he'll need a bounce back year if he wants to keep his starting job, especially this being a contract year for him.
Robert Johnson, DB (5th Round, 148th Overall)
Johnson has been more of a special teamer than a safety, but last year, he got his opportunity in the first two games of the season. He struggled against the Patriots and Chargers, and later was used as a reserve. He got one more start before being placed on IR with a foot injury.
Johnson really hasn't been impressive as a safety, but is a dependable special teamer.
Rusty Smith, QB (6th Round, 176th Overall)
In his very limited playing time, Smith has been horrid.
In his rookie season, due to injuries to Vince Young and Kerry Collins, he was thrown into the fray, and in the two games he played, he threw 0 touchdown passes and 4 interceptions.
He didn't get to play at all in 2011, and played just one game in garbage time against the Vikings, where he did a decent job considering the circumstances.
Smith always seems to do pretty well in preseason, which explains why the Titans have stuck with him as the ever important No. 3 quarterback, but this season, the Titans better pray that both Jake Locker and Ryan Fitzpatrick can both stay healthy, knock on wood.
Myron Rolle, SS (6th Round, 207th Overall)
Rolle put his promising football career on hold in order to attend Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He returned for the 2010 Draft, and Tennessee picked him hoping to find a steal.
Unfortunately, Rolle spent the 2010 season on the practice squad, and was cut the following preseason. He would be signed by Pittsburgh in January 2012, but would eventually retire to attend medical school.
Marc Mariani, WR (7th Round, 222nd Overall)
From 7th round pick to return ace, Mariani was a long shot to even make the roster, but after a solid pre-season, he ended up finding his way onto the main roster as a kick return, and did not disappoint, returning two kicks for touchdowns in 2010.
The team attempted to get him more involved into the offense in 2011, but most of those attempts failed, partially due to the clutter at the receiver position.
Mariani missed all of 2012 with a serious leg injury, and goes into the 2013-14 campaign in a fight to win his job back from the grips of Darius Reynaud, who had a huge season as the kick returner last season.