Titan's 2006 Draft- Worst in the Division

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Titan's 2006 Draft- Worst in the Division
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It's time to grade the Titans on their 2006 draft.

For grading criteria, if the player made it to the Pro Bowl, he gets an A.  If he has started at least 24 games, 1.5 seasons, he gets a B.  C's are still on the team.  D's are still in the NFL.  F's are no longer in the NFL.  Plus and minuses are subjective.

Round One, Pick Three: Vince Young, QB, Texas

Vince actually went to the Pro Bowl with mediocre statistics. He has a career QB rating of 68.8, and has lost his starting job. He has thrown 10 more interceptions than touchdowns (32-22), and has fumbled four times. Although Young has a better winning percentage (because of the defense), Cutler has thrown for almost twice the yardage. I was going to hurt the grade significantly for this pick, but I'll give the extra credit for Finnegan here.

Grade A- (I was going to downgrade all the way to a B)

Round Two, Pick 45: LenDale White, RB, USC

He has played in 45 games, starting 18. He has 2,127 yards rushing with 22 TDs. He has only rushed for 3.8 yards per carry, which leaves much to be much to be desired. He is a good short yardage back, and will push the pile most times. There are much worse things to be than a short yardage Jerome Bettis.

Grade B

Round Four, Pick 102: Calvin Lowry, DB, Penn State

He played two years on the Titans, then joined the Broncos for 2008. After 11 games, he was cut and joined the Jaguars. In his career he has 14 starts in 43 games. He played all 32 possible games for the Titans, starting 11. He has gathered 86 tackles and two interceptions.

Grade C+.

Round Four, Pick 116: Stephen Tulloch, LB, N.C. State

Stephen developed into a starter in the 2008 season, starting 12 out of 16 contests. He has played in all possible 48 games and had four other starts, for a total of 16. He has made 176 career tackles, 1.5 sacks, and one interception. I am going to grade him as a starter. 

Grade: B

Round Five, Pick 137: Terna Nande, LB, Miami (OH)

He played in one game for the Titans, and made a tackle. He is currently a member of the BC Lions (CFL).

Grade F. 

Round Five, Pick 169: Jesse Mahelona, DT, Tennessee

He played in 10 games for the Titans, with one start. He also made the rosters of the Dolphins and Falcons, but never recorded a statistic for either team, sans one appearance for the Falcons. While in Tennessee, he did make 11 tackles and knocked down a pass. However, He is no longer in the NFL.

Grade F.

Round Six, Pick 172: Jonathon Orr, WR, Wisconsin

He made the roster as a rookie and was out of the NFL without recording a single statistic.

Grade F.

Round Seven, Pick 215: Cortland Finnegan, DB, Samford

Finnegan made the Pro Bowl. He has played in all possible 48 games, starting 34. He has six career interceptions, 235 tackles, defended 37 passes, and visited the end zone once. As a seventh round choice; this deserves major extra credit, which I applied to Vince Young's benching.

Grade A.

Round Seven, Pick 245: Spencer Toone, LB, Utah

He played in 3 games for the Titans without recording a statistic. He is out of the NFL.

Grade F.

Round Seven Pick 246: Quinton Ganther, RB, Utah

He has nine carries for 61 yards and six receptions for 43 yards. He has gotten time on special teams, making four career tackles there. Not bad for a seventh round choice.

Grade C.

 

So we will add up all of the grade points, just like you would in college, grade x credits. Let's pretend that the first round is a seven credit class, the second round is six and so forth. The Titans have 32 credits, with 71.1 grade points. 

That gives them a GPA of 2.22.

The Titans didn't do terrible in this draft with this quantity.  They did have 10 draft choices, and this team will not replace 20 percent of its roster in any one year with rookies alone. So some of these were bound to not make the team.

That being said, the Titans should have required a 2007 third round choice, rather than a 2006 fourth round choice from the Eagles when they allowed them to trade up and select Winston Justice.

Comparing to the other AFC South Teams, the Titans had the worst draft, even though they got two Pro Bowlers, a starting LB, a back up RB, and a special teamer. The Texans (3.24) had the best draft, followed by the Colts (3.09) and Jaguars (2.76).

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