NFL Draft: Why the Titans Will Reunite Longhorns Once Again
In 2005, Vince Young connected with Limas Sweed in the corner of the end zone for the go-ahead, and eventual game-winning, touchdown against Ohio State. That win eventually propelled Texas to a National Championship victory over USC, and sent Vince Young, as the third-overall pick in the 2006 draft, to Tennessee.
Fast forward to the 2008 NFL Draft. Following a 10-6 season and a berth in the playoffs, the Titans sit comfortably with the twenty-fourth pick in the draft. That pick, in my opinion, will be used to improve a receiving core that allowed Vince Young only nine passing-touchdowns a year ago. That the was lowest number of touchdown passes for any playoff team in NFL history.
The pick of Limas Sweed, honestly just makes the most sense. When Bo Scaife was drafted along with Vince Young, the rookie quarterback and tight end immediately carried over their college chemistry into a dynamic duo in the NFL. Not to mention that Ahmard Hall and Michael Griffin, also from the National Championship team, have made vast contributions to the Titans organization.
Sweed fits the mould of a big receiver at 6'5" 219 pounds, and can be the big-play guy they've been missing since the departure of Derrick Mason. After acquiring Algie Crumpler and Justin McCareins in the offseason, as well as hiring new offensive mastermind Mike Heimerdinger, the Titans could finally have the pieces to allow Vince Young to improve upon his dismal numbers in 2007.
By selecting a receiver in round one, the Titans can then address the issues on the defensive line. After losing Antwan Odom, Travis LaBoy, and Randy Starks to free agency, the Titans are in dire need of help, especially if the gamble of bringing in a battered Jevon Kearse isn't the answer.
Limas Sweed would be the fifth Longhorn to be reunited on the Titans roster since the 2006 National Championship game. It seems as if the Titans front office is doing their part in making Vince Young still believe he's playing in Austin.
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