Titans Make Good Use of 11 Picks in NFL Draft

Blaize PenningtonCorrespondent IApril 27, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 22:  Wide receiver Kenny Britt of Rutgers catches the football during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 22, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

The Tennessee Titans usually have one or two picks in every draft that make people scratch their heads. Last year, it was pretty much their first two picks that had Tennesseans yelling at their televisions.

A track star running back out of ECU with their first pick and a no-name defensive end out of Eastern Michigan? What were they thinking?

Well, all Titans fans know how that draft turned out. Now it's 2009, and the Titans have made their selections. How did they do?

1. Kenny Britt: WR, Rutgers

Kenny Britt passed Larry Fitzgerald for most career receiving yards in the Big East with 3,043 yards in just 34 games. This says a lot considering what the Cardinals wide receiver has done in the NFL.

Though Britt isn't a burner, he is a strong catch-in-traffic receiver, which is what the Titans need right now.

2. Sen'Derrick Marks: DT, Auburn

Marks received All-American third team honors his freshman year and SEC second team honors his sophomore and junior years.

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Marks is a big body who is very good at stopping the run. He has injury problems, but being a backup, he may just have time to let his body heal.

Though this is more of a depth pick, Marks has potential to start in the coming years.

3. Jared Cook: TE, South Carolina

Jared Cook is a fantastic athlete out of South Carolina. He finished first among tight ends in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, and broad jump. Though he is not a big-time blocker, he adds another target to the Titans offense.

4. Ryan Mouton: CB, Hawaii

This was kind of a questionable pick. Mouton played nickelback at Hawaii and was chosen over Vanderbilt's first cornerback, D.J. Moore.

However, the Titans were not the only team to skip over Moore, so apparently the scouts saw something the "experts" didn't.

Mouton will most likely be a special teams player for the Titans.

5. Gerald McRath: LB, Southern Mississippi

This was an excellent fourth round pick. Though McRath wasn't a household name by any means in college, he was named Conference USA Player of the Year.

With work from the Titans' defensive staff, McRath could add a lot of depth to the Titans' defense and special teams units.

6. Troy Kropog: OT, Tulane

Kropog is a great lineman, but he isn't strong enough for the NFL right now. However, in college he didn't have much trouble and blocked for Matt Forte, who is now the running back for the Chicago Bears.

With some strength training, Kropog is a very healthy player and will add some great depth to the Titans' line.

7. Javon Ringer: RB, Michigan St.

Ringer will compete for the third running back spot on the team. This could be a big depth issue, as when Chris Johnson went down in the playoffs last year, the team was helpless.

Ringer's not a speed guy, but he runs between the blocks very well.

8. Jason McCourty: CB, Rutgers

Britt's teammate joins the Titans as another depth position, though unlike Britt, McCourty is a burner. He ran a 4.3 40-yard dash and has size to back it up at 6'0".

There are not many expectations for McCourty, but there weren't many for Cortland Finnegan either.

9. Dominique Edison: WR, Stephen F. Austin

Edison lacks the strength to be a standout wide receiver, but the rest of his game is pretty good. Regarded as one of the faster players in the draft, Edison will add depth at wide receiver and on special teams for the Titans.

10. Ryan Duran: OG, Syracuse

Durand is big and strong and will be able to block many defensive tackles in the league right now. He is a great depth pick for the Titans.

11. Nick Schommer: FS, North Dakota St.

Schommer runs well and can wrap up tackles. He will most likely be a big factor on special teams for the Titans.