In 2005 and 2006, The Titans made back-to-back first round picks, that in hindsight proved to be big time busts. I am also listing a few players that were available to the Titans when they picked and would have made a significant contribution to the Titans.
2005: First Round Selection: CB/KR-Pacman Jones:
Pacman was major disappointment from day one. His draft stock was high before the draft, mainly because he was a quick twitch athlete with exceptional speed and return ability. His coverage skills were average at best. Although Pacman excelled as a return man, his character concerns outweighed his value to the team and he finally found himself off the Titans roster.
Pacman Jones Career Stats:
INT's : 5
Kick/Punt Return Yardage: 2,777
The player the Titans should have drafted at the CB position:
S/CB- Antrel Rolle
DeMarcus Ware was also available when the Titans picked and although he is a beast as a pass rusher he didn't necessarily fit the Titans 4-3 defensive scheme.
Other first round players that would have made sense:
WR Roddy White, WR Braylon Edwards, LB Derrick Johnson, CB Carlos Rogers, TE Heath Miller and OL Logan Mankins.
The Titans could have traded down, picking up additional picks while still acquiring a solid starter. Then again, hindsight is always 20-20.
2006 First Round Selection: QB-Vince Young
In 2006 Vince Young was coming off an impressive Rose Bowl performance where his Texas Longhorns won the national championship. Known as a proven winner, the Titans selected Young with the third overall pick in the 2006 Draft.
Over his brief career with the Titans, Young flashed his dynamic athleticism and won some key games for the Titans. But his poor mechanics, inconsistency, injuries and immaturity finally proved too much for the Titans to endure any longer. Finally leading up to a well publicized outburst between Vince Young and head coach Jeff Fisher.
Vince Young Career Stats:
Comp Pct: 57.9
QB Rating: 75.7
The player the Titans should have drafted at the QB position:
QB - Jay Cutler
Comp Pct: 61.6
QB Rating: 84.3
Among the players that were available to the Titans that have proved to be worthy of their first round grade:
LB A.J. Hawk, DE Mario Williams, TE Vernon Davis and DT Haloti Ngata.
The Draft is far from an exact science, and the Titans have done a great job in recent years acquiring starters through the Draft. Players like RB Chris Johnson, S Michael Griffin and WR Kenny Britt have made a significant impact on the field and are a part of a young but talented nucleus of players for the Titans.
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