The Titans have had some pretty good draft picks since Mike Reinfeldt. This year could be his best yet. Some really big names were taken along with some potential risks. For this series I'm going to break down each pick individually and let you know how successful I think they will become.
Robert Johnson was not a guy I was originally big on when the Titans selected him. We already have two fantastic safeties, as well a pretty good backup in Vinny Fuller.
Originally I felt like we wasted a 5th round pick on a special teamer from Utah.
Then I watched his highlight reel. This guy is incredible. His acceleration to the ball is mind boggling when you consider he only ran a 4.57 40 yard dash. His explosion shows in his shuttle and three cone times, which were faster than any safety at the combine.
The first thing I noticed when watching Johnson was his instincts against the quarterback. As soon as the quarterback started to drop his arm Johnson was on his way to the ball. The biggest setback of this is the pump fake would inevitably trick him.
My favorite thing about Johnson is his ability to catch someone from behind. Many times at Utah, the other safety or cornerback blew their coverage and a receiver would look like he was going for a touchdown. However, Johnson was able to catch up to them and make the diving tackle two or three times resulting in a fumble right before the goal line.
Johnson's not just a coverage guy though. He makes the hits as well. You watch him play and he's not afraid to lay a hit into anyone. He actually kinda reminds me of defensive coordinator, Chuck Cecil.
This brings me to why I think we drafted him. He's going to make a pretty good special teamer for the next couple of years, but I think Johnson is going to be Cecil's little project. If anyone can turn Johnson into a future pro bowl caliber safety, it would be Cecil.
Other Draft Picks:
Round 1: Derrick Morgan
Round 3: Damian Williams
Round 3: Rennie Curran
Round 4: Alterraun Verner
Round 5: Robert Johnson
Round 6: Rusty Smith
Round 6: Myron Rolle
Round 7: Marc Mariani
Round 7: David Howard