LeGarrette Blount. Any college football fan knows the name.
Remember back to that fateful night on Sept. 3, when he committed the "punch heard round the world." It ruined his career. Blount was destined to be a first-round pick as he led the Ducks on a Rose Bowl run. But Blount got suspended 10 games, and basically shattered any chance at being a solid draft pick.
He didn't return until the Civil War that year, where he played very briefly, and then again in the Rose Bowl. Blount also saw a bit of playing time in the Senior Bowl under coach Jim Schwartz.
However it wasn't enough for NFL scouts. Most mock drafts, mine included, had Blount going between the fifth and sixth rounds. When he went undrafted, I'll admit I was a bit surprised...I thought for sure someone would take him. The Lions, among other teams, had shown interest.
Now though, he's been taken in by the Tennessee Titans. A good fit if you ask me. Chris Johnson is a great running back, and will without a doubt remain the starter. But Blount has a good chance of getting up to No. 2.
Johnson is a speed runner, and the Titans don't really have a goal-line-bruiser type runner. Thats where Blount comes in. He'll be able to punch the ball in, and give Johnson a nice breather every once in a while.
After the Titans traded LenDale White, there really is no back-up there either. Tennessee was willing to take a chance on his character issues and sign him...and so far, so good. Jeff Fisher says he enjoys having Blount there, and things are positive from Blount's end as well.
Maybe it'll all work out...or maybe Blount will just go punch someone again. Who knows at this point. He's been in trouble throughout his high school and college career...what's to say he doesn't get in trouble again?
But while I have had my doubts about him, I do hope things work out for Blount...he is a Duck after all. I think he'll fulfill a good role in Tennessee, and may even turn out to be one of those undrafted players gone superstar.