NFL Draft 2008: Will The Titans Ever Draft A Wide Reciever?

Jeremy KaufmanSenior Analyst IApril 21, 2008

            Last year, the Tennessee Titans somehow managed to completely ignore their number 1 need going into the draft: a wide receiver. Despite a number of viable options that were available throughout the 2007 draft, the Titans simply elected to neglect their glaring whole, opting to make uninformed draft choices such as Chris Henry in the 2nd round rather than opting for a valuable receiver to help catalyze the growth of Vince Young. This year, I fear that the Titans will continue to make the same mistake.

            The 2008 draft will be home for a plethora of talented wide receivers, ranging from the speedy DeSean Jackson to the possession- prototype James Hardy. However, in spite of these tantalizing options that I am sure Vince Young would love to have on his side, many NFL experts have predicted that the Titans will opt to use their first round pick on Kentwan Balmer, an unmotivated defensive tackle from North Carolina. While Balmer is undoubtedly talented, The Tennessee Titans are already armed with arguably the greatest defensive tackle in the game, Albert Haynesworth. The argument made by these so- called experts is that having Balmer play alongside Haynesworth will maximize Haynesworth’s potential. This makes me wonder; didn’t Haynesworth already reach his potential? In fact, even if playing alongside Balmer somehow brought a little something extra out of Haynesworth, would a franchise wide receiver still not be more valuable to the team? It seems like common sense to me, but maybe there’s something I don’t know. After all, Isaiah Thomas decided to maximize Eddy Curry’s potential on the Knicks by bringing in Zach Randolph, and we all saw how well that worked out (that’s sarcasm, in case you can’t tell). I guess overcrowding an already above average position is better strategy than filling a glaring need, even with the price- tag that it will take to land Balmer in the first round. However, I for one will have to disagree.