Tennessee Titans: Jared Cook....Biggest Steal in 2009 Draft?

steven barnettContributor IMay 20, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 1: Jared Cook #89 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball during the Tennessee Titans Minicamp on May 1, 2009 at Baptist Sports Park in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

When the New England Patriots went on the clock with the 89th selection in this year's NFL draft, I was in complete shock when I learned the Titans traded a 2010 second round pick for the Patriots third round pick.

I was in even more shock when I found out we drafted Jared Cook, a tight end out of South Carolina, who I wasn't too familiar with, but after doing my research, I feel he was the biggest steal in the draft.

Though Jared Cooks stats weren't eye popping with only 37 catches for 573 yards and only three touchdowns in 2008, many scouts still ranked him high on their charts after the 6'5, 240lbs tight end clocked in at a whopping 4.50. What's even more impressive was his 4.37 40 time in 2007! That alone was enough to intrigue the Titans to trade away a second round pick.

Scouts say this stellar athlete could have been a first or second round selection if it were not for his poor blocking skills, but I have a real good feeling we will see the Titans convert him into a wide receiver.

With the shortest corner back in the NFL being 5'8 and the tallest being 6'4, you can see the difficulty Jared will cause defenders on the field. He has all the weapons to excel on the field and i think he can become a top five receiver.

Now I know saying top five is a huge stretch for a guy that has yet to play an NFL game but i have high expectations for him. With the Titans spending the past four seasons searching for that No. 1 guy, I feel they finally found him this year and I cant wait too see what he will do his rookie season.